King Mallory

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Director, RAND Center for Global Risk and Security; Senior International Defense Researcher; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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B.A. in Russian language and literature, Middlebury College


King Mallory is the director of the RAND Center for Global Risk and Security, a senior researcher at the RAND Corporation, and a member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty. Previously, he was National Security Policy Coordinator for the presidential campaign of Ohio Governor John R. Kasich. He served as CEO of the Aspen Institute Germany (2007-2013) and as the Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretaries of State for Near Eastern Affairs Bill Burns, David Welch and their (Principal) Deputy Liz Cheney from (2002-2007). Mallory was CEO of Credit Suisse Investment Funds Moscow AO (1992-1997) and participated in the structuring and closing of numerous mezzanine and buyout transactions at Allied Capital (1997-2002). Before joining the private sector, Mallory specialized in Russian and non-proliferation issues and was a research assistant, visiting fellow, and assistant policy analyst at Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, German Institute for International and Security Affairs and RAND, respectively. He has a B.A. in Russian language and literature from Middlebury College.

Previous Positions

National Security Policy Coordinator, Kasich for America Inc.; Executive Director, The Aspen Institute Germany; Senior Advisor, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Recent Projects

  • New Challenges in Cross Domain Deterrence
  • Burdensharing and its Discontents: Understanding and Optimizing Allied Contributions
  • Analyzing the Health and Strength of Alliance and Partner Architectures

Selected Publications

Krause J., Mallory C. K., The Role of Chemical Weapons in Soviet Military Doctrine: Military and Historical Experience 1914-1992, Westview Press, 1992

Krause J., Mallory C. K. "Strategic Implications of the Iranian Nuclear Programme," in Krause J., Mallory C. K., Iran's Nuclear Programme: Strategic Implications, Rutledge, 2011

Krause J., Mallory C. K., International State Building and Reconstruction Efforts: Experience Gained and Lessons Learned, Budrich, 2010

Krause J., Mallory C. K., Afghanistan, Pakistan and Strategic Change: Adjusting Western Regional Policy, Rutledge, 2014

Mallory C. K., "The Transatlantic Relationship in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities," All Azimuth: A Journal of Foreign Policy and Peace (Bilkent University), 74(1 (1)), 2012

Honors & Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa (Jr. Year), Middlebury College
  • Summa Cum Laude, Middlebury College


Russian; German; French


  • Marines with Combat Marksmanship Coaches Reserve conduct the new Annual Rifle Qualification at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, September 21, 2021, photo by Lance Cpl. Samwel Tabancay/U.S. Marine Corps


    Countering Violent Extremism in the U.S. Military

    To support the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)'s efforts to counter extremism in its ranks, the authors considered how a terrorism prevention framework might address the issue. They offer intervention initiatives that DoD might consider adopting.

    Oct 25, 2021

  • The Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, a mausoleum in Pyongyang, North Korea, photo by narvikk/iStock


    North Korean Sanctions Evasion Techniques

    This report details the entities involved in North Korea's sanctions evasion activities and sanctions evasion techniques in the areas of hard-currency generation, restricted and dual-use technology acquisition, covert transport, and covert finance.

    Sep 23, 2021

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    DPRK Sanctions: Countering DPRK Proliferation Activities

    This tool provides an understanding of sanctions regimes currently in force against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

    Apr 29, 2019

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    New Challenges in Cross-Domain Deterrence

    This Perspective places deterrence within the spectrum of influence strategies available to international actors. Strategies of deterrence by denial or by threat of punishment are suggested for space, cyberspace, hybrid warfare, and terrorism.

    Apr 12, 2018

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    Aiding Russia and Ukraine

    Discusses an aid package for Russia and Ukraine consistent with the limitations on G-7 resources; reasonable balance in aid policies toward both countries; emphasis on providing incentives for foreign investment.