National Security Research Division

  • Waging Insurgent Warfare: Lessons From the Vietcong to the Islamic State

    A new book from terrorist expert Seth G. Jones, Director of NSRD’s International Security and Defense Policy Center, explores the history of 181 insurgencies since the end of World War II, providing lessons for those fighting insurgent campaigns today in such countries as Syria, Libya and Iraq.

Blog Posts and Media Coverage

  • Can Trump Make a Deal with Putin?

    Dec 5, 2016

    If executed properly, President-elect Trump's diplomacy could help reverse a destabilizing downward spiral in U.S.-Russian relations and create a vision of what normal relations might entail.

  • Presidential Policy Directive 1: Forming the NSC

    Dec 5, 2016

    If precedent holds, the National Security Council will be defined in the first policy directive that President Trump signs in the early weeks of his administration. Several important questions should be considered.

  • The Islamic State-Taliban Rivalry in Afghanistan

    Nov 28, 2016

    The weakening of the Islamic State is a positive step. But Taliban successes against the group have strengthened the Taliban's power, bolstered its reputation, and complicated U.S. and Afghan government efforts to wind down the Afghan war.

  • DIUx: Capturing Technological Innovation

    Nov 23, 2016

    The Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) aims to find new sources of advanced technology to give America an edge over potential foes. DIUx is evidence of another form of innovation: organizing in new ways to capture new ideas.

  • 'If You Want Peace, Prepare for Resistance'

    Nov 22, 2016

    The government of Lithuania issued a guide on how its citizens can resist a potential Russian invasion and occupation. Resistance is a key element of the “Total Defense” strategy which all three Baltic states have been pursuing to varying degrees, spurred on by Russian aggression in Crimea and elsewhere.

  • The Turkish-Russian Rapprochement: How Real? How Durable?

    Nov 21, 2016

    The recent strengthening of ties between Turkey and Russia may represent more of an economic marriage of convenience than a deeply rooted political alliance. On a number of important issues, particularly the Syrian conflict, the two nations have very different interests and priorities.

Recent Publications