National Security Research Division

Blog Posts and Media Coverage

  • Why Iran Can't Walk Away from Nuclear Talks So Easily

    Sep 26, 2014

    If the public inflexibility of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif isn't mere diplomatic posturing, they would be gambling not only with their own political futures, but the futures of 80 million Iranians as well.

  • An Inconvenient War

    Sep 25, 2014

    Congress has not addressed President Obama's plans to take other military steps against ISIS. Some members of Congress do not want to vote on the use of military force until after the upcoming elections. Among these are some who fear their vote could cost them votes.

  • War with ISIS: What Does Victory Look Like?

    Sep 25, 2014

    We should start the campaign with an achievable definition of victory and a reasonable expectation about what that will take. We want to degrade ISIS so its ability to attack us and our interests is minimized, and to aid allies like Iraqis and Middle Eastern governments who are willing to commit even limited forces.

  • RAND Experts Discuss U.S. Airstrikes Against ISIS in Syria

    Sep 24, 2014

    The United States and five of its partner nations are conducting strikes against ISIS terrorists in Syria using fighters, bombers, remotely piloted aircraft, and Tomahawk Land Attack missiles. RAND experts discuss the bombings and possible ramifications.

  • Does France Have the Master Plan to Defeat ISIS?

    Sep 24, 2014

    In Mali, France stopped jihadists from taking over, ejected them from the country almost entirely, and struck a major blow to their ability to threaten France and the region. This success story provides important lessons for the U.S. debate about how to deal with ISIS.

  • The More Options, the Better

    Sep 23, 2014

    Preserving the ability of the United States to choose how it will respond to global events is essential. And maintaining options is critical to the calculus.

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