National Security Research Division

Blog Posts and Media Coverage

  • Not to Worry, Israel

    Oct 23, 2014

    Some Israelis worry that America's fight against the Islamic State is distracting from the Iranian nuclear challenge. But the idea that the U.S. would make additional concessions to Iran in the nuclear negotiations because of the anti-Islamic State group effort is not based on realities on the ground.

  • Is Obama a Modern-Day Quintus Fabius Maximus?

    Oct 22, 2014

    Critics say President Obama dragged his feet on sending more troops to Afghanistan, on addressing the dangers in Libya, on providing support to Syria's rebels and, most recently, on initiating military action against Islamic State. But is that necessarily such a bad thing?

  • Destroy ISIL's Heavy Weapons and Vehicles: Level the Playing Field

    Oct 20, 2014

    More than any other option, employing air power decisively to deny ISIL the ability to use its armor and artillery has the potential to immediately and dramatically shift the battlefield balance against it.

  • The Upside of Lower Oil Prices

    Oct 17, 2014

    Movement toward sharply lower oil prices should be a prominent component of any strategy directed at disabling many of the world's most disruptive threats: Iran's nuclear development, ISIS, Hamas attacks on Israel, and Russia's threat to Ukraine.

  • Air Campaign Against ISIS Is Just Getting Off the Ground

    Oct 17, 2014

    More than 60 countries have joined the coalition against ISIS, with at least 12 participating in the air campaign. Eventually, this will be an impressive armada, but the campaign is still in its first stage, and most of the coalition participants joined the effort only recently.

  • 7 Lessons from 13 Years of War

    Oct 16, 2014

    RAND senior international policy analyst Linda Robinson addressed the annual Army USA Conference in Washington to present new research that distills lessons learned from the U.S. experience in the last 13 years of war.

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