Cover: Making Sense of Transnational Threats

Making Sense of Transnational Threats

Workshop Reports

Published Jan 10, 2005

by Gregory F. Treverton


Download eBook for Free

Full Document

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 0.2 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.

Summary Only

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 0.1 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.


Purchase Print Copy

 Format Price
Add to Cart Paperback66 pages $25.00

Global Futures Partnership, part of the CIA’s Directorate of Intelligence Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis, and the RAND Corporation convened a series of four one-day workshops from February to September 2003 to examine how to better integrate alternative analysis into the analytic process. The basic assumption of the workshops was that “transnational” issues, such as terrorism, present a different set of analytic challenges than more traditional intelligence topics targeted primarily on nation states. This document contains the reports from those four workshops. Participants in the first workshop probed how transnational issues differ analytically from “traditional” state-centric issues. The second session examined the difficulties that transnational issues pose at the individual-analyst and small-working-group level. The third session was focused on the following question: Does the existing shape of intelligence organizations advance or impede analysis of transnational issues? The concluding workshop focused on how to deal and communicate with intelligence’s consumers, from law enforcement officials, to foreign states, to the American public.

The research described in this report was conducted by the RAND National Security Research Division (NSRD).

This report is part of the RAND conference proceeding series. RAND conference proceedings present a collection of papers delivered at a conference or a summary of the conference.

This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit

RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.