Dr. Dafna H. Rand

  • Leon E. Panetta Fellow and Deputy Director of Studies

Dr. Dafna Hochman Rand is the Deputy Director of Studies and the inaugural Leon E. Panetta Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. Her research focuses on Middle East security and U.S. foreign policy.

Prior to joining CNAS, Dr. Rand served on the staff of the National Security Council, where she was responsible for global U.S. assistance efforts in support of democratic transitions, good governance and the rule-of-law. From 2010 to 2012, she covered the Middle East and North Africa for Secretary Hillary Clinton's Policy Planning Staff, and in this capacity contributed to the U.S. government's response to the Arab Spring, including diplomatic planning for the intervention in Libya and the U.S. response to the Syrian conflict. She previously served as a professional staff member on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. As Senator Frank R. Lautenberg's foreign affairs and defense legislative assistant in the period after September 11, 2001, she worked on legislation to support U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and to improve homeland security and counter-terrorism policies.

Dr. Rand's publications have focused on domestic political developments and international security in the Middle East and North Africa. Her recent book is Roots of the Arab Spring: Contested Authority and Political Change in the Middle East (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013). She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from Columbia University, where she received the University's highest award for excellence in teaching. Dr. Rand received her A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard University. She lives with her husband Doug and two children in Washington, D.C.

  • September 19, 2014
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  • Congressional Testimony

Dr. Dafna Rand before House Select Intelligence Committee on ISIS

Leon E. Panetta Fellow Dafna Rand testified before the House Select Intelligence Committee on the ISIS terrorist threat to the U.S. and other countries, and the stability of the Middle East.

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  • August 25, 2014
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  • Policy Briefs

Bringing the Fight Back Home: Western Foreign Fighters in Iraq and Syria

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“Bringing the Fight Back Home” argues that the changing dynamics on the ground in Iraq are accelerating the urgency of the threat from the approximately 3,000 foreign fighters with Western passports, including the over 100 Americans.

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  • April 24, 2014
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  • Policy Briefs

Opportunities for American Influence in a Changing Middle East

Leon E. Panetta Fellow Dr. Dafna Hochman Rand examines U.S. influence in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and considers whether U.S. efforts have moved the decision making of MENA leaders in a direction more favorable to U.S. interests.

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  • October 15, 2014
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  • In the News

US airstrikes have 'minimal effects' on Islamic State. Why that's not all bad.

Leon E. Panetta Fellow Dafna Rand calls the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS an "unprecedented victory" in Christian Science Monitor.

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  • September 24, 2014
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  • In the News

U.S. Strikes Haven't Beaten ISIS in Iraq. Can They Do So in Syria?

Deputy Director of Studies and Leon E. Panetta Fellow Dr. Dafna Rand comments in Foreign Policy that the immediate goal of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria should be to stop the Islamic State's momentum. 

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  • September 23, 2014
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  • In the News

FBI tracking some Americans who fought with islamic State, then returned home

In The Washington Times, Deputy Director of Studies and Leon E. Panetta Fellow Dr. Dafna Rand weighs in on the current national security threat posed by Americans who are able to travel to Syria and Iraq to train and fight alongside the Islamic State. 

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  • September 18, 2014
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  • In the News

Gen. James Mattis on Iraq: ‘You just don’t take anything off the table up front’

The Washington Post notes that CNAS Deputy Director of Studies Dr. Dafna Rand testified before the House Select Intelligence Committee with Gen. James Mattis and Amb. Ryan Crocker.

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  • July 11, 2014
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  • In the News

Iraq Parliament Meets Sunday, Divided on ISIL

In U.S. News and World Report, Leon E. Panetta Fellow Dr. Dafna Rand comments on Iraqi leaders' "disagreement on the best strategy to secure the nation."

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  • September 17, 2014
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  • Op-eds

Time to talk specifics with the Arabs and Turks about Syria’s future

Deputy Director of Studies and Leon E. Panetta Fellow Dr. Dafna Rand in The Hill explains why "it is no longer possible to speak in generalities with U.S. allies about Syria's future."

 

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  • July 9, 2014
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  • Op-eds

The Crisis-Prevention Directorate

Dr. Dafna Rand and Michael Horowitz discuss crisis prevention in their latest National Interest op-ed.

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  • September 19, 2014
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  • Congressional Testimony

Dr. Dafna Rand before House Select Intelligence Committee on ISIS

Leon E. Panetta Fellow Dafna Rand testified before the House Select Intelligence Committee on the ISIS terrorist threat to the U.S. and other countries, and the stability of the Middle East.

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  • September 29, 2014
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  • Audio

Interview: Dr. Dafna Rand on Federal News Radio on Islamic State propaganda

Deputy Director of Studies and Leon E. Panetta Fellow Dr. Dafna Rand joined Federal News Radio to examine the Islamic State's propaganda war. 

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  • September 25, 2014
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  • Videos

Interview: Obama calls on international community to fight extremism

Deputy Director of Studies and Leon E. Panetta Fellow Dr. Dafna Rand appeared on MSNBC's "The Reid Report" to discuss the U.S. airstrikes in Syria and Iraq. 

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  • September 19, 2014
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  • Videos

Video: Senate OKs training Syrian rebels to fight ISIS terrorists

Deputy Director of Studies and Leon E. Panetta Fellow Dr. Dafna Rand appears on CBS' Live 5 News in their coverage of the Congressional hearing over approval to arm and train Syrian rebels to help fight ISIS militants.

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  • September 11, 2014
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  • Audio

Audo: Not everyone agrees that ISIS poses a serious threat to the US

Deputy Director of Studies and Leon E. Panetta Fellow Dr. Dafna Rand speaks with Public Radio International on assessing the threat the Islamic State poses to the U.S.

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