National Security Research Division

The RAND National Security Research Division (NSRD) conducts research and analysis for the U.S. government, U.S. allies, and private foundations. The division operates the National Defense Research Institute (NDRI), a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC).


  • Presidents Hassan Rouhani of Iran and Vladimir Putin of Russia arrive for a news conference in Ankara, Turkey, September 16, 2019, photo by Umit Bektas/Reuters

    Can America Weaken the Russia-Iran Axis?

    Jul 31, 2020

    America's slow-motion retreat in Syria could embolden Iran and Russia and perhaps lead them to underestimate U.S. resolve to protect its interests in the Middle East. Clearer U.S. priorities and more deliberate engagement could reduce risk and help avoid miscalculation.

  • China in 2050, Using Mobile Tools to Track COVID-19, Telemedicine: RAND Weekly Recap

    Jul 31, 2020

    This weekly recap focuses on the future of U.S.-China competition, privacy concerns surrounding mobile tools used to track COVID-19, how telemedicine can help patients access specialized care, and more.

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Latest Publications

  • North Korean and South Korean Flags

    Rising Tensions Between the Two Koreas

    Jul 27, 2020

    RAND policy analyst Soo Kim describes how the United States, South Korea, and Japan might respond to North Korea's recent provocations.

  • A satellite image of haze of eastern China

    Geolocating Growth of Suspect "Boarding" Facilities in Xinjiang China

    Jul 15, 2020

    Through the analysis of satellite imagery correlated with other sources, researchers have identified 55 facilities suspected of housing young children, the construction of which coincided with a publicly stated policy to build "boarding schools" in Xinjiang. This methodology report can help other researchers identify similar facilities.

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