Julia A. Thompson

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Defense Analyst
Washington Office


M.A. in war studies, King's College London; B.S.F.S. in international politics, Georgetown University


Julia Thompson is a defense analyst at RAND. Her recent research has focused on crisis management, South Asian security, and nuclear and conventional deterrence. Prior to joining RAND, Thompson was a research associate at the Stimson Center, where she focused on terrorism, militancy, and emerging nuclear technologies and doctrines. She has co-edited two volumes of essays on deterrence stability in South Asia, and one volume on anti-satellite weapons, deterrence, and Sino-American space relations. She previously interned at the National Defense University's Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS), and for a consultancy providing analytical, strategic, financial, and market research support for clients in the aerospace, defense, and government services industries.

Selected Publications

Michael Krepon and Julia Thompson, Editors, Anti-satellite Weapons, Deterrence and Sino-American Space Relations, The Stimson Center, 2013

Michael Krepon and Julia Thompson, Editors, Deterrence Stability and Escalation Control in South Asia, The Stimson Center, 2013