King Mallory

King Mallory
Director, RAND Center for Global Risk and Security; Senior International Defense Researcher; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Washington Office


B.A. in Russian language and literature, Middlebury College


King Mallory is the director of the Center for Global Risk and Security at the RAND Corporation. He is a former CEO with substantial diplomatic, research, strategic planning, and execution experience. 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 (2007-13) and as the senior advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs from (2002-07) where he also managed $4 billion of the $18 billion U.S. foreign assistance budget. Mallory was CEO of Credit Suisse Investment Funds Moscow AO (1992-97) where he launched the first family of domestic Russian mutual funds for Credit Suisse First Boston. Mallory participated and was instrumental in the structuring and closing of numerous mezzanine and buyout transactions at Allied Capital (1997-02). 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 (SWP) and RAND, respectively. He has a B.A. in Russian language and literature (PBK Jr. Yr., SCL) 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
  • DHS Acquisition Reform

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; Python


  • Report

    Data-Driven Strategic Planning: Aligning Program Planning, Budgeting, and Strategic Goals

    In this report, the authors use a novel data-driven approach to identify key themes and objectives that will help the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer update its strategic plan.

    Oct 19, 2023

  • Multimedia

    North Korean Sanctions Evasion

    Experts chronicle the historical background and rationale for United Nations sanctions on North Korea, discussing the threats posed by North Korean proliferation, the importance of sanctions enforcement, and North Korea's sanction-evasion tactics.

    Aug 15, 2022

  • Report

    Bridging the Gap: Assessing U.S. Business Community Support for U.S.-China Competition

    The authors assess how the U.S. business community viewed Trump administration policies designed to counter China's anticompetitive economic behaviors and how to improve support from the business community in U.S. competition with China.

    May 16, 2022

  • Report

    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

  • Report

    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

  • Tool

    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

  • Commentary

    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

  • Report

    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.