Global Security Environment

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RAND analyses help policymakers understand world political, military, and economic trends; the sources of potential regional conflict; and emerging threats to U.S. national security.


RAND research on the global security environment is conducted within each of RAND's national security research divisions and collaboratively across the RAND research community.

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  • U.S. Interests Abroad Face Steep Challenges

    Oct 19, 2016

    Global upheaval is threatening the alliances, economic institutions, and political relationships that have made up the international order since 1945. This is creating challenges for U.S. interests.

  • What Ukraine Urgently Needs to Defend Itself

    Oct 16, 2016

    Many think that the United States should do more to help Ukraine defend itself. Analysis points to the potential of U.S. support for fundamental reform of Ukraine's security sector.

  • Book Review: 'A Kingdom of Their Own: The Family Karzai and the Afghan Disaster'

    Oct 15, 2016

    Foreign observers of Afghanistan tend to think of former President Hamid Karzai's government as a clan of corrupt thugs, led by a feckless, petulant whiner. Joshua Partlow's book tells the story and explores the question of how much the Karzais were responsible for the deterioration of U.S.-Afghan ties.

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    Afghanistan: Guidelines for a Peace Process2011

    The overarching Western objective in Afghanistan should be to prevent that country from becoming not just a haven for transnational terrorists, but a terrorist ally as well.

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    Afghan Peace Talks: A Primer2011

    The objective of a negotiated peace in Afghanistan has been firmly embraced by most of the potential parties to a treaty. However, arriving at an agreement about the sequencing, timing, and prioritization of peace terms is likely to be difficult, given the divergence in the parties' interests and objectives. The U.S. objective in these negotiations should be a stable and peaceful Afghanistan that neither hosts nor collaborates with terrorists.

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    Art Sales as Cultural Intelligence: Analysis of the Auction Market for African Tribal Art2011

    This paper examines auction sales of African tribal art for the continent as a whole and by individual nations of origin.