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Iran Deal: Will Israel Play Spoiler? — March 12, 2014

Stuck Between a Rock and the 'Zero Option' — March 11, 2014

Where Is Ukraine Headed? — March 3, 2014

Gates Unhinged — March 1, 2014

Facing Syrian Realities — February 28, 2014

Caring for Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes, Why Gender Matters — February 27, 2014

Dear Military Spouses: I'm Sorry — February 26, 2014

Discord Among Terrorists — February 24, 2014

America's New Missile Gap — February 24, 2014

What Might Terrorists Do Next? — February 24, 2014

What to Make of P-TECH Schools — February 21, 2014

Quick Takes: Do Workplace Wellness Programs Make Business Sense? — February 20, 2014

Health Matters — February 20, 2014

How the West Can Help End the Violence in Ukraine — February 19, 2014

Will America Forget Its Veterans? — February 18, 2014

The Fed and Inequality — February 17, 2014

The Egyptian Regime's Achilles' Heel — February 11, 2014

Making Informed Investment Decisions in an Uncertain World — February 11, 2014

  • Nidhi Kalra,
  • Laura Bonzanigo
  • (The World Bank blog, Let's Talk Development)

Take Two for the Taliban? — February 11, 2014

The End of Freedom Fries — February 7, 2014

Can Rouhani Break Through? — February 6, 2014

Sochi and Singletons — January 31, 2014

  • Mark Sparkman
  • (The RAND Blog)

The Terrorist Threat to the Sochi Olympics — January 31, 2014

EU-Ukraine Alliance Will Benefit Russia, Too — January 28, 2014

The Facts About the Metadata 'Menace' — January 26, 2014

Why New Sanctions on Iran Won't Work — January 23, 2014

A Death in the Family — January 21, 2014

Syria's Bloody Stalemate — January 16, 2014

The Feds' Role After Legalization — January 14, 2014

The Conspiracy to Keep You Fat — January 6, 2014

Al Qaeda Is Down. Al Qaedism Isn't — January 6, 2014

The Battle of Futenma Isn't Over Yet — January 3, 2014

Why Did Terrorists Attack Volgograd? — December 31, 2013

Russia-U.S. Relations, 2013 — December 31, 2013

Five Myths About Obesity — December 27, 2013

A 'Nixon to China' Moment with Iran? — December 24, 2013

Preserving Ukraine's European Choice — December 24, 2013

Should the United States End Assistance to Syria's Rebels? — December 23, 2013

Putin's Pardons — December 23, 2013

'Tis the Season to Be Wary — December 23, 2013

Investing in Firefighting — December 23, 2013

Presidential Candidates Need Multiethnic Consensus — December 18, 2013

Ukraine's Murky Future — December 18, 2013

A Global Focus on Dementia — December 11, 2013

Is There Really a Physician Shortage? — December 5, 2013

Afghanistan After the Drawdown — December 4, 2013

The Time Is Ripe for Evidence — December 2, 2013

Just Ignore Karzai and Press On — November 25, 2013

A First Step in Geneva — November 25, 2013

Here's to Our Health — November 24, 2013

Playing Good Cop, Bad Cop with Iran — November 22, 2013

The Geneva Blame Game — November 13, 2013

A Different Israeli Take on Iran — November 12, 2013

Satellites for Rent — November 7, 2013

The Downside of Drones — October 31, 2013

Who's Bombing Myanmar? — October 30, 2013

Quick Takes: The Math of Medicaid Expansion — October 21, 2013

  • Carter C. Price
  • (The RAND Blog)

War Robots Will Lessen Killing–Not Increase It — October 18, 2013

Syria As We Know It Is Gone — October 15, 2013

Zero-Sum Enrichment — October 14, 2013

The Strategy Behind China's Aid Expansion — October 9, 2013

Opt-In, Opt-Out; Why Not Forced Choice? — October 8, 2013

How to Improve the Way Medical Research Is Applied in Frontline Care — October 7, 2013

  • Bryony Soper,
  • Ellen Nolte
  • (Guardian Healthcare Professionals Network)

Understanding the Affordable Care Act — October 2, 2013

U.S. Sanctions Against Myanmar Need to Go — October 2, 2013

The US Iran Wrestling Match — September 27, 2013

A Smarter Way to Stop Syria WMD Attacks — September 19, 2013

Needed: Sustainable Spying Oversight — September 17, 2013

To Stop Prisons' Revolving Door — September 16, 2013

Modernisation and Austerity — September 16, 2013

  • Christopher Clary,
  • Vipin Narang
  • (The Indian Express)

What to Do About 'Futile' Critical Care — September 16, 2013

A Not-So-Special Relationship? — September 11, 2013

What to Do Now? Iran Torn on Syria — September 11, 2013

Punishing the Wicked in Syria — September 10, 2013

America's Great Yellow School Buses — September 9, 2013

The Desirability of 'Free' C-27s for the U.S. Forest Service — September 6, 2013

Limited U.S. Military Strikes Do Not Unseat Dug-in Dictators — September 6, 2013

Building a More Secure American Embassy — September 4, 2013

Rowhani's Syria Dilemma — August 29, 2013

Using the Power of Communities to Beat Depression — August 27, 2013

Surprise! Now What? — August 27, 2013

  • Dave Baiocchi,
  • D. Steven Fox
  • (the October 2013 edition of Leadership Excellence magazine and on The RAND Blog)

What's Next for the Muslim Brotherhood? — August 26, 2013

Making Colleges More Affordable — August 26, 2013

What Would al Qaeda's PowerPoints Say? — August 23, 2013

A Measured Red-Line Response — August 23, 2013

Reading the Tea Leaves in Iraq — August 19, 2013

Don't Buy the Cyberhype — August 16, 2013

A Last Chance for Iran's Pragmatists — August 12, 2013

Japan's Sun May Be Rising — August 9, 2013

Signs of New Life in Northern Iraq — August 9, 2013

Syria's Growing Jihad — August 1, 2013

Egyptian Liberals, Please Stand Up — July 31, 2013

Leave Hezbollah Alone! — July 24, 2013

Remembering What Mali Needs — July 24, 2013

The Enduring Mirage of the Arab Spring — July 21, 2013

By Land and by Sea — July 19, 2013

The Biggest Loser of Cairo's Coup: Turkey — July 18, 2013

Health Care Spending: What's in Store? — July 16, 2013

  • Arthur L. Kellermann
  • (Health Affairs Blog)

Obama's Burmese Gamble — July 10, 2013

The Egyptian Military's Playbook — July 2, 2013

A Frontier on Low Boil — July 1, 2013

Erdogan's Next Steps — June 28, 2013

Egypt's Self-Fulfilling Prophesy — June 28, 2013

To Help Africa, Do Business There — June 27, 2013

Metrics Mess Calls for an Umpire, Not a Purge — June 26, 2013

  • Gemma Derrick
  • (Research Fortnight)

Rouhani: Rival Constituencies — June 24, 2013

San Onofre Risk Factors — June 19, 2013

Putting the Spring in the Arab Spring — June 16, 2013

Turkey's Perfect Storm — June 14, 2013

4 Factors to Consider in US Options for North Korea — June 12, 2013

  • Lowell H. Schwartz
  • (Christian Science Monitor)

Saving Grady: Reflections on Kate Neuhausen's Narrative Matters Essay — June 10, 2013

  • Arthur L. Kellermann
  • (Health Affairs Blog)

Agreeing to Disagree About Africa — June 5, 2013

How to Negotiate Like a Pashtun — June 3, 2013

Investing in Children — May 31, 2013

The Supreme Leader's Revenge — May 30, 2013

Preventing a Nuclear 'Great Game' — May 29, 2013

Think Again: A Nuclear Iran — May 28, 2013

Eating Better for Less — May 25, 2013

How to Arm Syria's Rebels — May 22, 2013

Austerity and Stimulus—Two Misfires — May 22, 2013

Saved by the Diaspora — May 22, 2013

  • Wasif Syed
  • (Project Syndicate)

The Real Cyber Threat — May 21, 2013

  • Mark Sparkman
  • (CNN)

From Boston to Oklahoma—Lessons for the Regional Trauma Response System — May 21, 2013

  • Mahshid Abir,
  • Stewart D. Wang
  • (The Health Care Blog)

Firefighting Aircraft: Is Bigger Better? — May 20, 2013

  • Carter C. Price
  • (RAND.org)

Will Iran's Real Reformists Please Stand Up? — May 14, 2013

Drones Are Useful, but Not the Solution or the Problem — May 14, 2013

  • Harold Brown
  • (The Hill's Congress Blog)

Crowd-sourcing Our Security — May 13, 2013

The Value of Uncertainty: Assessing Global Societal Trends — May 9, 2013

  • Stijn Hoorens
  • (Bureau of European Policy Advisors Monthly Bulletin)

How to Avert a Sea Catastrophe with China — May 8, 2013

Thinking Through Options on North Korea — May 3, 2013

  • Lowell H. Schwartz
  • (Christian Science Monitor)

A Truly Great Leap Forward — April 30, 2013

The Cost of Dementia: Who Will Pay? — April 30, 2013

Dementia's Growing Cost to Caregivers — April 29, 2013

Governors Missing the Point on Medicaid — April 29, 2013

  • Carter C. Price
  • (CNN)

Put Peer Review Under Review — April 25, 2013

Why Iran Is Trying to Save the Syrian Regime — April 24, 2013

Lessons from Boston — April 24, 2013

  • Arthur L. Kellermann,
  • Kobi Peleg
  • (New England Journal of Medicine)

The Economic Promise of Malaria Reduction — April 24, 2013

Reacting to Boston — April 22, 2013

Tsarnaev Brothers' Impact on U.S.-Russian Counterterrorism Cooperation — April 21, 2013

  • Andrew S. Weiss
  • (The Daily Beast)

Why U.S. Was Surprised, but Prepared for Boston Attack — April 18, 2013

  • Arthur L. Kellermann
  • (CNN)

Consider Taxing Miles Traveled — April 18, 2013

Forget What You Think You Know — April 18, 2013