Global Security Environment

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Overview

RAND analyses help policymakers understand world political, military, and economic trends; the sources of potential regional conflict; and emerging threats to U.S. national security.

Organization

RAND research on the global security environment is conducted within each of RAND's national security research divisions and collaboratively across the RAND research community.

Key Research Centers:

  • RAND Arroyo Center, the RAND Army Research Division: Strategy Doctrine and Resources Program
  • RAND Project AIR FORCE: Strategy and Doctrine Program
  • RAND National Security Research Division: International Security and Defense Policy Center

Special Activities

  • Stress Among U.S. Teachers, Russia's Global Interests, Investing in Equity: RAND Weekly Recap

    Jun 18, 2021

    This weekly recap focuses on job-related stress among U.S. public school teachers, Russia's global interests, promoting social equity through infrastructure investments, and more.

  • Indonesia's President Joko Widodo speaks to China's President Xi Jinping at the G-20 summit, in Osaka, Japan, June 28, 2019, photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Pool via Reuters

    Indonesia Is Quietly Warming Up to China

    Jun 7, 2021

    Improving China-Indonesia relations could have profound geostrategic significance for the United States. Washington may want to focus on assistance that would benefit Indonesia itself, not just the United States in its competition with China.

  • President Joe Biden participates in a restricted bilateral meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., May 21, 2021, photo by Adam Schultz/Official White House Photo

    The Biden-Moon Meetings: Much Ado About Something?

    Jun 4, 2021

    The May summit meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-in elicited a wide range of opinion about its value. With diplomacy-first progressives in power simultaneously in both nations for the first time in two decades, even subtle gains may be significant.

Featured Findings Archives

  • Afghanistan: Guidelines for a Peace Process 2011

    The overarching Western objective in Afghanistan should be to prevent that country from becoming not just a haven for transnational terrorists, but a terrorist ally as well.

  • Afghan Peace Talks: A Primer 2011

    The objective of a negotiated peace in Afghanistan has been firmly embraced by most of the potential parties to a treaty. However, arriving at an agreement about the sequencing, timing, and prioritization of peace terms is likely to be difficult, given the divergence in the parties' interests and objectives. The U.S. objective in these negotiations should be a stable and peaceful Afghanistan that neither hosts nor collaborates with terrorists.

  • Art Sales as Cultural Intelligence: Analysis of the Auction Market for African Tribal Art 2011

    This paper examines auction sales of African tribal art for the continent as a whole and by individual nations of origin.

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