Calendar of Events

    Upcoming Events

  • Education Policy: Challenges in Implementing New Standards and Assessments

    Oct 8, 2015

    A panel of educators and policy experts discusses Pennsylvania's approach to standards and assessment, what challenges remain, and what the future holds.

  • RANDNext 1st Anniversary Wine and Food Celebration

    Oct 15, 2015

    RANDNext is celebrating its first anniversary with an evening of good conversation, food, and wine. RAND expert Philip Armour will discuss the economics of the wine industry, focusing on one of the most weather-sensitive, lucrative, and slow-to-adapt crops grown in California — wine grapes.

  • America's Security Deficit: Addressing the Imbalance Between Strategy and Resources in a Turbulent World

    Oct 19, 2015

    With the Taliban capturing the Afghan city of Kunduz, Russia flexing its muscles, ISIS undefeated, and China's advancing military modernization, the U.S. military is spread ever thinner. Former DoD strategists discuss their new report and explain why the United States must either boost its defenses or curb its military ambitions.

  • RAND Behavioral Finance Forum Fall 2015

    Oct 21, 2015

    Consumer Financial Decision Making is the theme of the 2015 RAND Behavioral Finance (BeFi) Forum on October 21, presented in partnership with the Aspen Institute, and in collaboration with the Institute for the Future.

  • Information Sessions for the Pardee RAND Graduate School Ph.D. Program in Policy Analysis

    Oct 21, 2015

    The Pardee RAND Graduate School is offering two online information sessions and five U.S. information sessions this fall. Come learn about the program and engage with students, faculty, and staff.

  • The Costs of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    Oct 29, 2015

    In an effort to understand the economic price of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, RAND assessed the costs and benefits of alternatives to the current impasse. The authors of the study present their findings to RAND Policy Circle members.

  • Past Events

  • United States and China: Trends in Military Competition

    Oct 5, 2015

    Eric Heginbotham discusses relative U.S. and Chinese military capabilities, including the evolution of Chinese military capabilities, steps the United States can take to limit the impact of a growing Chinese military on deterrence, and other U.S. strategic interests.

  • California's Drought and Water Policy

    Sep 30, 2015

    Leadership from the California Farm Bureau Federation, the California Water Commission, and the Association of California Water Agencies discuss solutions to the water crisis. This event is open to the public; Policy Circle members are invited to a pre-event reception and will receive reserved seating.

  • ISIS: Assessing the Global Threat

    Sep 24, 2015

    A year into the U.S.-led bombing on ISIS, how much progress has been made against the self-proclaimed Islamic State? RAND's Andrew Liepman and Citi Private Bank's Hasan Shirazi discuss the global threat ISIS poses and what can be done to contain it.

  • The Changing Face of America's Front Lines: Women in Special Operations and Combat Roles

    Sep 21, 2015

    Author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Pardee RAND dean Susan Marquis, and RAND's John Winkler discuss how a pioneering team of women who served alongside Rangers and SEALS in Afghanistan in 2011 helped pave the way for women's roles in the military, as well as issues that remain.

  • Lessons from a Hacker: Cyber Concepts for Policymakers

    Sep 14, 2015

    What do policymakers need to know as they confront growing concerns over cybersecurity? Lillian Ablon provides insights into some of the complexities of cybersecurity policymaking, including why software vulnerabilities matter and the motivations of various cyber threats actors.

  • RAND Public Policy Workshop

    Aug 26, 2015

    In this public policy analysis workshop led by Jeffrey Wasserman, director of RAND Health, participants learn about policy analysis tools and techniques—and gain an understanding of how they can be used to improve the quality of public policy decisionmaking.

  • Does Terrorism Work?

    Jul 30, 2015

    Bruce Hoffman discusses his latest book, Anonymous Soldiers, which draws on newly declassified documents to describe how both Arab and Jewish terrorism between 1917 and 1947 influenced Britain's day-to-day policies and its decision to surrender the mandate for Palestine to the UN.

  • Strategic Rethink: Choices for America in a Turbulent World

    Jul 24, 2015

    How does America envision its role in a turbulent geopolitical environment with growing challenges? Ambassador James Dobbins, Howard Shatz, and David Ochmanek examine the most consequential choices that are likely to face this president and the next.

  • The Dark Side of Technology

    Jun 25, 2015

    Global strategist, futurist, and author Marc Goodman joins RAND researcher and cybercrime expert Lillian Ablon for a glimpse into the future of crime in an interconnected world and also share steps people can take to protect themselves.

  • Financial Literacy and the Cost of Ignorance

    Jun 18, 2015

    Lack of financial literacy can lead to credit card debt, overwhelming college loans, and even bankruptcy. Annamaria Lusardi discusses the importance of educating people on how to make complex financial decisions as well as policy changes to raise the level of financial literacy.

  • Author Presentation: Calculating the Costs of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    Jun 15, 2015

    C. Ross Anthony and Charles P. Ries will present findings from their research on The Costs of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. The study explores both the economic and non-economic factors that might influence the parties' decisions—and have long-term implications in the region and beyond.

  • The Future of Marijuana

    Jun 9, 2015

    Multiple states have moved to decriminalize or legalize marijuana since 2012, but the prospect of legalizing it remains controversial. RAND expert Beau Kilmer will discuss the various options jurisdictions are considering, ranging from making marijuana a for-profit industry to blanket prohibition.

  • Statewide Mental Health Prevention Program Effectiveness

    May 18, 2015

    Proposition 63 was passed over ten years ago, to increase funding for prevention, early intervention, and service needs for mental health programs. Join us to learn about why statewide mental health prevention and early intervention efforts are important and what is working so far.

  • What Is the Future of Security in East Asia?

    May 7, 2015

    RAND welcomes a delegation of senior Japanese national security policy leaders to discuss the future of security in East Asia. The distinguished panel includes former minister of foreign affairs Gemba Koichiro, former ambassador to the United Nations Kitaoka Shinichi, and former minister of defense Onodera Itsunori.

  • Strengthening Police-Community Trust

    May 6, 2015

    Chief of Police Cameron McLay joins Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle and RAND's director of Safety and Justice, Brian Jackson, for a conversation moderated by Fred Thieman, president of the Buhl Foundation and former U.S. attorney for Western Pennsylvania, about why building and maintaining trust between police and the public is critical for the health of American democracy.

  • How Accurate Is TV's Portrayal of Terrorism?

    May 6, 2015

    Many hit TV shows, movies, and books center on terrorists and the fight against them. No one knows better than award-winning writer, producer, and author Howard Gordon that terrorism sells. Gordon, whose credits include Homeland and 24, will discuss the allure of terrorism in entertainment, and how its depiction differs from the reality of terrorism on the ground.

  • Decisions for the Decade Game: Planning Under Deep Uncertainty

    Mar 25, 2015

    How do you engage decisionmakers in thinking about long-term, hard-to predict risks? RANDNext members will play an interactive game intended to promote discussion about the integration of global policy and real world decisionmaking.

  • Sleep's Role in Society and Policy

    Mar 10, 2015

    Sleep deprivation is estimated to cost U.S. businesses more than $150 billion per year in absences, accidents, and lost productivity. Learn about RAND research on sleep and why it should factor into such policy decisions as setting school start times, scheduling workers' shifts, and ensuring the health and readiness of U.S. military personnel and their families.

  • The Use of Long-Range Armed Drones: Fact v. Myth

    Mar 3, 2015

    The Obama administration announced a new policy setting standards for exporting and using armed drones which will allow for the wider export of armed drones to allied nations. A panel of RAND experts will seek to dispel some of the myths that have arisen with respect to the use of long-range armed drones.