International Humanitarian Assistance

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Global efforts to assist underdeveloped nations and aid victims of environmental disasters and violent conflict can help ease human suffering, achieve long-term strategic goals in the affected region, and promote stability. RAND research on global health, nation-building, and stabilization and reconstruction operations has explored humanitarian activities undertaken by the Department of Defense and other U.S. government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and international organizations.

  • A man texts on his mobile phone while waiting in line at dawn to register at Ifo refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya, photo by Internews Europe/Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    Essay

    The Right Technology Can Help Refugees Stay Connected

    Mar 11, 2020

    Nearly 71 million people globally are displaced by conflict and persecution. There have been some real advances in technology to help them, but innovations have often been fragmented, without a larger vision. A more strategic approach to technology could better serve their needs.

  • Supporters of the Houthi movement take part in a rally marking the anniversary of launching their motto (Sarkha) in which they call for death to America and death to Israel in Sanaa, Yemen, June 28, 2019, photo by Mohamed al-Sayaghi/Reuters

    Report

    Building an Enduring Peace in Yemen

    Feb 25, 2021

    Peace in Yemen will require a coordinated approach to security and an international body with the influence, mission, and resources to support what will be a decades-long process of reconciliation, reconstruction, and redevelopment. To succeed, this body must be led by Yemenis, giving them a clear voice and stake in shaping their future.

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  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Afghanistan's Faltering Reconstruction

    Published commentary by RAND staff.

    Sep 12, 2002

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Want to Help Africa? Stop Farm Subsidies

    Published commentary by RAND staff.

    Jun 18, 2002

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    The Eisenhower Administration: US Foreign Internal Security Assistance, and the Struggle for the Developing World, 1954-1961

    During the Eisenhower administration, the United States began its first systematic program of support to foreign police and paramilitary forces.

    Jan 1, 2001

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    To Intervene or Not to Intervene

    When U.S. policymakers contemplate intervention abroad, they should do so with abundant humility, if not timidity, because of the profoundly uncertain connections between the blunt instruments they can use and the complex ends they seek.

    Nov 5, 2000

  • Report

    Report

    Strengthening the Partnership: Improving Military Coordination with Relief Agencies and Allies in Humanitarian Operations

    This book explores how the military might improve coordination with relief agencies and with European allies in such operations.

    Jan 1, 2000

  • Research Brief

    Research Brief

    Beyond the Numbers: How Americans View Global Population Issues

    This research brief summarizes the results of a survey of American public attitudes on population issues and foreign assistance.

    Jan 1, 2000

  • Report

    Report

    How Americans View World Population Issues: A Survey of Public Opinion

    Presents results of a national survey of how Americans view global demographic trends and issues in the context of U.S. international economic assistance.

    Jan 1, 2000

  • Report

    Report

    Assessing Requirements for Peacekeeping, Humanitarian Assistance, and Disaster Relief

    To assess requirements for peace operations, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief, then to develop options for conducting such contingencies more effectively without detracting from the nation's capability to conduct major theater warfare.

    Jan 1, 1998

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    Jacqueline Gardner Burns

    Senior Policy Analyst
    Education Master of Public Policy in international policy and development, Georgetown University; Bachelor of Arts in political science, Augsburg College

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    Sohaela Amiri

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND
    Education M.Phil. in public policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.P.D. in public diplomacy, University of Southern California; B.S. in architecture, University of Southern California

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    Jason H. Campbell

    Policy Researcher
    Education M.A. in international affairs, Catholic University; B.A. in political science, Amherst College

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    Jeffrey Engstrom

    Senior Political Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in public policy, George Mason University; M.P.P. in public policy, University of Chicago; B.A. in political science and international studies, University of Nebraska

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    Ruth Harris

    Research Group Director, Defense, Security and Infrastructure, RAND Europe
    Education M.A. in defence and security, Kings College London; M.Sc. in conflict prevention and development management, The Open University; M.Sc. in logistics management, Lincoln University; M.Sc. in veterinary physiotherapy, Essex University

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    Trevor Johnston

    Associate Political Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in political science, University of Michigan; B.A. in political science, UCLA

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    Jefferson P. Marquis

    Adjunct Political Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in U.S. diplomatic and military history, Ohio State University; M.A. in international security affairs, Columbia University; B.A. in history, University of California, Berkeley

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    Luke Muggy

    Associate Operations Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in industrial engineering, Kansas State University; Masters in operations research, Kansas State University; B.S. in mathematics, University of Nebraska

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    Lindsey Polley

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Certificate in counter terrorism theory, University of Leiden; M.P.A. in public administration, California State University, San Bernardino; B.A. in Chicana/Chicano studies, University of California at Davis

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    James A. Schear

    Adjunct Senior Political Scientist
    Education B.A. in international studies & political science, American University; M.A. in international relations, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; Ph.D. in international relations, London School of Economics and Political Science

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    Christopher M. Schnaubelt

    Senior Political Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in political science, University of California Santa Barbara; M.S.S. in strategic studies, U.S. Army War College

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    Gabrielle Tarini

    Policy Analyst
    Education M.P.P. in international and global affairs, Harvard University; B.A. in international studies, Boston College