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  • Al Qaida

    Current Infighting Will Test al Qaeda's Brand

    Apr 23, 2014

    Jenkins

    Replacing one big al Qaeda with many smaller ones does not reduce the total number of terrorists but may reduce their overall strategic capability. For the U.S., the biggest opportunities may lie in countering al Qaeda's future recruitment and capitalizing on new sources of intelligence.

  • Marijuana

    Developing Public Health Regulations for Marijuana: Lessons from Alcohol and Tobacco

    Apr 17, 2014

    Pacula, et al.

    Policymakers can better understand decisions surrounding legal marijuana by drawing on lessons learned from research on public health approaches to regulating alcohol and tobacco.

  • China

    A Liberated Yuan Is Likely to Fall

    Apr 22, 2014

    Wolf

    Some critics claim that the People's Bank of China is contriving to weaken the yuan's value to promote Chinese exports and stimulate the country's lagging growth. But the yuan's true value may be lower than some popular estimates, says Charles Wolf, Jr.

  • Military Recruitment

    Increasing Numbers of U.S. Army Recruits Enlist Some Years After High School

    Apr 23, 2014

    Rostker, et al.

    More than half of all U.S. Army recruits are choosing to join later in life instead of immediately after high school graduation. Older recruits tend to reenlist and receive promotions at greater rates than their younger peers. Among those surveyed, recruits who enlisted later were more concerned about the domestic job market and less concerned about external factors, such as opposition from family and friends.

  • Parenting

    Take Charge with Teens' Auto Safety

    Apr 21, 2014

    Wasserman

    Driving is a risk that virtually all of us take on a daily basis, says Jeffrey Wasserman. But we can do much to mitigate risks and protect our children, our community, and ourselves.

  • Iran

    The Days After a Deal with Iran

    Apr 17, 2014

    Kaye, et al.

    What might the Middle East and U.S. policy look like in the days after a deal with Iran? Experts posit that a final nuclear agreement is reached with Iran and then examine the potential responses of two U.S. partners in the region: Israel and Saudi Arabia.

  • Military Acquisition and Procurement

    Improving DHS Accountability for Acquisitions

    Apr 22, 2014

    Willis , et al.

    As the House of Representatives considers legislation that would reform the Department of Homeland Security's acquisitions process, an important issues come to the forefront—the need for accountability in the acquisitions process.

  • Caregivers

    Four Ways to Help Military Caregivers

    Apr 15, 2014

    Ramchand , et al.

    As momentum continues to build, stakeholders across the board should keep in mind four broad recommendations for how to help military caregivers.

  • Communication Technology

    Mapping Smart Cities in the EU

    Mar 25, 2014

    The RAND Corporation

    The European Parliament asked RAND Europe to provide background information and advice to their members on the role of Smart Cities initiatives and to explain how existing mechanisms perform. The researchers established a working definition of a Smart City and mapped the cities fitting this definition across the Member States. An analysis of the Smart Cities initiatives found that Smart Cities objectives should be more explicit, well defined and clearly aligned to city development, innovation plans and Europe 2020 to be successful.

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