RAND Congressional Briefing Series Podcast

RAND Congressional Briefings connect RAND experts with lawmakers, legislative staff, and respected opinion leaders on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to present findings and recommendations on issues relevant to the current policy debate.

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Episodes

  • North Korea's Continuous Provocations

    Jul 17, 2017

    In this July 17th, 2017 congressional briefing, Bruce W. Bennett, Senior International/Defense Researcher, discusses North Korea's nuclear missile programs, its changing relationship with China, and implications for U.S. policy.

  • States vs. the Federal Government: Marijuana Legalization in the United States

    Jun 9, 2017

    In this June 9th, 2017 congressional briefing, Beau Kilmer, codirector of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center, provides an overview of recent changes in marijuana policies as well as options for the federal government.

  • Informing Investments in High-Quality Preschool

    May 5, 2017

    In this congressional briefing, RAND senior economist, Lynn Karoly, presents findings from her research, which compiles the most reliable evidence concerning the short- and long-run effects of high-quality preschool programs for participating children and the associated costs, benefits, and economic returns.

  • Repeal, Replace, Repair, or Improve? The Future of the ACA

    Mar 17, 2017

    In this March 2017 congressional briefing, RAND senior economist, Christine Eibner, discusses how individuals and employers will respond to major health care policy changes as the new administration reassesses the Affordable Care Act.

  • Realizing Autonomous Vehicle Safety

    Feb 14, 2017

    Autonomous vehicles hold enormous promise for transportation safety. But feasible, sound methods of testing need to be developed. In the meantime, policymakers should work to foster the development of self-driving vehicles while lowering their risks.

  • Getting to Yes with China in Cyberspace

    May 2, 2016

    In this May 2016 congressional briefing, RAND experts Scott W. Harold and Martin Libicki discuss the differing perspectives and interests of the United States and China in cyberspace.

  • Meeting the Health Care Needs of America's Veterans

    Feb 18, 2016

    In this February 2016 congressional briefing, senior policy researcher Carrie Farmer discusses RAND's findings from three assessments conducted under the Veterans Choice Act. Areas of focus include veteran demographics and health care needs, VA health care capabilities, and VA authorities and mechanisms for purchasing care.

  • Lessening the Risk of Refugee Radicalization

    Feb 16, 2016

    In this February 2016 congressional briefing, senior political scientist Barbara H. Sude discusses historical examples of radicalization among refugee groups, factors that can increase the risk of radicalization, measures to reduce the risk, and considerations for policymakers and legislators.

  • United States and China: Trends in Military Competition

    Oct 5, 2015

    In this October 2015 congressional briefing, 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.

  • Lessons from a Hacker: Cyber Concepts for Policymakers

    Sep 14, 2015

    In this September 14th congressional briefing, Lillian Ablon discusses the basics of cyber and information security and provides insights into some of the complexities of cybersecurity policymaking. Topics include why software vulnerabilities are significant, the components of cyber risk beyond the threat, motivations of various cyber threats actors, and what they exploit.

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