Jennifer D. P. Moroney

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Senior Political Scientist
Washington Office


Ph.D. in international relations, University of Kent at Canterbury, England; M.A. in European integration, University of Limerick, Ireland; B.A. in political science and history, Frostburg State University

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Jennifer Moroney is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation and manages many of RAND's security cooperation–related projects for Department of Defense clients. Moroney served on the Defense Science Board summer 2020 study program. From 2014 to 2019, she served as the inaugural director of RAND Australia in Canberra. She was the primary point of contact with clients and local Australian partners, and was RAND's senior representative in Australia. Moroney has contributed to a number of studies in Australia including work for the Departments of Defence, Immigration, and Border Protection (now Home Affairs) and Prime Minister and Cabinet. Before going to Australia, Moroney served as the director of RAND's Defense and Political Sciences Department in the United States. She specializes primarily in European and Eurasian politics, security cooperation strategy and evaluation, and operational analyses and lessons. In her years at RAND, Moroney has led studies for the Department of Defense (DoD), including the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff, Air Force, Army, Combatant Commands, Defense Threat Reduction. Moroney received her Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury, United Kingdom.

Recent Projects

  • Assessment of the consolidation of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP)
  • Countering violent extremism in Australia and abroad: a framework for characterising CVE programs in Australia, the United States, and Europe
  • A New Approach to Security and Justice Sector Assistance: An Enhanced Partnership Planning Model
  • What Works Best When Building Partner Capacity in Challenging Contexts?
  • Lessons from Department of Defense Disaster Relief Efforts in the Asia-Pacific Region

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Eurasia Daily Monitor

Commentary: The Hill; International Herald Tribune; United Press International; U.S. News & World Report


  • An artist rendering of the future Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine, illustration by U.S. Navy

    Making AUKUS Work

    In September 2021, President Biden announced the creation of AUKUS, a trilateral, experimental arrangement among the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom focused on defense technology. The barriers to success are numerous but the partnership could offer significant opportunities.

    Mar 22, 2022 The RAND Blog

  • An I-Kiribati girl watches as the Military Sealift Command joint high-speed vessel USNS Millinocket arrives in Tarawa, Republic of Kiribati, June 2, 2015, photo by Chief Petty Officer Jonathan Kulp/U.S. Navy

    America's Strategy in Oceania: Time for a Better Approach

    China has moved in earnest to engage with Oceania, while the United States is vying to get a toehold in the region. To develop an effective strategy for engaging there, Washington could seek guidance from key allies to better understand their experience, lessons, and efforts already underway.

    Jul 19, 2021 War on the Rocks

  • Royal Australian Navy Able Seaman Marine Technician Joey Mead operates a zodiac as the USNS <em>Mercy</em> transfers cargo aboard the HMAS <em>Labuan</em>, near Timor-Leste, August 15, 2010, photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eddie Harrison/U.S. Navy

    Australian and U.S. Military Health Professionals Can Help Address Pacific Island Needs

    Australia and the United States can combine their military health capabilities to help improve the long-term health security of Pacific island countries. These partnerships should be carefully planned and focus on enduring engagement.

    May 5, 2021 The Strategist

  • The U.S. 7th Fleet amphibious command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) approaches the Royal Australian Navy's Fleet Base East on Garden Island in Sydney July 15, 2013, U.S. Navy Photo

    The Indo-Pacific Contest: It Could be Time for Fresh Ideas on Allied Security Cooperation

    U.S. and Australian interests in the Pacific and Southeast Asia face unprecedented challenges from China, and Australia may not be able to handle them on its own. Momentum is growing for heightened cooperation between Australia and the United States.

    Jul 8, 2020 Pacific Forum

  • The Department of State in Washington, D.C.

    Reforming Security Assistance: Why the State Department Can't Lead from Behind

    The reforms in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act are driving the Department of Defense to improve security cooperation planning. Similar reforms for the State Department could help leaders there more effectively communicate the value of security assistance and maintain their traditional leadership role.

    Sep 5, 2018 The Hill

  • Nepal military personnel sits next to relief supplies at Gorkha district office following Saturday's earthquake in Gorkha, Nepal April 30, 2015

    Nepal Earthquake Response Shows Need for Better International Planning

    The U.S. provided supplies after the earthquake in Nepal, but they piled up at points of delivery because Nepalese customs authorities insisted that standard inspections be followed, even in an emergency situation. These kinds of bureaucratic challenges can be more easily overcome if they are identified and addressed before crises arise.

    May 7, 2015 U.S. News & World Report

  • U.S.Secretary of State John Kerry stands beside a barricade at the Shrine of the Fallen in Kiev, Ukraine March 4, 2014

    4 Ways the U.S. Can Do More for Ukraine

    In the face of Russian military advances in Crimea, Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to the strife-ravaged Eastern European nation is the kind of high-level diplomatic engagement that is needed to reassure Kiev that the West is on its side.

    Mar 4, 2014 U.S. News & World Report

  • A U.S. Marine and a Philippine airman assist an injured Filipino woman off a KC-130J Super Hercules at Vilamore Air Base, Manila, Republic of the Philippines

    Responding in Typhoon Haiyan's Wake

    Prior responses to other recent disasters offer important lessons. Improved preparedness and efficient coordination mechanisms can help ensure that, when time is of the essence, the United States provides the most effective response.

    Nov 12, 2013 U.S. News & World Report

  • The Challenge of Ukraine's European Integration

    Published commentary by RAND staff: The Challenge of Ukraine's European Integration in United Press International.

    Dec 13, 2005 United Press International

  • How to Help Yushchenko

    Published commentary by RAND staff.

    May 6, 2005 International Herald Tribune

  • Spreading Democracy in Ukraine

    Published commentary by RAND staff.

    Feb 15, 2005 The Hill