National Security Research Division

Blog Posts and Media Coverage

  • The Only Iran Deal Alternative Worth Considering

    Aug 30, 2015

    Now is the time for Washington to prove its leadership and implement the Iran nuclear deal. The alternative is a major diplomatic defeat for America and an unrestricted Iranian nuclear program.

  • Why Kim Jong Un Fears South Korean Propaganda

    Aug 28, 2015

    While the latest confrontation between North and South Korea appears to be ending peacefully, it provides insight into future North Korean provocations. Words as weapons can work when they are aimed at North Korea's internal politics and backed up by a strong South Korean response supported by the U.S.

  • A Better Deal for Iran

    Aug 24, 2015

    It is critical for lawmakers to understand there will be serious consequences for rejecting the Iran deal. And those consequences look a lot worse for the United States and its partners than for Iran.

  • Afghanistan, Choose Your Enemies Wisely

    Aug 24, 2015

    The Taliban's new leadership may be the last decent opportunity for a political solution to the conflict. Without one, the Islamic State could make Afghanistan the next Iraq or Syria.

  • In Afghanistan, the Glass Is Still Better Seen as Half Full: A Response to Gary Owen

    Aug 24, 2015

    While things are certainly not “great” in Afghanistan, there are more reasons for hope than many had expected to see by this point in the transition from a large U.S. presence to a greatly reduced one.

  • Interdependence Day: Contending with a New Global Order

    Aug 21, 2015

    A team of RAND experts took a sober look at the threats facing the United States and developed a playbook of strategies to address them.

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