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

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping and his entourage meet with Ayatollah Khamenei in Iran, January 23, 2016, <a href="https://english.khamenei.ir/photo/3211/China-s-President-met-with-Ayatollah-Khamenei">photo</a> by <a href="https://english.khamenei.ir">Khamenei.ir</a> / <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/">CC BY 4.0</a>

    What to Watch to Understand the Sino-Iranian Relationship

    Aug 13, 2020

    Beijing and Tehran are in the process of finalizing an ambitious partnership covering a range of security and economic issues. The United States should not overreact to shifting geopolitical dynamics in the Middle East, and should instead keep an eye out to assess the evolution of the relationship and take stock of what is delivered instead of what is merely promised.

  • Members of Japan's Self-Defence Forces' airborne unit attend the annual SDF ceremony at Asaka Base in Asaka, north of Tokyo, Japan, October 14, 2018, photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

    Missing in Japan's Deterrence Debate

    Aug 13, 2020

    Following its decision to cancel the Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense system, Japan is currently debating future deterrence capabilities. The debate over how Japan can defend itself is an important one, offering a major opportunity to shape the country's future defense posture.

  • President Donald J. Trump visits Vietnam, November 11, 2017, photo by Shealah Craighead/White House

    What Does Vietnam Think About America's Indo-Pacific Strategy?

    Aug 5, 2020

    The South China Sea is where the rubber meets the road for U.S.-Vietnam security ties, and in this regard, Hanoi has gone as far as it is comfortable. Washington should expect Vietnam to continue seeking balance between China, which has economic and military superiority over it, and the United States, which can help offset Chinese power.

  • 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.