John V. Parachini

John V. Parachini
Senior International and Defense Researcher, former Director of RAND National Defense Research Institute's Intelligence Policy Center; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School


M.B.A., Georgetown University; M.A. in international relations, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; B.A. in philosophy, Haverford College

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John Parachini (he/him) is a senior international and defense researcher at RAND, former director of the RAND Intelligence Policy Center, and a member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty.

He recently served in the Office of Chemical and Biological Weapons Affairs at the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Arms Control, Deterrence, and Stability. His area of responsibility was Russia and Ukraine.

Parachini's primary areas of research at RAND include chemical and biological weapons proliferation and arms control, intelligence, counterterrorism, conventional arms trade, strategic warning, and implications of emerging technologies for warfight and intelligence. He has led RAND projects on chemical and biological weapons terrorism, pandemic response, intelligence, nuclear smuggling, conventional arms trade, North Korean decisionmaking, open-source Intelligence, and emerging technologies.

He has testified before both houses of Congress and has published articles in the Washington Quarterly, Arms Control Today, RAND Review, The Nonproliferation Review, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, PrismLos Angeles TimesSan Francisco Chronicle, Newsday, USA Today, Asian Military ReviewRealClearWorld, RealClearDefenseThe Hill, and International Herald Tribune.

Previously, Parachini worked at the Monterey Institute of International Studies' Center for Nonproliferation Studies and the Henry L. Stimson Center. 

Parachini has taught at Georgetown University, the University of Southern California's Washington Policy Center, and the City University of New York's Baruch College.

He earned an M.A. in international relations from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, an M.B.A. from Georgetown University, and a B.A. in philosophy from Haverford College.

Selected Publications

Parachini, John V., Jennifer Bouey, Daniel M. Gerstein, Alison K. Hottes, Bradley Martin, Trupti Brahmbhatt, Katherine Grace Carman, Anita Chandra, K. Jack Riley, and Barbara Bicksler, Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Outbreak: Preventing and Managing Future Pandemics, RAND Corporation (PE-A1481-2), 2022

Parachini, John V., Rohan Kumar Gunaratna, Implications of the Pandemic for Terrorist Interest in Biological Weapons: Islamic State and al-Qaeda Pandemic Case Studies, RAND Corporation (RR-A612-1), 2022

Parachini, John V., Ryan Bauer, and Peter A. Wilson, Impact of the U.S. and Allied Sanction Regimes on Russian Arms Sales, RAND Corporation (RR-A1341-1), 2021

Parachini, John V., Scott W. Harold, Gian Gentile, Derek Grossman, Leah Heejin Kim, Logan Ma, Michael J. Mazarr, and Linda Robinson, North Korean Decisionmaking: Economic Opening, Conventional Deterrence Breakdown, and Nuclear Use, RAND Corporation (RR-A165-1), 2020

Weinbaum, Cortney, John V. Parachini, Richard S. Girven, Michael H. Decker, and Richard C. Baffa, Perspectives and Opportunities in Intelligence for U.S. Leaders, RAND Corporation (PE-287-OSD), 2018

Brian A. Jackson et al., Aptitude for Destruction, Vol. 2: Case Studies of Organizational Learning in Five Terrorist Groups, RAND Corporation (MG-331), 2005

Sara A. Daly et al., Aum Shinrikyo, Al Qaeda and the Kinshasa Reactor: Implications of Three Case Studies for Combating Nuclear Terrorism, RAND Corporation (DB-458), 2005

John Parachini et al., Diversion of Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Weapons Expertise from the Former Soviet Union: Understanding an Evolving Problem, RAND Corporation (DB-457), 2005



Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Agence France Press; Australian Financial Review; BBC; Boston Globe; CBS; Christian Science Monitor; CNN; Congressional Quarterly; Dallas Morning News; Fox; History of the 90s Podcast; KCBS-AM; MSNBC; National Journal; NPR; Reuters; Shephard Media; St. Petersburg Times (FL); Toronto Star; Voice of America;; WTOP