National Security Research Division

Blog Posts and Media Coverage

  • Will Obama's Light-Footprint Strategy Be Successful Against ISIS?

    Sep 17, 2014

    President Obama's campaign against ISIS militants marks a notable strategic shift in the conduct of warfare against terrorists and insurgents. It eschews the use of overwhelming force and embraces a light-footprint strategy that relies on precision strikes from U.S. aircraft, clandestine ground units, and local allies.

  • The U.S. Can't Count on Regional Support in the Fight Against ISIS

    Sep 16, 2014

    Regional governments may put some of their differences aside to help fight ISIS. But in a region rife with turmoil and multiple internal fissures, Washington cannot count on its confrontation with ISIS as its partners' overriding priority.

  • RAND Experts Discuss U.S. Strategy on ISIS

    Sep 15, 2014

    President Obama outlined a strategy last week to deal with the threat posed by the terrorist group known as ISIS. RAND experts discuss the speech and the follow-up efforts so far.

  • Ebola: The Faceless National Security Threat

    Sep 10, 2014

    The rapid, uncontrolled spread of aggressive diseases such as Ebola is often a matter of national security. U.S. intelligence professionals must establish relevant information collection and dissemination mechanisms to deal with such contingencies.

  • Afghanistan Back to the Brink

    Sep 8, 2014

    The impasse between the Abdullah and Ghani camps has grown so significant that some senior Afghan political and security officials considered imposing an interim government, a move tantamount to a coup.

  • The Damage Already Done in Ukraine

    Sep 8, 2014

    The conflict in Ukraine calls for capable diplomacy, open channels of communication, and clear strategies. At least the latter two appear to be absent, but they can be developed in time. Ending the conflict, however, calls for clear mutual intent to solve problems, build trust, and move forward.

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