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Olga Oliker

Acting Research Department Director, Defense and Political Sciences Department; Associate Director, International Security & Defense Policy Center; Senior International Policy Analyst, Washington Office


M.P.P., John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; B.A. in international studies, Emory University

Olga Oliker is a senior international policy analyst and acting research department director of the Defense and Political Sciences Department at the RAND Corporation. Oliker's areas of expertise include security sector reform in the conflict, post-conflict, and development contexts and U.S. and international efforts to advance reform in countries in transition. Regionally, her work has centered on the countries of the former Soviet Union as well as on Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries throughout the world. Her current research focuses primarily on international relations and national security policy, particularly as regards countries in conflict and transition. Before coming to RAND in 1999, Oliker worked as an independent consultant and held positions in the U.S. Departments of Defense and Energy. Oliker received her B.A. in international studies from Emory University and her M.P.P. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Putin's Pardons

There's an old Soviet-era joke about Vladimir Lenin, a play on all the stories of the kind, grandfatherly figure schoolchildren in the USSR heard endlessly. It goes like this: Lenin is shaving, when a small child approaches him. "Grandfather Lenin," the child begins eagerly. "Buzz...

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4 Years On, Hard Feelings Linger Between Russia and Georgia

Four years ago this week, Russia and Georgia briefly went to war. The conflict has had lasting effects for Tbilisi, Moscow, and beyond. For Georgia, the conflict forced substantial rethinking of security strategy, foreign policy, and necessarily its approach to Abkhazia and South Ossetia. It...

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