Two years after the revolutions that shook the political landscape of the Arab world, several countries in the region remain unsettled. Did the Arab Spring really change that much for the better, as hopes of democracy seem to have faded, or is it still too soon to tell?
Declines in energy consumption because of substantial improvements in efficiency and surging production of natural gas, oil, and renewable energy have brought the United States to the brink of energy independence. Join RAND to learn more about shifts in U.S. energy markets.
Health care professionals are always looking for more effective ways to relieve and prevent suffering among their patients and to enhance the quality of care. Join us for a discussion on what we know—and what we need to know—about the delivery of palliative care services.
A RAND policy forum this January will focus on the work and life of James Q. Wilson, a longtime board member of the RAND Corporation and its Pardee RAND Graduate School who was known, among other things, for his analyses of the nature of bureaucracy.
Set Politics Aside and join world and business leaders, journalists from Thomson Reuters, and researchers from RAND in thought-provoking conversations with audience participation. The sessions will look at the risks associated with far-ranging topics such as the challenges of financial regulation, insurgency and terrorism, nascent democracy, the persistence of poverty, and rising health care costs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tani Cantil-Sakauye is the 28th Chief Justice of California, the first Asian-Filipina American and the second woman to serve as Chief Justice. Sworn in on January 3, 2011, Cantil-Sakauye chairs the Judicial Council of California, the administrative policymaking body of state courts, and the Commission on Judicial Appointments.
This year's conference includes a presentation on "toxic stress" and its impact on early learning, social-emotional development and long-term health, and a discussion about creating a community system that supports the success of children from cradle to career.
At this March 2012 program, physical scientist Tom LaTourrette discusses the pros and cons of nuclear energy, and sheds some light on lessons learned in the year since Japan's nuclear disaster in Fukushima.
In May 2011, a U.S. Supreme Court decision ordered California to reduce its prison population by 33,000 within two years. At this policy forum experts and policymakers will discuss the capacity of the health care safety net to meet the needs of ex-prisoners and of the public safety implications of prisoner reentry.
The RAND Bing Center for Health Economics and RAND Labor and Population, in collaboration with the Journal of Human Capital
, held a two-day conference on health, aging, and human capital. Presenters addressed socioeconomic disparities in health, international differences in longevity and health, post-retirement financial decisions, and more.
This conference is a public meeting of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy and is being conducted in partnership with the RAND Corporation.
Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan face many challenges, particularly when it comes to health care. A RAND policy forum focuses on recent research into this new generation of combat veterans, including their experience with depression, PTSD, and substance misuse, as well as challenges they face in their physical health, their access to services, and their post-military careers.
An October RAND program features David Groves, a policy researcher whose work on water resources management has helped several water agencies in California address climate change in their long-term planning.
Join this discussion about the upcoming launch of the "Kindergarten Readiness in Santa Monica" initiative, a partnership between Connections for Children, the Santa Monica–Malibu Unified School District, and the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities.