National Security Research Division

  • A Matter of Time: New Report by GTMO Task Force

    The Pacific Council’s Guantánamo (GTMO) Bay Task Force has released its second report, A Matter of Time, to renew the call for federal judges to preside over the military trials at Guantánamo. K. Jack Riley, VP and director of RAND's National Security Research Division, is a contributing member of the GTMO Task Force.

Blog Posts and Media Coverage

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Reforming Security Assistance: Why the State Department Can't Lead from Behind

    Sep 5, 2018

    The reforms in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act are driving the Department of Defense to improve security cooperation planning. Similar reforms for the State Department could help leaders there more effectively communicate the value of security assistance and maintain their traditional leadership role.

  • McCain's Heroism

    Aug 27, 2018

    John McCain's heroism will forever punctuate America's memory of the Vietnam War, reminding us both of the horrors of war and the human potential to transcend them. His heroism also stands out because of how it empowered him as a congressman and senator to do things others could not.

  • Iran's Disinformation Campaigns

    Aug 24, 2018

    New reports suggest that the Kremlin may have company in its efforts to shape the United States' domestic information landscape: Iran. As Americans prepare to return to the voting booths this fall, Washington would be well advised to look into Iran's disinformation capabilities and intentions.

  • How the U.S. Military Learned to Learn in World War I: Lessons from the American Expeditionary Forces

    Aug 22, 2018

    The U.S. military generally believes it has little to learn from its allies. But during World War I, the more open the Americans were to their allies’ wisdom, the better they fought and the less they suffered.

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