Project Publications

Non-RAND Publications

  • Cover: Preserving the Post-War Order

    Preserving the Post-War OrderSummer 2017

    Michael J. Mazarr

    There is abundant evidence that the norms and institutions of the post-war international order have helped stabilize world politics and promote U.S. interests, but it appears to be under intense strain from multiple challenges. Senior political scientist Michael Mazarr examines the future prospects of the post-war, American-sponsored order in The Washington Quarterly.

  • Cover: The Once and Future Order

    The Once and Future Order: What Comes After Hegemony?January/February 2017

    Michael J. Mazarr

    Few foreign policy issues have attracted more attention in recent years than the problem of sustaining the U.S.-led liberal international order. Senior political scientist Michael Mazarr examines the profound foreign policy tasks facing an incoming U.S. administration in this essay published by Foreign Affairs.

  • Cover: World Order: What, Exactly, are the Rules?

    World Order: What, Exactly, are the Rules?April 29, 2016

    Stewart Patrick

    The international rules-based order established after World War II seems to be under relentless pressure, threatening its foundations existentially. An essay in the Washington Quarterly by Stewart Patrick, Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow, examines the post-1945 world order including its attributes, threats to it, its vulnerabilities, and the goals that should shape U.S. policy moving forward.


  • The Multilateral Order Makes America Stronger

    Skeptics have suggested that U.S. interests and support for the international community are somehow mutually exclusive. In fact, international institutions, rules, and norms have mostly worked in the U.S. interest, not against it. The Trump administration has an opportunity to build on that record with a strong agenda of reform and support.

    Sep 26, 2017

    Michael J. Mazarr

  • America's Biggest Edge: The International Order

    Evidence shows that many countries consider themselves part of an emerging global community. This represents America's most potent competitive advantage. U.S. strategy is stronger when it works to reflect and build such a community.

    Jun 14, 2017

    Michael J. Mazarr

  • China's Opportunity—and Ours

    A pivotal moment could be nearing for China's global role and its relationship with the United States. And America may be able to seize a historic opportunity to test Beijing's willingness to act as the co-sponsor of a stable world order.

    Feb 19, 2017

    Michael J. Mazarr

  • The World Has Passed the Old Grand Strategies By

    The international order is in the midst of an epochal shift, and a new administration will have to rethink basic organizing concepts for America's role in the world. The truth about grand strategy today is that the United States badly needs new options.

    Oct 5, 2016

    Michael J. Mazarr

  • Struggle in the Gray Zone and World Order

    Recent experience suggests that the targets of gray zone campaigns recognize them for what they are — aggressive efforts to overturn the status quo. Gray zone aggression often prompts exactly the sort of reactions it's meant to avoid.

    Dec 22, 2015

    Michael J. Mazarr

  • Charting Your Course: A Guide to Analyzing State Policy Studies

    This workshop will provide an overview of the myriad of analytic methods available for state policy evaluation studies, including details on key decision points for an analysis that help identify which methods are most appropriate for different analytic contexts. [Virtual]

    Jan 23, 2024

  • 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).

    Dec 31, 2023