John V. Parachini

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

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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Overview

John Parachini (he, him, his) is a senior international and defense researcher, former director of the RAND Intelligence Policy Center, and a member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty. His primary areas of research include intelligence, counterterrorism, weapons proliferation, and warning. He has led RAND projects on the history and future of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence; terrorists' interest in and acquisition of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons; Russian and Chinese conventional arms sales; North Korean decisionmaking; open-source Intelligence; foreign terrorist fighter adaptations to countermeasures; artificial intelligence (AI) in China; and emerging technologies.

Parachini has testified before both houses of Congress and published articles on terrorism and weapons proliferation 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 served as executive director of the Washington office of the Monterey Institute of International Studies' Center for Nonproliferation Studies. Before that, he was a senior associate at the Henry L. Stimson Center, where he focused on nonproliferation and arms control issues. He also served in short assignments at the U.S. State Department.

Parachini has taught at Georgetown University, the University of Southern California Washington Policy Center, and the City University of New York's Baruch College. He earned his Ph.D. in international relations from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.

Previous Positions

Executive Director, Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies; Senior Associate, Henry L. Stimson Center

Recent Projects

  • Strategic Warning: Organizing and Managing the Mission for the Current Era
  • Foreign Fighters and Adaptations to Countermeasures
  • Advancing USMC OSINT Capabilities: Leveraging Intelligence Community Best Practices
  • Factors Shaping North Korea's Thinking on Deterrence, Coercion, Escalation and Conflict Termination
  • Identifying Emerging Technologies and New Uses of Existing Technologies

Selected Publications

John V. Parachini, Rohan Gunaratna, Implications of the Pandemic for Terrorist Interest in Biological Weaspons, RAND Corporation (RR-A612-1), 2022 (forthcoming)

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

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

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

Brian A. Jackson et al., Breaching the Fortress Wall: Understanding Terrorist Efforts to Overcome Defensive Technologies, RAND Corporation (MG-481), 2007

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

Languages

Italian

Recent Media Appearances

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

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