Irina A. Chindea

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Associate 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 an Associate Political Scientist with the Washington D.C. office of the RAND Corporation. Chindea's 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 a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a BSc 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
  • U.S. Army Concepts, Forces, And Posture for the Fight in Europe
  • Sustaining a Stable Strategic Competition with Near-Peer Competitors
  • The Adaptability of Violent Non-State Actors: Anticipating Change in the Operational Environment
  • Civilian Compensation and Benefits for the US Air Force


  • A view shows Russian warships and a sailing vessel during a rehearsal for the Navy Day parade in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol, Crimea July 26, 2019, photo by Alexey Pavlishak/Reuters

    Russia's Strategy in the Black Sea: How NATO Can Up Its Game

    In March 2019, RAND brought together a group of security experts to discuss Russia's strategy in the Black Sea region, and what Western countries can do to protect common interests and counter Moscow's malign influence there.

    Sep 24, 2019 The RAND Blog