Featured Research

  • U.S. Weapons Are the Main Source of Illegal Arms on the Dark Web

    Jul 19, 2017

    The dark web enables an illicit market for firearms, explosives, and ammunition. Its potential to anonymously arm criminals and terrorists, as well as vulnerable and fixated individuals, is the most dangerous aspect. Sixty percent of the arms for sale are from the United States.

  • Pittsburgh's Options to Address Lead in Its Water

    Jul 18, 2017

    The City of Pittsburgh is struggling to address the issue of lead in its water. It has initiated various solutions, but there is ongoing debate about whether current actions are sufficient to protect residents, which actions are proving most effective, and what new measures should be considered.

  • Depression Affects Teenage Girls More Often Than Boys

    Jul 14, 2017

    Depression among young people can be linked to low grades, substance abuse, irritability, relationship problems, and suicidal thoughts. In the United States, 36.1 percent of girls experience depression by age 17, compared with 13.6 percent of boys. And the gender gap may start even earlier than previously thought.

  • British Public Rejects “No Deal” on Brexit

    Jul 13, 2017

    The British people disagree with the claim that “no deal for Britain is better than a bad deal for Britain” when it comes to negotiations for leaving the European Union. They want a deal on Brexit and are willing to compromise to get one.

  • The Terrorist Diaspora: After the Fall of the Caliphate

    Jul 13, 2017

    As operations against ISIS in Mosul conclude, militants are likely already fleeing—and preparing to wage jihad elsewhere. How can the United States identify and mitigate the threat posed by these foreign fighters?

  • How Al-Qaida Could Resurge

    Jul 13, 2017

    Several factors may impact al-Qaida's rise or decline over the next several years. Most of these are outside of al-Qaida's control, but much would depend on how al-Qaida or similar groups responded to them.

  • The Evolving Terrorist Threat

    Jul 12, 2017

    As ISIS loses territory in Iraq and Syria, are terrorist attacks more likely or less? How is the group evolving? What about al-Qa'ida? To answer these questions, RAND convened a group of terrorism experts.

  • Personalized Learning: Lessons from Implementation

    Jul 11, 2017

    Personalized learning focuses on meeting students' individual needs while incorporating their interests and preferences. What does this look like in schools that have implemented personalized learning schoolwide?

  • Black and Hispanic Patients More Likely to Use Lower-Quality Hospices

    Jul 5, 2017

    Black and Hispanic patients are more likely to receive care from poorer-quality hospices. And their family caregivers are less likely to receive the right amount of emotional and religious support in hospice care. However, caregivers of black and Hispanic patients report similar or better experiences than caregivers of white patients within a given hospice.

  • Strengthening Strategic Stability with Russia

    Jul 5, 2017

    Strategic stability between the United States and Russia is eroding, but the two countries still share a deep interest in avoiding nuclear war. Strengthening stability will be challenging. Meaningful progress will require courage and sacrifices on both sides.

  • How to Bolster Recruitment of Women into the U.S. Military

    Jun 28, 2017

    As ground combat jobs transition to include women, efforts to improve the recruitment process are expanding. Having more female recruiters could help, as could creating outreach materials that counter stereotypes and highlight the roles of women in the military.

  • The Effects of Travel and Tourism on California's Economy

    Jun 27, 2017

    California's travel and tourism industry employs a diverse workforce that makes a meaningful contribution to the state's economy. For some, the industry offers a stable career path with good wages and wage growth. For others, it's a launching point into other industries.

  • Safety-Net Providers Can Adopt Medical Home Models and Improve Primary Care; Cost Reductions Harder

    Jun 23, 2017

    Most of the federally qualified health centers that participated in a program to help them adopt a “medical home” model of advanced primary care were successful in doing so. These changes improved access to primary care, but did not decrease the use of specialty care, acute care services or Medicare expenditures.

  • 'Principal Pipelines' Can Be an Affordable Way to Improve Schools

    Jun 20, 2017

    Improving school leadership by better selecting, training, and evaluating principals can be an affordable way to reduce turnover and improve schools.

  • An Insider's Look at 50 Years of American Diplomacy

    Jun 20, 2017

    RAND's James Dobbins spent five decades on the frontlines of U.S. diplomacy. Now he takes readers behind the scenes of the Vietnam peace talks, the Cold War, German reunification, the U.S. intervention in Afghanistan, and more.

  • Too Little Evidence Available to Determine Cost Savings of Crime Reform Initiative for Los Angeles County

    Jun 15, 2017

    While a California ballot initiative reducing penalties for some criminal offenses promised to save local governments money, quantifying such savings will require significant changes in the way local agencies track workloads.

  • Creating Better Support for Military and Veteran Caregivers

    Jun 14, 2017

    Caregivers who provide unpaid, informal support to current and former U.S. service members are a key part of America's care for returning warriors. A new research blueprint could help improve support for these "hidden heroes."

  • Improving Support for Military and Veteran Caregivers: A Research Blueprint

    Jun 14, 2017

    Millions of Americans provide informal care and support to current and former U.S. service members. A new research blueprint could help inform efforts to improve support for these “hidden heroes.”

  • Social Media Analysis Could Support Information Operations

    Jun 14, 2017

    Social media analysis could provide a window into the perspectives and communications of adversaries and other key audiences. If DoD seeks to expand its capability in this area, it must navigate U.S. law, cultural norms, and other issues.

  • A Close Look at China's Relationship with North Korea

    Jun 8, 2017

    North Korea has been a near-constant headache for China since the early 1990s. In light of Pyongyang's recent provocations, what are Beijing's interests on the Korean Peninsula? And what is the potential for U.S.-China cooperation on the issue?