Olga Oliker's Publications

Kimberly Marten and Olga Oliker, “Brothers in Arms? Why Trump Should Push Putin to Revive Arms Control,” Foreign Affairs, July 13, 2018

Olga Oliker (Ed.), Religion and Violence in Russia: Context, Manifestations, Policy, (Washington, DC: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2018)

Olga Oliker and Denis Sokolov, “Uses of “Radicalism”: Elite Relationships, Migration, Religion and Violence in the Volga Region and Central Russia,” in Olga Oliker (Ed.), Religion and Violence in Russia: Context, Manifestations, Policy, (Washington, DC: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2018)

Olga Oliker, “U.S.-Russia Strategic Dialogue on Crisis Stability (2017-2018),” CSIS Report, May 2018

Olga Oliker and Andrey Baklitskiy, “The Nuclear Posture Review and Russian ‘De-Escalation’: A Dangerous Solution to a Nonexistent Problem,” War on the Rocks, February 20, 2018.

Olga Oliker, “Myths, Facts, and Mysteries About Foreign Fighters Out of Russia,” CSIS Commentary, December 21, 2017

Tom Sanderson and Olga Oliker, “Russian-Speaking Foreign Fighters in Iraq and Syria: Assessing the Threat from (and to) Russia and Central Asia ,” CSIS Transnational Threats Situation Report Series, December 2017.

Olga Oliker, “Be Careful What You Wish For: Legacies, Realignments, and Russia’s Evolving Role in South Asia,” War on the Rocks, December 27, 2017.

Olga Oliker, “Policy Priorities in U.S.-Russia Relations,” CSIS/RIAC Meeting Report, November 17, 2017.

Kimberly Marten and Olga Oliker, “Ukraine’s Volunteer Militias May Have Saved the Country, But Now They Threaten It,” War on the Rocks, September 14, 2017

Andrey Kortunov and Olga Oliker (Eds.), A Roadmap for U.S.-Russia Relations, (Washington, DC: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2017)

Olga Oliker, “Punishing Russia with sanctions will not stop the Kremlin,” The Hill, July 29, 2017

Olga Oliker, “U.S.-Russian Arms Control: The Stakes for Moscow,” Arms Control Today, May 2017

Olga Oliker, "Russian Defense Spending: Tricky Math," Russia Matters, April 26, 2017

Olga Oliker, Russian Influence and Unconventional Warfare Operations in the “Grey Zone”: Lessons from Ukraine, testimony presented before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities on March 29, 2017

Olga Oliker, “Russian Brinksmanship: Don’t Confuse Unpredictability with Strength,World Policy Journal, Vol. XXXIII, NO. 4, Winter 2016/2017

Olga Oliker, Lynn E. Davis, Keith Crane, Andrew Radin, Celeste Gventer, Susanne Sondergaard, James T. Quinlivan, Stephan B. Seabrook, Jacopo Bellasio, Bryan Frederick, Andriy Bega, and Jakub Hlavka, Security Sector Reform in Ukraine (Santa Monica: RAND, 2016)

Olga Oliker, “Refusing a New Cold War,” The National Interest, July 18, 2016

Olga Oliker, “No, Russia Isn't Trying to Make Nuclear War Easier,” The National Interest, May 23, 2016

Olga Oliker, “It's time to elevate the debate over Syrian refugees,” The Daily Dot, April 8, 2016

Olga Oliker, Russia's Nuclear Doctrine: What We Know, What We Don't, and What That Means, (Washington, DC: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2016)

Olga Oliker, “Unpacking Russia’s New National Security Strategy,” CSIS Commentary, January 7, 2016

Shelly Culbertson, Olga Oliker, Ben Baruch, and Ilana Blum, Rethinking Coordination of Services to Refugees in Urban Areas: Managing the Crisis in Jordan and Lebanon (Santa Monica: RAND, 2016)

Olga Oliker, "Ukraine's Success - or Failure - is Up to Ukraine," CSIS Commentary, December 8, 2015

Jeffrey Mankoff and Olga Oliker, "Turkey's Downing of a Russian Jet," CSIS Critical Questions, November 25, 2015

Olga Oliker, “Inside the Kremlin,” in Craig Cohen and Melissa Dalton, eds., 2016 Global Forecast, (Washington, DC: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2015)

Olga Oliker, "Russia in Syria," CSIS Critical Questions, October 29, 2015

Olga Oliker, Christopher S. Chivvis, Keith Crane, Olesya Tkacheva, Scott Boston, “Russian Foreign Policy in Historical and Current Context, a Reassessment,” RAND Perspective, September 2015

Douglas Yeung and Olga Oliker, "Loose Clicks Sink Ships: When Social Media Meets Military Intelligence," U.S. News and World Report, August 14, 2015

Victoria Greenfield, Keith Crane, Craig Bond, Nathan Chandler, Jill E. Luoto, and Olga Oliker, Reducing the Cultivation of Opium Poppies in Southern Afghanistan, (Santa Monica: RAND, 2015)

Olga Oliker, Michael J. McNerney, and Lynn E. Davis, “NATO Needs a Comprehensive Strategy for Russia,” RAND Perspective, March 2015. 

Olga Oliker, "Russia's new military doctrine: Same as the old doctrine, mostly," The Washington Post, January 15, 2015

Hans Binnendijk, Christopher S. Chivvis, and Olga Oliker, "Rapprochement With Russia?The New York Times, December 30, 2014

Olga Oliker, "The Damage Already Done," U.S. News and World Report, September 8, 2014

Olga Oliker and Keith Crane, "Make Russia an offer on Ukraine it can't refuse," CNN, August 20, 2014

Christopher S. Chivvis, Olga Oliker, Andrew Liepman, Ben Connable, George Willcoxon, and William Young, “Initial Thoughts on the Impact of the Iraq War on U.S. National Security Structures,” RAND Perspective, June 2014. 

Olga Oliker, "No Easy Answers for Ukraine," RAND Blog, March 26, 2014

Olga Oliker, "Does Putin want a new Cold War?CNN, March 5, 2014

Olga Oliker, "Russia-U.S. Relations, 2013," Voice of America, January 7, 2014

Olga Oliker, "Putin's Pardons," RAND Blog, December 23, 2013

Olga Oliker, "Ukraine's Murky Future," U.S. News and World Report, December 19, 2013

Olga Oliker, "The Road on from Damascus: What the Syria Deal Means for the U.S. and Russia," RAND Blog, September 23, 2013

Olga Oliker, "America's Russia policy makes sense," CNN, July 22, 2013

Olga Oliker, "Search for clues on the Brothers Tsarnaev," Chicago Tribune, May 5, 2013

Olga Oliker, "Russian Nuclear Exercises Display Putin's Misguided Priorities," RAND Blog, October 31, 2012

Olga Oliker, "What the Soviets Can Teach Us About Leaving Afghanistan," U.S. News and World Report, October 18, 2012

Olga Oliker, "What Pussy Riot teaches us," CNN, August 18, 2012

Olga Oliker, "Four Years on, Hard Feelings Linger Between Russia and Georgia," RAND Blog, August 9, 2012

Olga Oliker, Security Force Development in Afghanistan: Learning from Iraq, testimony presented before the House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on July 18, 2012

Olga Oliker, "Building an Afghanistan Security Force: What the US Experience in Iraq (and the Soviet Experience in Afghanistan) Can Teach Us," RAND Blog, July 18, 2012

Olga Oliker, Building Afghanistan’s Security Forces in Wartime: The Soviet Experience, (Santa Monica: RAND, 2011)

James T. Quinlivan and Olga Oliker, Nuclear Deterrence in Europe: Russian Approaches to a New Environment and Implications for the United States, (Santa Monica: RAND, 2011)

Terrence K. Kelly, Nora Bensahel, and Olga Oliker, Security Force Assistance in Afghanistan: Identifying Lessons for Future Efforts, (Santa Monica: RAND, 2011)

Olga Oliker, Audra Grant, and Dalia Dassa Kaye, “The Impact of the U.S. Military Drawdown in Iraq on Displaced and Other Vulnerable Populations: Implications and Recommendations,” (Santa Monica: RAND, 2010)

Olga Oliker, "This May Be a Key Year, but Alas Not a Decisive One," Europe's World, August 1, 2010

Olga Oliker, Keith Crane, Lowell Schwartz, and Catherine Yusupov, Russian Foreign Policy: Sources and Implications, (Santa Monica: RAND, 2009)

Nora Bensahel, Olga Oliker, and Heather Peterson, Improving Capacity for Stabilization and Reconstruction Operations, (Santa Monica: RAND, 2009)

Keith Crane, Olga Oliker, Nora Bensahel, Derek Eaton, Jamie Gayton, Brooke Stearns Lawson, John Nasir, Michelle Parker, Sandra Reyna, Jerry Sollinger, and Kayla Williams, Guidebook for Supporting Economic Development in Stability Operations, (Santa Monica: RAND, 2009)

Olga Oliker, "Kosovo And South Ossetia More Different Than Similar," Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, August 25, 2008

Olga Oliker, “Reform Versus Security: U.S. Policy in Central Asia,” Большая Игра (Great Game), January-February, 2008

Cheryl Benard, Seth Jones, Olga Oliker, Cathryn Thurston, Brooke Stearns, and Kristen Cordell, Women and Nation Building, (Santa Monica: RAND, 2008)

Nora Bensahel, Olga Oliker, Keith Crane, Richard R. Brennan, Jr., Heather S. Gregg, Thomas Sullivan, Andrew Rathmell, After Saddam: Prewar Planning and the Occupation of Iraq, (Santa Monica: RAND, 2008)

David E. Johnson, Adam R. Grissom, Olga Oliker, In the Middle of the Fight: An Assessment of Medium-Armored Forces in Past Military Operations (Santa Monica: RAND, 2008)

Olga Oliker, Soft Power, Hard Power, and Counterinsurgency: The Early Soviet Experience in Central Asia and Its Implications (Santa Monica: RAND, 2008)

Olga Oliker, "Make Room for Refugees," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 16, 2007

Cheryl Benard, Kristen Cordell, and Olga Oliker, “Women and Human Security: The Case of Post-Conflict Afghanistan,” WIIS Words, Summer 2007

Olga Oliker, Keith Crane, Audra K. Grant, Terrence K. Kelly, Andrew Rathmell, and David Brannan, U.S. Policy Options for Iraq: A Reassessment, (Santa Monica: RAND, 2007)

Olga Oliker, Two Years After Andijan: Assessing the Past and Thinking Towards the Future, testimony presented before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Congress), May 18, 2007

Olga Oliker, “Kazakhstan’s Security Interests and Their Implications for the U.S.-Kazakh Relationship,” China and Eurasia Forum Quarterly, May 2007

David Gompert, Olga Oliker, Brooke Stearns, Keith Crane, and K. Jack Riley, Making Liberia Safe: Transformation of the National Security Sector, (Santa Monica: RAND, 2007)

Olga Oliker, Iraqi Security Forces: Defining Challenges and Assessing Problems, testimony presented before the House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, March 28, 2007

Olga Oliker, Keith Crane, Audra K. Grant, Terrence K. Kelly, Andrew Rathmell, David Brannan, "The United States Should Reassess Priorities and Consider Next Steps in Iraq" (Santa Monica: RAND, 2007)

Seth Jones, Olga Oliker, Peter Chalk, C. Christine Fair, Rollie Lal, and James Dobbins, Securing Tyrants or Fostering Reform? U.S. Internal Security Assistance to Repressive and Transitioning Regimes, (Santa Monica: RAND, 2006)

Olga Oliker, “No Law and No Order,” Parliamentary Brief, December 2006

Olga Oliker and David A. Shlapak, U.S. Interests in Central Asia: Policy Priorities and Military Roles, (Santa Monica: RAND, 2005)

Andrew Rathmell, Olga Oliker, Terrence Kelly, David Branna, and Keith Crane, "Rebuilding Security Forces and Institutions in Iraq" (Santa Monica: RAND, 2005)

Andrew Rathmell, Olga Oliker, Terrence Kelly, David Brannan, and Keith Crane, Developing Iraq’s Security Sector: The Coalition Provisional Authority’s Experience, (Santa Monica: RAND, 2005)

Susanna Bearne, Olga Oliker, Kevin A. O'Brien, and Andrew Rathmell, "National Security Decision-Making Structures and Security Sector Reform" (Santa Monica: RAND, 2005)

Olga Oliker and David A. Shlapak, "U.S. Military Has Important but Limited Long-Term Role in Central Asia," (Santa Monica: RAND, 2005)

Keith Crane, D.J. Peterson, and Olga Oliker, “Russian Investment in the Commonwealth of Independent States,” Eurasian Geography and Economics, Vol. 46, No. 4, 2005, pp. 405-444

Olga Oliker, "Why America Shouldn't Sever Uzbekistan Ties," Baltimore Sun, September 6, 2005

Olga Oliker, et. al., Aid During Conflict: Interaction Between Military and Civilian Assistance Providers in Afghanistan, September 2001-June 2002, (Santa Monica: RAND, 2004)

Olga Oliker, “With Friends Like These: Defining U.S. Interests in Central Asia,” in Daniel L. Burghart and Theresa Sabonis-Helf, eds., In the Tracks of Tamerlane, Central Asia’s Path to the 21st Century, (Washington, DC: National Defense University, 2004)

David C. Gompert, Olga Oliker, and Anga Timilsina, “Clean, Lean and Able: A Strategy for Defense Development,” (Santa Monica: RAND, 2004)

David C. Gompert, Olga Oliker, and Anga Timilsina, "Defense Development: A New Approach to Reforming Defense Sectors in the Developming World," Santa Monica: RAND, 2004)

Olga Oliker, "Iraqi Security Forces: Numbers and Needs," RAND Blog, October 20, 2004

Julie DaVanzo, Olga Oliker, and Clifford Grammich, “Too Few Good Men: The Security Implications of Russian Demographics,” Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Summer/Fall  2003

Contributor to: “Headlines Over the Horizon: analysts at the RAND Corporation lay out ten challenges to international security that aren’t in the news—but should be,” Atlantic Monthly, July/August 2003

Olga Oliker and Thomas S. Szayna, eds., Faultlines of Conflict in Central Asia and the South Caucasus: Implications for the U.S. Army, (Santa Monica: RAND, 2003)

Olga Oliker and Tanya Charlick-Paley, Assessing Russia’s Decline: Trends and Implications for the United States and the U.S. Air Force, (Santa Monica: RAND, 2002)

David A. Shlapak, John Stillion, Olga Oliker, and Tanya Charlick-Paley, A Global Access Strategy for the U.S. Air Force (Santa Monica: RAND, 2002)

Olga Oliker, Russia’s Chechen Wars 1994-2000: Lessons from Urban Combat, (Santa Monica: RAND, 2001)

Thomas S. Szayna, Frances M. Lussier, Krista Magras, Olga Oliker, Michele Zanini, and Robert Howe, Improving Army Planning for Future Multinational Coalition Operations (Santa Monica: RAND, 2001)

David A. Shlapak, John Stillion, Olga Oliker, Tanya Charlick-Paley, Robert S. Tripp, and Clifford Grammich, “Global Access: Strategy 2000,” Air Force Journal of Logistics, V. XXIV, No. 2, Summer 2000, p. 22-27, 42-43

Olga Oliker, “Ukraine and the Caspian: An Opportunity for the United States,” (Santa Monica: RAND, 2000)