Calendar of Events

    Past Events

  • Dobbins to Debate Whether Israel Can Live with a Nuclear Iran

    Jan 16, 2013

    Amb. James Dobbins, director of the RAND International Security and Defense Policy Center, argues that "Israel Can Live with a Nuclear Iran" Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in a live debate at 6:45 p.m. EST at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City.

  • Building State Capability for Implementation: An IDSS Seminar Featuring Michael Woolcock

    Jan 10, 2013

    How can developing countries escape "capability traps," in which they pretend to reform by changing how organizations look rather than what they do? Michael Woolcock, professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, will discuss his research on January 10 as part of the 2012-13 International Development Speaker Series.

  • International Development and Model-based Analysis and Policy Design

    Jan 8, 2013

    Generating foresight and designing policies with regard to international development issues greatly benefits from explicitly taking deep uncertainty, temporal dynamics, and adaptivity into account. Speaker Dr. Erik Pruyt is a methodological advisor to the Dutch government regarding National Safety and Security.

  • Skin in the Game: How Consumer-Directed Health Plans Can Affect the Cost and Use of Health Care

    Dec 10, 2012

    If half of Americans with employer-sponsored insurance enrolled in consumer-directed plans, annual health care costs would fall by an estimated $57 billion. Is this the answer to growing health care costs?

  • Politics Aside 2012

    Nov 15, 2012

    RAND's third Politics Aside event engaged policymakers, business leaders, researchers, television and film producers, and philanthropists in conversation on topics ranging from fiscal austerity and financial regulation to health care and media.

  • The Macroeconomics of Microfinance: An IDSS Seminar Featuring Francisco Buera

    Nov 13, 2012

    Although there are different winners and losers when microfinance programs target small businesses, the vast majority of the population will be positively affected through the increase in equilibrium wages. Paco Buera, associate professor of economics at UCLA, will discuss his research on November 13 as part of the 2012-13 International Development Speaker Series.

  • Deterrence and North Korea

    Oct 30, 2012

    Although the United States has, in recent years, successfully deterred a North Korean invasion of South Korea, it has not deterred many North Korean provocations. Senior defense analyst Bruce Bennett discusses why North Korea is such a uniquely difficult challenge and suggests new and creative approaches to deterrence.

  • What Are the Prospects for Democratization in the Arab World?

    Oct 10, 2012

    Revolutionary protests in 2011 upended long-standing authoritarian regimes in the Arab world. What lies ahead for Egypt, Tunisia, and other countries undergoing political change? How can the challenges of moving from regime change to democratic governance be overcome?

  • A Banquet of Consequences: Interactive Simulations to Support Climate Negotiations

    Sep 27, 2012

    The world so slow to address the risks posed by climate change because of a failure of systems thinking throughout society. John Sterman, director of the system dynamics group at the MIT Sloan School of Management, will discuss his research on September 27 as part of the 2012-13 International Development Speaker Series.

  • A Conversation with Joel Szabat, Interim Executive Director of the Maritime Administration

    Sep 11, 2012

    Joel Szabat will discuss the status of a new U.S. Department of Transportation study that assesses the true impact of the Panama Canal expansion on the United States, and what the Maritime Administration is doing to ensure U.S. competitiveness in global trade.

  • Lessons from the Science of Learning for 21st-Century Schools

    Sep 5, 2012

    To succeed in the 21st century, students need to be able to communicate, collaborate, and problem-solve with people beyond national boundaries. Director of RAND Education Darleen Opfer describes how teachers can teach 21st century skills, using nine lessons from the science of learning.

  • Cash Transfer Evolution and Why It Matters for the Global Oil and Gas Boom

    Aug 22, 2012

    Many poor and fragile states are becoming oil and gas producers and face policy challenges managing and spending their revenue. Todd Moss, vice president at the Center for Global Development, visited PRGS on August 22 for the inaugural talk of the 2012-13 International Development Speaker Series.

  • RAND Public Policy Analysis Workshop for Congressional Staffers

    Aug 6, 2012

    This four-day analysis training workshop will provide legislative staffers with an introduction to policy analysis tools and techniques as well as an understanding of how they can be used to improve the quality of public policy decisionmaking.

  • A Conversation with Ambassador William R. Brownfield

    Jul 26, 2012

    International criminal groups that once specialized in drug trafficking have many more tentacles that now threaten U.S. national security in other ways. Ambassador Brownfield discussed the evolving threat, what it means for you, and what the State Department is doing to curtail the damage.

  • A RAND Policy Forum to Focus on Integrative Health Care and Medicine

    Jul 18, 2012

    Ian Coulter, who holds the Samueli Institute Chair in Policy for Integrative Medicine at RAND, was joined by fellow experts in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to discuss patient use of CAM and how hospitals, universities, and the U.S. military are integrating CAM into traditional medical practices throughout the United States.

  • Marijuana Legalization: What We Know and What We Don't

    Jul 17, 2012

    This November, voters in multiple states will be asked to consider propositions concerning decriminalization and legalization of marijuana. Join RAND experts for a panel discussion on marijuana laws and policies at both the state and federal level.

  • RAND Summer Institute Conferences Address Critical Issues for Our Aging Population

    Jul 2, 2012

    RAND Summer Institute is an annual event sponsored by the RAND Labor and Population Center for the Study of Aging; RSI's two conferences on aging are sponsored by the National Institute on Aging and the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research and convene in Santa Monica each July.

  • Prisoner Reentry and Public Health: Is Your State Ready?

    Jun 21, 2012

    Lois Davis discusses prisoner reentry—how health affects reentry into a community; the critical roles that health care providers, other social services, and family members play in successful reentry; and recommendations for improving access to care for this population in the current fiscal environment.

  • Defusing Iran's Nuclear Threat

    Jun 19, 2012

    The prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran has stoked tensions around the world. Alireza Nader, a senior international policy analyst and Iran expert at RAND, discussed Iran's internal political dynamics and U.S. economic, political, and military options in preventing a nuclear-armed Iran.

  • How to Defuse Iran's Nuclear Threat: Bolster Diplomacy, Israeli Security, and the Iranian Citizenry

    Jun 7, 2012

    RAND experts James Dobbins, Lynn Davis, and Alireza Nader had a panel discussion on U.S. policy options and the longer-term prospects for Iranian relations with both Israel and the United States.

  • RAND Behavioral Finance Forum: The Promise and Challenge of Evidence-Based Policy and Practice

    Jun 1, 2012

    The BeFi Public Policy Roundtable brings together the brightest minds in behavioral finance to discuss research that combines behavioral science and cognitive psychology with economics and finance.

  • Maintaining Accountability and Nurturing Innovation through a Reauthorized ESEA

    May 22, 2012

    In this panel briefing RAND researchers discuss the possible reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)—how it will require several critical decisions about standards, assessments, reporting requirements, and school improvement initiatives.

  • Haskins Lecture on Science Policy: NSF Director Subra Suresh

    May 17, 2012

    The 2012 Haskins Lecture was given by National Science Foundation Director Subra Suresh. The lectureship was established through the generosity of Caryl P. and Edna Haskins, founders of Haskins Laboratories, who were dedicated to improving the nation's understanding of the relationship between scientific progress and sound public policy.

  • Symposium Explores Federal Sentencing Guidelines

    May 16, 2012

    News headlines regularly report on corporate crime and prosecution, irresponsible behavior, and catastrophic risk-taking. On May 16, 2012, CCEG hosted an invitation-only symposium event to facilitate discussion on questions about how to build stronger ethical cultures within corporations and what the optimal role of government policy is in this regard.

  • Information Sharing for Cyber-Security: Evidence from Europe

    May 7, 2012

    The U.S. House and Senate have numerous cyber-security proposals on the agenda to consider in the coming months. In this briefing, Neil Robinson presents evidence from empirical studies conducted in Europe regarding cyber-security and information exchange.