RAND Public Programs – Los Angeles

RAND is committed to enriching the quality of public debate on important policy issues by sharing perspectives that are evidence based and that advance knowledge. RAND offers free public programs from its headquarters campus in Santa Monica to bring together policy-minded Angelenos and RAND's top researchers for dialogues on a range of pressing concerns.

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    Past Events

  • Lessons from 13 Years of War

    Dec 10, 2014

    During the past 13 years of war, U.S. conventional and special operations forces worked more closely together than in any previous conflict. Linda Robinson will discuss how special operations forces can be applied in Iraq and Syria and how the U.S. can apply the broad lessons of these years to a future strategy.

  • The U.S.-Japan Alliance Conference Series

    Dec 5, 2014

    The U.S.-Japan alliance is the cornerstone of the U.S. presence in Asia. A series of three discussions with RAND experts and guest speakers (Nov. 6, Nov. 7, and Dec. 5) will explore new issues that have arisen for the alliance as a result of rapid, dramatic changes in the security, economic, and technological environments of Northeast Asia.

  • Set Politics Aside and Join the Conversation

    Nov 13, 2014

    Politics Aside is an intimate, postelection event that engages policymakers, opinion leaders, philanthropists, and RAND's leading thinkers in a nonpartisan examination of pressing policy challenges. To learn more and register to attend on November 13–14, visit the website. Proceeds support RAND's Investment in People and Ideas program; gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.

  • Self-Driving Vehicles

    Oct 28, 2014

    Self-driving cars are in the news, on the road, and the future of driving. RAND information scientist Nidhi Kalra will lead a discussion of research on the potential benefits, drawbacks, and implications of driverless cars.

  • The Elements of Surprise

    Oct 15, 2014

    Professionals today are expected to respond to more variables at a faster rate than was the case even a decade ago. RAND senior engineer Dave Baiocchi will discuss coping strategies and specific responses taken by various professionals that can help you better prepare for and respond to surprise.

  • Issues in Focus: Helping American Veterans and Their Caregivers

    Sep 23, 2014

    America's military caregivers are an essential part of the nation's ability to care for returning wounded warriors, but their own needs are often neglected. Terri Tanielian, a RAND senior social research analyst, will discuss this critical issue. Register online to attend this program in Santa Monica, Calif.

  • Distinguished Speaker Series: Simon Sinek

    Jul 23, 2014

    Author Simon Sinek will discuss his new book, Leaders Eat Last, and how to create stable, adaptive, confident teams, where everyone feels they belong and all energies are focused on facing the common enemy and seizing big opportunities.

  • Distinguished Speaker Series: Marco Villa

    Jun 24, 2014

    Marco Villa, adviser to the Hyperloop next-generation transportation system, will be the featured speaker in RAND's Distinguished Speaker Series on June 24, 2014.

  • Haskins Lecture – Next: Breakthrough Technologies for National Security

    May 8, 2014

    The 2014 Haskins Lectureship on Science Policy will feature Arati Prabhakar, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, discussing breakthrough technologies for national security.

  • Russia: What Happened? What's Next?

    Apr 9, 2014

    What are the implications of the continuing standoff between Russia and the West over Ukraine? Olga Oliker will discuss the latest unfolding events in the region and how cooperation on other global and regional issues could be affected.

  • Navigating Turmoil in the Middle East

    Mar 18, 2014

    Dalia Dassa Kaye of RAND and Aaron Miller of the Wilson Center will discuss current events in the Middle East and weigh the prospects of success for U.S. diplomats working to navigate the region's many hot spots.

  • Community Resilience

    Jan 23, 2014

    It's important to build community resilience for the sake of long-term recovery, but how do we make resilience happen? Anita Chandra will distill the extensive body of research on resilience-building into simple steps that communities and organizations can take to help strengthen themselves against all kinds of disasters.

  • Women's Heart Health: Research That Matters

    Jan 11, 2014

    A conference on women's heart health research will feature experts Chloe E. Bird, Tamara B. Horwich, and Karol E. Watson. They will discuss topics related to women's heart health including body weight and calcium.

  • Distinguished Speaker Series: Edmund Phelps

    Nov 6, 2013

    Nobel Prize-winning economist Edmund Phelps is director of the Center on Capitalism and Society at Columbia University as well as dean of New Huadu Business School at Minjiang University in Fuzhou, China. He will follow his talk with a book signing.

  • Security Versus Privacy?

    Oct 24, 2013

    People are wondering how much America is, or should be, sacrificing privacy and civil liberties for the sake of homeland security. A RAND Policy Forum on October 24, 2013 will discuss where to draw the proper lines between privacy, security, and liberty.

  • Drones

    Sep 25, 2013

    Drones—robotic, unmanned aerial vehicles used for surveillance—have transformed warfare and are beginning to transform civilian life as well. A RAND Policy Forum will address friendly and unfriendly drones, how they are being used today, who has them, and what other applications indicate cause for concern.

  • Women's Health

    Jun 27, 2013

    A RAND Policy Forum will address women's health, heart health, and the potential effects of gender on health with speakers Chloe Bird, Amanda Daniels, and Karol Watson.

  • Arab Spring

    May 23, 2013

    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?

  • An Energy-Independent United States

    Mar 20, 2013

    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.

  • Palliative Care: Improving Quality of Life for the Seriously Ill

    Feb 26, 2013

    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.

  • The Intellectual Life and Legacy of James Q. Wilson

    Jan 17, 2013

    A RAND policy forum focused 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.