Elina Treyger

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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 immigration enforcement, migration, and border security); (2) national security and defense (with a focus on questions of strategy and policy involving Russia and former Soviet states); and (3) justice policy (criminal and civil justice, technology and the law, corporations and public policy). Her earlier work on Russia investigated the legacy of Soviet population management for post-Soviet societies. Prior domestically-focused work addressed questions implicating public safety, immigration enforcement, the migration-crime relationship, policing, and federal-state relations. 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.




  • Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, October 20, 2015, photo by Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Reuters


    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

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    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

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    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