Andrew Radin

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Political Scientist
Washington Office


Ph.D. in political science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; BA in political science and mathematics, University of Chicago


Andrew Radin is a political scientist at the RAND Corporation. He is currently detailed from RAND to the Department of Defense as a Country Director for Afghanistan in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.

His work at RAND has focused on Russia and European security, including studying Russian foreign and security policy; the prospects for security sector reform in Ukraine; and threat of Russian political warfare, hybrid warfare, and measures short of war. He is the author of Institution Building in Weak States: The Primacy of Local Politics, published by Georgetown University Press, and has conducted extensive research on intervention, state building, and security sector reform, with a focus on the Balkans, Southeast Asia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and the University of Southern California, and previously worked at RAND as a summer associate in 2007. He received a Ph.D. in political science from MIT and a B.A. in political science and mathematics from the University of Chicago.


  • Russian President Vladimir Putin, photo by the Russian Presidential Press and Information Office

    Russia's Soft Strategy to Hostile Measures in Europe

    They've been called political warfare, measures short of war, gray zone warfare, and a host of other terms. Russia has used a wide range of hostile measures to expand its influence and undermine governments across the European continent. These tactics should be appreciated for what they are: part of a larger, coherent Russian effort, but ultimately not an insurmountable one.

    Feb 26, 2019 War on the Rocks

  • Polish Army PT-91 tank is seen during Silver Arrow 2017, the multinational military drills involving eleven NATO member countries in Adazi, Latvia October 29, 2017

    How NATO Could Accidentally Trigger a War with Russia

    An increased NATO presence in the Baltics could lead Russia to feel a motivation for an invasion. U.S. and NATO deployments in the region should avoid this risk by taking seriously Russian beliefs about NATO capabilities in planning future deployments, and by pursuing transparency and negotiation in future deployments in the Baltic region.

    Nov 13, 2017 The National Interest

  • A screen, showing Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual end-of-year news conference, is on display in Simferopol, Crimea, December 23, 2016.

    Russia in Action, Short of War

    The West needs to work more quickly and coordinate better to offset Russia's capabilities, aggressiveness, and success. Responding to Russia's hostile influence involves predicting Russia's targets, identifying the tools it's likely to use, and playing the long game rather than focusing on near-term events.

    May 9, 2017 U.S. News & World Report

  • Ukrainian servicemen take part in a rehearsal for the Independence Day military parade in Kiev, August 19, 2016

    What Ukraine Urgently Needs to Defend Itself

    Many think that the United States should do more to help Ukraine defend itself. Analysis points to the potential of U.S. support for fundamental reform of Ukraine's security sector.

    Oct 16, 2016 Newsweek