Elina Treyger

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Senior Political Scientist
Washington Office


J.D. in law, Harvard University; Ph.D. in political science, Harvard University; B.A. in college scholar, Cornell University


Elina Treyger is a political scientist at the RAND Corporation, and is also a lawyer. Her work at RAND spans topics in three areas of research: (1) homeland security (with a focus on migration, immigration enforcement, and dis- & misinformation); (2) national security and defense (with a focus on Russia and great-power competition); and (3) justice policy (spanning topics in criminal and civil justice, technology and the law).  Treyger’s research relies on quantitative and qualitative social science methods as well as legal and policy analysis. Previously, Treyger was an assistant professor of law at George Mason University’s Law School, an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, and a law clerk for the then-Chief Judge Danny Boggs on the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Treyger received a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University.





  • Report

    Russian Disinformation Efforts on Social Media

    Although portrayals of Russia's disinformation machine as organized and well-resourced are exaggerated, social media disinformation can cause serious harm to U.S. interests. This report provides recommendations to better counter this threat.

    Jun 7, 2022

  • Report

    Stabilizing Great-Power Rivalries

    Leveraging theory and historical cases, the authors identify the factors that keep great-power rivalries stable and those that lead to conflictual outcomes and use that framework to assess the current U.S.-Russia and U.S.-China competitions.

    Nov 29, 2021

  • Report

    Analysis of Russian Irregular Threats

    The authors of this report describe strategic global trends related to Russian global influence and behavior and provide an overview and assessment of hostile activities that Russia has undertaken in the face of these trends.

    Nov 8, 2021

  • Report

    China-Russia Cooperation: Determining Factors, Future Trajectories, Implications for the United States

    Since 2014, China and Russia have strengthened their relationship. In this report, the authors seek to understand the impact of the Chinese-Russian relationship on the United States and implications for future U.S. policy.

    Oct 12, 2021

  • Report

    Understanding and Defending Against Russia's Malign and Subversive Information Efforts in Europe

    The authors describe apparent efforts by Russia and its agents to use information to shape Russia's operating environment, and they identify possible defensive approaches for United States European Command and its partners.

    Aug 16, 2021

  • Report

    Combating Foreign Disinformation on Social Media: Study Overview and Conclusions

    Disinformation campaigns on social media pose a nuanced threat to the United States, but the response remains ad hoc and uncoordinated. This overview of a five-volume series presents ways to better prepare for this new age of information warfare.

    Jul 19, 2021

  • Report

    Modeling the Impact of Border-Enforcement Measures

    This report offers insights into effects of surveillance technology on border outcomes. The underlying research demonstrated the promise and limits of quasi-experimental statistical methods for evaluating the impact of border-enforcement measures.

    May 7, 2020

  • Report

    Understanding Russia's Intervention in Syria

    Russia's 2015 military intervention in Syria's civil war took many by surprise. The authors of this report assess where and under what conditions Moscow could intervene again by analyzing the factors that drive Russian decisionmaking on intervention.

    Oct 31, 2019

  • Report

    What Deters and Why: Exploring Requirements for Effective Deterrence of Interstate Aggression

    Deterrence of territorial aggression is taking on renewed importance, yet discussion has lagged in military and strategy circles. The authors provide a fresh look, reviewing established concepts and evaluating the strength of deterrent relationships.

    Nov 20, 2018

  • Report

    Countering Russian Social Media Influence

    The Russian government's campaigns of disinformation -- political, social, religious, or otherwise -- have found a comfortable home on social media. This report presents strategies to counter Russian social media influence.

    Nov 1, 2018