Irina A. Chindea

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Political Scientist
Washington Office


Ph.D. in international relations, Tufts University; M.A. in international relations, Tufts University; B.S. in business administration, ASE Bucharest, Romania


Irina A. Chindea is a political scientist with the RAND Corporation. Her research interests include irregular warfare, cooperation and conflict among non-state armed groups, U.S. foreign policy, grand strategy, security cooperation, and alliance politics. The regional focus of her work covers Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East.

Chindea has a Ph.D. in international relations and an M.A. in law and diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a B.Sc. in business administration from the Academy of Economics in Bucharest, Romania.

Previous Positions

Prior to joining the RAND Corporation, Irina pursued a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship with the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School.

Recent Projects

  • Russia, NATO, and Black Sea Security Strategy
  • Anticipating Russia Flashpoints: Past Conflicts and Future Scenarios
  • Sustaining a Stable Strategic Competition with Near-Peer Competitors
  • The Adaptability of Violent Non-State Actors: Anticipating Change in the Operational Environment