National Security Research Division

  • Greater Transparency and Accountability Key to Improving Effectiveness of Israel Police

    A RAND study addressed issues of public perceptions and trust in the Israel Police, and benchmarked Israel’s law enforcement agencies against other police organizations. This year, recommendations from the report have been adopted by the Israel Police, including the launch of a pilot program for the use of body worn cameras. NSRD director and RAND Vice President Jack Riley, and Senior Economist Steven Popper are among the study’s lead authors.

Blog Posts and Media Coverage

  • Whoever Wins the Presidency, the Next Big International Crisis Will Come from Iran

    Sep 29, 2016

    The next U.S. president is likely to meet many international crises after taking office, and Iran may be one of the most challenging. The continuing climate of repression, the next Iranian presidential election, and Khamenei's eventual demise may provide some important opportunities for him or her.

  • The DNC Hack: Are New Norms Needed?

    Sep 29, 2016

    A new norm that would hold the Russian DNC hack to be unacceptable could not rest on a general prohibition against cyber-espionage or political interference. It would have to combine both prohibitions at once.

  • Invisible Wounds: Closing the Gaps to More Effectively Address These Injuries

    Sep 29, 2016

    Too few of the veterans who experience mental health issues get the help they need and even fewer get the right care. Closing these gaps will require raising awareness about the barriers to care, and changing how the mental health care system is organized and delivers services.

  • Keep Chemical Weapons Out of Terrorist Hands

    Sep 27, 2016

    As the Islamic State group and the Nusra Front seized territory in Syria and northern Iraq, they came upon military sites with chemical munitions and industrial facilities with toxic chemicals. Reducing such opportunities should be a priority.

  • U.S. More Able Than Ever to Combat Terrorism

    Sep 26, 2016

    Acts of pure terrorism are truly arbitrary and extremely difficult to protect against, but they are rare. Improved domestic counterterrorist efforts have uncovered and interrupted close to 90 percent of jihadist terrorist plots in the United States since 9/11.

  • Time to Bury Plans for Counterterrorism Cooperation with Russia in Syria

    Sep 23, 2016

    As two botched airstrikes this week indicate, U.S. counterterrorism cooperation with Russia is just too risky and probably wasn't feasible in the first place. There is too little faith between the two countries for meaningful cooperation in this area.

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