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Recent Findings

  • Commentary

    The Implications of U.S.-China Trade Tensions for Japan

    Sep 18, 2018

    Washington and Beijing seem prepared to begin decoupling from one another economically, which puts Tokyo in a difficult position. Japan may have to devise new strategies not only for sustaining its growth, but also for insulating itself from the impact of deteriorating relations between the United States and China.

  • Commentary

    Can U.S. Pressure Lead to A New Iran Nuclear Deal?

    Sep 18, 2018

    It could be a mistake for the United States to assume that more pressure will bring Iran closer to ending or reducing its ballistic missile and nuclear programs. When it comes to measures aimed at Iran's nuclear program, more pressure could worsen nuclear risks and further drive a wedge between the United States and its European allies.

  • Report

    Effects of U.S. Security Sector Assistance in Africa

    Sep 13, 2018

    U.S.-provided security sector assistance in Africa has had a mixed record since the Cold War. But when implemented along with peacekeeping operations, U.S. assistance has had a positive impact on outcomes like the incidence of civil wars, terrorist attacks, and state repression.

  • Research Brief

    How to Reform Security Sector Assistance in Africa

    Sep 13, 2018

    U.S.-provided security sector assistance (SSA) in Africa has largely failed to achieve its goals. Substantial changes are required if SSA is to have the impact the United States intends. These changes need to be made in strategies, programs, and evaluations.

  • Commentary

    Huge Military Drills Show Both the Limits and the Durability of China-Russia Ties

    Sep 11, 2018

    The appearance of military cooperation between China and Russia masks deep strategic distrust and suspicion. But despite these real limitations, strong incentives and a lack of alternatives provide a sturdy foundation for a continued strategic partnership going forward.

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Briefings

  • Overcoming the Threats of Our Strategic Competitors

    Mar 27, 2018

    What weapon systems and posture enhancements should Congress and the Defense Department consider to prepare the United States for potential conflicts? In a RAND Congressional Briefing, David Ochmanek will discuss solutions that could help defend against national security challenges. [Washington, D.C.]

  • United States and China: Trends in Military Competition

    Oct 5, 2015

    Eric Heginbotham discusses relative U.S. and Chinese military capabilities, including the evolution of Chinese military capabilities, steps the United States can take to limit the impact of a growing Chinese military on deterrence, and other U.S. strategic interests.

  • Strategic Rethink: Choices for America in a Turbulent World

    Jul 24, 2015

    How does America envision its role in a turbulent geopolitical environment with growing challenges? Ambassador James Dobbins, Howard Shatz, and David Ochmanek examine the most consequential choices that are likely to face this president and the next.

  • Congressional Options and Their Likely Consequences for a Nuclear Deal with Iran

    Dec 16, 2014

    With nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 now extended beyond the original Nov. 24 deadline, some members of Congress might now attempt to intervene legislatively. RAND analyst Larry Hanauer will discuss eight potential courses of action that Congress could take that might either facilitate, hinder, or block implementation of a deal.

  • Israeli, Saudi, and Iranian Responses in the Days After a Deal With Iran: What Are the U.S. Options?

    Jun 4, 2014

    RAND experts will discuss the likely concerns and reactions of Israel and Saudi Arabia and the internal power dynamics and motivations of the Iranian government. Understanding these factors and U.S. options to address them will be critical for policymakers to implement a final nuclear agreement.

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Alerts & Newsletters

RAND periodically sends alerts and newsletters to update Congress on highlights of recent work about international affairs.

  • In Case You Missed It: Russian Nuclear Forces and Prospects for Arms Control

    Aug 2, 2018

    RAND's Austin Long discusses Russia's newest nuclear delivery systems and the current barriers to reaching an arms control negotiation.

  • The Korean Peninsula: Three Dangerous Scenarios

    Jun 29, 2018

    Should follow-on talks fail to resolve key issues in regard to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the military situation in Korea could remain very dangerous. What security challenges should the United States prepare for on the Korean Peninsula?

  • Additive Manufacturing and Future Security Threats

    May 10, 2018

    Additive manufacturing (AM)—colloquially known as 3D printing—refers to various methods for creating three-dimensional structures out of plastics, metals, polymers, and other materials that can be sprayed through a nozzle or aggregated in a vat. The spread of AM will bring with it both incredible benefits and new risks.

  • The Promises and Perils of Speed

    May 4, 2018

    Across the world, there is a profound sense that life is speeding up, and the faster life gets, the more we have to adjust our norms to keep pace. This ramped-up pace and how we react to it have the potential to fundamentally rework how we interact, think, and create.

  • Artificial Intelligence’s Impact on Nuclear Stability

    May 2, 2018

    Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) are enabling previously infeasible capabilities, potentially destabilizing the delicate balances that have forestalled nuclear war since 1945. Will these developments upset the nuclear strategic balance?

  • How Effective Are Limited Interventions?

    Mar 29, 2018

    The U.S. military has employed low-cost and small-footprint interventions in places like Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. Congress and other policymakers need to determine just how effective these operations are.

  • In Case You Missed It: Assessing North Korea's Chemical and Biological Weapons Capabilities

    Feb 6, 2018

    To counter North Korea's chemical and biological weapons capabilities, RAND's John V. Parachini provides recommendations for the international community. These include reinforcing norms against the production, transfer, and use of such weapons, and calling on North Korea to embrace a “no-first-use” pledge.

  • The Next Proliferation Threat

    Oct 31, 2017

    Hypersonic missiles are a new class of threat, and proliferation could increase the chance of missile-based wars. RAND recommends steps to hinder proliferation.

  • In Case You Missed It: North Korea's Continuous Provocations

    Aug 9, 2017

    Bruce Bennett briefed congressional staff North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, China's role on the Korean Peninsula, and implications for U.S. policy.

  • In Case You Missed It: A Close Look at China's Relationship with North Korea

    Jun 23, 2017

    As North Korea's only formal ally, China is a crucial player in any effort by the U.S. to exert influence on Pyongyang. What is the potential for U.S.-China cooperation on the issue? RAND's Andrew Scobell recently testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

  • Managing U.S. Relations with Russia After Moscow's Meddling in the Election

    Feb 6, 2017

    RAND experts provide insights to policymakers on how to deter foreign cyberattacks, manage security risks with Russia, and counter Russian propaganda.

  • After Brexit, What's Next?

    Jul 28, 2016

    Now that British voters have opted to leave the European Union, how will Brexit affect the transatlantic alliance and future trade agreements with the United States?

  • In the Wake of Weapons Tests, How Stable is Kim's Regime?

    May 25, 2016

    In the months leading up to its first Workers' Party Congress since 1980, North Korea attempted missile tests and a nuclear weapons test in order to demonstrate Kim Jong-un's power. But many of these tests and his other initiatives were failures, raising serious questions about the true stability of his regime.

  • NATO Needs a Comprehensive Strategy for Russia

    Apr 16, 2015

    NATO, working closely with the EU, needs to find a way through the instability caused by Russia's intervention in Ukraine—and return to the vision of a stable, secure, and economically healthy Europe. Experts present possible strategies that could restore peace and stability.

  • Days After a Deal With Iran: Congress' Role in Implementing a Nuclear Agreement

    Feb 9, 2015

    Throughout the course of the nuclear negotiations between the P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, and Germany) and Iran, RAND experts have been engaged in a broad exercise to explore what the "Days After a Deal" might look like for a variety of actors and issues.


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Testimony

2010 and prior

June 18, 2010
Considerations for the Use of Private Security Contractors in Future U.S. Military Deployments

Molly Dunigan

Testimony presented before the Commission on Wartime Contracting.

May 20, 2010
Potential Effects of Chinese Aerospace Capabilities on U.S. Air Force Operations

Jeff Hagen

Testimony presented before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

May 20, 2010
The Development of China's Air Force Capabilities

Roger Cliff

Testimony presented before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

March 18, 2010
Questions of Balance: The Shifting Cross-Strait Balance and Implications for the U.S.

David Shlapak

Testimony presented before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

February 22, 2010
Stabilization from the Bottom Up

Seth G. Jones

Testimony presented before the Commission on Wartime Contracting.

January 28, 2010
Reconstructing Haiti

James Dobbins

Testimony presented before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

December 15, 2009
Iran Sanctions: Options, Opportunities, and Consequences

James Dobbins

Testimony presented before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs.

November 17, 2009
Examining U.S. Counterterrorism Priorities and Strategy Across Africa's Sahel Region

Lianne Kennedy-Boudali

Testimony presented before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Subcommittee on African Affairs.

June 11, 2009
The PLA Navy's "New Historic Missions": Expanding Capabilities for a Re-emergent Maritime Power

Cortez A. Cooper

Testimony presented before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

May 6, 2009
NATO After the Summit: Rebuilding Consensus

Robert E. Hunter

Testimony presented before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Subcommittee on European Affairs.

May 5, 2009
From Strategy to Implementation: The Future of the U.S.-Pakistan Relationship

C. Christine Fair

Testimony presented before the House Foreign Affairs Committee .

April 2, 2009
U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan

Seth G. Jones

Testimony presented before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Middle East and South Asia.

March 26, 2009
Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan

James Dobbins

Testimony presented before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs.

March 11, 2009
Antecedents and Implications of the November 2008 Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) Attack Upon Several Targets in the Indian Mega-City of Mumbai

C. Christine Fair

Testimony presented before the ouse Homeland Security Committee, Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection.

February 26, 2009
Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan

James Dobbins

Testimony presented before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

September 24, 2008
U.S.-Pakistan Relations: Assassination, Instability, and the Future of U.S. Policy

C. Christine Fair

Testimony presented before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs.

Testimony unavailable - oral remarks only.

July 15, 2008
Does America Need A New Grand Strategy?

James Dobbins

Testimony presented before the House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

April 3, 2008
An Iraqi Modus Vivendi: How Would It Come About and What Would It Look Like?

Terrence K. Kelly

Testimony presented before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

April 2, 2008
Getting Back on Track in Afghanistan

Seth G. Jones

Testimony presented before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia.

February 14, 2008
Ungoverned Territories

Angel Rabasa

Testimony presented before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs.

January 29, 2008
International Perspectives on Interagency Reform

Nora Bensahel

Testimony presented before the House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

January 16, 2008
U.S.-Pakistan Relations: Assassination, Instability, and the Future of U.S. Policy

C. Christine Fair

Testimony presented before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia.

December 10, 2007
The State of the Afghan Insurgency

Seth G. Jones

Testimony presented before the Canadian Senate National Security and Defence Committee.

November 7, 2007
Negotiating with Iran

James Dobbins

Testimony presented before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs.

October 25, 2007
Testimony before the French Paper Commission on Defense and National Security

James Dobbins

Testimony presented before the Commission du Livre blanc sur la défense et la sécurité nationale, Paris, France.

September 5, 2007
The Role of the Department of Defense in Provincial Reconstruction Teams

Michelle Parker

Testimony presented before House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

July 17, 2007
U.S. Policy Options in the Iraq Crisis

James Dobbins

Testimony presented before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

June 13, 2007
A Comparative Evaluation of United Nations Peacekeeping

James Dobbins

Testimony presented before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight.

May 18, 2007
Two Years After Andijan: Assessing the Past and Thinking Towards the Future

Olga Oliker

Testimony presented before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe.

March 28, 2007
Iraqi Security Forces: Defining Challenges and Assessing Progress

Olga Oliker

Testimony presented before House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

March 8, 2007
Ending Afghanistan's Civil War

James Dobbins

Testimony presented before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

January 30, 2007
Ending Afghanistan's Civil War

James Dobbins

Testimony presented before the House Armed Services Committee.

July 18, 2006
Islam and the West: Searching for Common Ground: The Terrorist Threat and the Counter-Terrorism Effort

Bruce Hoffman

Testimony presented to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

May 4, 2006
The Use of the Internet by Islamic Extremists

Bruce Hoffman

Testimony presented to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

April 6, 2006
Trends in the United Kingdom's Naval Shipbuilding Industrial Base: Lessons for the United States

John F. Schank

Testimony presented before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Seapower.

March 16, 2006
Advances Underway in China's Defense Industries

Roger Cliff

Testimony presented to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on March 16, 2006.

March 9, 2006
Afghanistan: Is the Aid Getting Through?

Seth Jones

Testimony presented to the House International Relations Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation.

Testimony unavailable - oral remarks only.

February 16, 2006
Combating Al Qaeda and the Militant Islamic Threat

Bruce Hoffman

Testimony presented to the House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities.

February 3, 2006
Challenges to China's Internal Security Strategy

Murray Scot Tanner

Testimony presented to the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

November 9, 2005
Stabilization and Reconstruction: No Longer a Non-Traditional Mission?

James Dobbins

Testimony presented to the House Armed Services Committee, Non-Traditional Missions Panel.

Testimony unavailable - closed hearing

November 3, 2005
Moderate and Radical Islam

Angel Rabasa

Testimony presented to the House Armed Services Committee Defense Review, Panel on Terrorism and Radical Islam Gap.

September 29, 2005
Does Our Counter-Terrorism Strategy Match the Threat?

Bruce Hoffman

Testimony presented to the House International Relations Committee, Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation.

September 15, 2005
China's Military Modernization and the Cross-Strait Balance

Roger Cliff

Testimony presented to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

July 20, 2005
Accelerating Economic Progress in Iraq

Keith Crane

Testimony presented to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

May 19, 2005
China and Globalization

William H. Overholt

Testimony presented to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

April 14, 2005
Chinese Government Responses to Rising Social Unrest

Murray Scot Tanner

Testimony presented to the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

February 2, 2005
Emerging Threats to National Security

Gregory T. Treverton

Testimony presented to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

September 23, 2004
The Hong Kong Legislative Election of September 12, 2004: Assessment and Implications

William H. Overholt

Testimony presented to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.

July 14, 2004
U.S. Policy Toward Southeast Europe: Unfinished Business in the Balkans

James Dobbins

Testimony presented to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

June 23, 2004
Hong Kong at the Crossroads

William H. Overholt

Testimony presented to the House Committee on International Relations, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.

March 31, 2004
The Effect of Terrorist Attacks in Spain on Transatlantic Cooperation in the War on Terror

James Dobbins

Testimony presented to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on European Affairs.

March 10, 2004
A Fresh Start for Haiti? Charting Future U.S. Haitian Relations

James Dobbins

Testimony presented to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Narcotic Affairs.

February 6, 2004
Analyzing China's Defense Industries and the Implications for Chinese Military Modernization

Evan S. Medeiros

Testimony presented to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

December 4, 2003
China's Economic and Political Impact on South Asia

Rollie Lal

Testimony presented to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

September 23, 2003
Next Steps in Iraq and Beyond

James Dobbins

Testimony presented before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

April 3, 2003
The Baltic States and NATO Membership

F. Stephen Larrabee

Testimony presented before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

April 17, 2002
The Future of NATO and Enlargement

Thomas S. Szayna

Testimony presented before the House Committee on International Relations, Subcommittee on Europe.

December 12, 2001
Southeast Asia After 9/11: Regional Trends and U.S. Interests

Angel Rabasa

Testimony presented to the Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, Committee on International Relations, U.S. House of Representatives.

December 7, 2001
Excerpts from the U.S.-China Security Review Commission Hearings

Charles Wolf

Testimony presented to the U.S.-China Security Review Commission Hearings.

June 13, 2001
Turkey, Greece, and the U.S. in a Changing Strategic Environment

Ian O. Lesser

Testimony presented to the Subcommittee on Europe, International Relations Committee, U.S. House of Representatives.

April 3, 2001
Protecting American Interests Abroad: U.S. Citizens, Businesses, and Non-Governmental Organizations

Bruce Hoffman

Testimony resented to the Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans Affairs, and International Relations, Committee on Government Reform, U.S. House of Representatives.

March 9, 2000
The European Security and Defense Identity (ESDI) and American Interests

F. Stephen Larrabee

Testimony presented to the Subcommittee On European Affairs, Committee On Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate.

May 1, 1998
Iran: Limits to Rapprochement

Jerrold D. Green

Testimony presented to the Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs, Committee on Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate.

March 25, 1998
International Cooperation in Research and Development

Caroline S. Wagner

Testimony presented to the Committee on Science, U.S. House Of Representatives.

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