National Security Research Division

Blog Posts and Media Coverage

  • 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.

  • What Could U.S. Boots on the Ground Do in Iraq and Syria?

    Oct 15, 2014

    Before embracing American boots on the ground as a strategy to fight ISIS, it's essential to be clear about what they're going to do, what they may require, and what risks may be entailed.

  • The Foreign Policy Essay: Hearts, Minds, & ISIL

    Oct 13, 2014

    Defeating ISIL will not come from “winning hearts and minds” and soft power, nor will it come from a handful of precision airstrikes. It will require hard, bloody ground combat. The United States may not want to admit this, but it is the grim truth nonetheless.

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