Irina A. Chindea is a political scientist at RAND and a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research interests include strategic competition, U.S. foreign policy and grand strategy, security cooperation, NATO and alliance politics, and irregular warfare. 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.


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


Romanian, Spanish, French

Selected Work

  • Chindea, Irina A., Elina Treyger, Raphael S. Cohen, Christian Curriden, Kurt Klein, Carlos Sanchez, Holly Gramkow, and Khrystyna Holynska, Great-Power Competition and Conflict in Latin America, RAND Corporation (RR-A969-4), 2023
  • Chindea, Irina A., Susan M. Gates, Katherine C. Hastings, Jennifer Lamping Lewis, Emmi Yonekura, Samantha Cherney, Christine DeMartini, Molly Dunigan, Jonah Kushner, and Barbara Bicksler, Creating Readiness Metrics for the Army Civilian Workforce: A Way Ahead for Integrating Readiness into Civilian Workforce Planning, RAND Corporation (RR-A2225-1), 2023
  • Charap, Samuel, Sean M. Zeigler, Irina A. Chindea, Molly Dunigan, Alyssa Demus, John J. Drennan, Walter F. Landgraf III, Jonathan Welch, Grant Johnson, Gregory Weider Fauerbach, Nathan Vest, and Melissa Shostak, Anticipating Flashpoints with Russia: Patterns and Drivers, RAND Corporation (RR-A791-1), 2023
  • LaTourrette, Tom, Todd C. Helmus, and Irina A. Chindea, China's Role in the Global Development of Critical Resources: Case Studies in Coal Power, Electricity Transmission, and Seabed Mining, RAND Corporation (RR-A2096-1), 2022
  • Johnston, Trevor, Erik E. Mueller, Irina A. Chindea, Hannah Jane Byrne, Nathan Vest, Colin P. Clarke, Anusree Garg, and Howard J. Shatz, Countering Violent Nonstate Actor Financing: Revenue Sources, Financing Strategies, and Tools of Disruption, RAND Corporation (RR-A687-1), 2023
  • Pezard, Stephanie, Stephen J. Flanagan, Scott W. Harold, Irina A. Chindea, Benjamin J. Sacks, Abbie Tingstad, Tristan Finazzo, and Soo Kim, China's Strategy and Activities in the Arctic: Implications for North American and Transatlantic Security, RAND Corporation (RR-A1282-1-v2), 2022
  • Rhoades, Ashley L., Elina Treyger, Nathan Vest, Christian Curriden, Brad A. Bemish, Irina A. Chindea, Raphael S. Cohen, Jessica Giffin, and Kurt Klein, Great-Power Competition and Conflict in the Middle East, RAND Corporation (RR-A969-3), 2023
  • Flanagan, Stephen J., Anika Binnendijk, Irina A. Chindea, Katherine Costello, Geoffrey Kirkwood, Dara Massicot, and Clint Reach, Russia, NATO, and Black Sea Security, RAND Corporation (RR-A357-1), 2020

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