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    • Russian President Vladimir Putin at his annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow, Russia, December 19, 2019, photo by Evgenia Novozhenina/Reuters

      What Provokes Putin's Russia?

      Feb 27, 2020

      Deterring Russia without provoking it requires an understanding of what Russia considers to be redlines. A deterrent that is too heavy-handed might prompt the precise response that it sought to avoid.

    • In Case You Missed It: Escalation with Iran

      Feb 13, 2020

      In response to the killing of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Iran is likely to continue to take action against the United States. RAND's Ariane Tabatabai describes some of the tools Iran could use to challenge the United States.

    • An activist outside the Dutch embassy in Kiev, Ukraine, holds a banner that says not to listen to Russian propaganda, February 5, 2016, photo by Gleb Garanich/Reuters

      Competing against Russia in the Gray Zone

      Jan 30, 2020

      RAND researchers ran a series of war games to explore Russian gray zone aggression--ranging from disinformation to electoral interference to little green men--in Europe.

    • A rifleman with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment

      How Can Imminent Danger Pay and Hostile Fire Pay Be Improved?

      Dec 19, 2019

      RAND examined HFP and IDP and assessed whether a different approach might be more effective. While the current process is generally effective, it could be improved by allowing IDP rates to vary with the severity of threat in a location.

    • An Army couple reacts to local residents' posts regarding housing issues on a community Facebook group at their army base home in Fort Hood, Texas, May 16, 2019, photo by Amanda Voisard/Reuters

      What Are the Biggest Challenges Facing Army Families?

      Nov 21, 2019

      RAND surveyed more than 8,500 Army spouses on common military service challenges and their solutions. The analysis found that spouses most frequently rate work-life balance, military practices and culture, and their own well-being as their top problem areas.

    • Illustration of a network, security information, and AI technology, image by  issaronow/Adobe Stock

      How Do Russia and China Engage in Social Manipulation?

      Oct 29, 2019

      U.S. competitors such as Russia and China engage in hostile social manipulation—the use of informational means to manipulate political, social, and economic conditions.

    • In Case You Missed It: Extending Russia

      Oct 8, 2019

      Former Ambassador James Dobbins, Raphael Cohen, and Howard Shatz discuss Russia's economic, political, and military vulnerabilities and anxieties. What are some ways the United States can impose costs on Russia?

    • The U.S. Navy's guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence transits international waters of the South China Sea with ships from India, Japan, and the Philippines, May 5, 2019, photo by Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

      What Are the Implications of Deepening Security Cooperation in Asia?

      Sep 27, 2019

      Since the turn of the century, key U.S. allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific have been establishing or deepening their defense ties. These new linkages and security commitments among regional actors have substantial implications for the United States, China, and the Indo-Pacific region.

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