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


  • Headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland


    Measuring the Health of the Liberal International Order

    As part of a larger study on the future of the post-World War II liberal international order, RAND researchers analyze the health of the existing order and offer implications for future U.S. policy.

    Sep 5, 2017

  • Report

    Enhancing Next-Generation Diplomacy Through Best Practices in Lessons Learned

    To help the Department of State mature its enterprisewide lessons-learned capabilities, this report explores best practices across fields of organizational theory and within both public and private organizations.

    Jun 21, 2017

  • The first C919 passenger jet made by the Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (Comac) during a news conference at the company's factory in Shanghai, November 2, 2015


    Chinese Investment in U.S. Aviation

    This report assesses Chinese investment in U.S. aviation from 2005 to 2016. It provides context in China's demand for aviation products and aviation industrial policies, while assessing technology transfers and impact on U.S. competitiveness.

    Apr 10, 2017