Global Security Environment
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.
Key Research Centers:
- RAND Arroyo Center, the RAND Army Research Division: Strategy Doctrine and Resources Program
- RAND Project AIR FORCE: Strategy and Doctrine Program
- RAND National Security Research Division: International Security and Defense Policy Center
Afghan Peace Talks: A Primer — 2011
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.
This paper examines auction sales of African tribal art for the continent as a whole and by individual nations of origin.
To effectively confront the threat of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the United States relies on the will and capacity of international partners for assistance. It requires international cooperation, including security cooperation programs to enhance partner capacity. Assessing the impact of these efforts is inherently difficult. This report demonstrates how one assessment framework can be applied to these programs.