International Humanitarian Assistance


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


    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.

  • Shelly Culbertson and a United Nations Mine Action Service Implementation Partner survey the grounds of the Al-Shifa Hospital complex in Mosul, Iraq.


    Making Victory Count: Stabilizing Mosul

    Aug 22, 2018

    RAND researchers Shelly Culbertson and Linda Robinson visited Iraq nine months after the Battle of Mosul to gauge the progress being made in rebuilding and stabilizing the region. In the aftermath of combat operations against ISIS, what are the critical requirements for achieving lasting stability and the resumption of city life in Mosul?

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    Jeffrey Engstrom

    Political Scientist
    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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    Sohaela Amiri

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND
    Education M.P.D. in public diplomacy, University of Southern California

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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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    Jason H. Campbell

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

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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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    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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    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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    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