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  • U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement regarding a January counterterrorism operation that accidentally killed two aid workers held hostage by al Qaeda, April 23, 2015

    Commentary

    The Death of Hostages and High-Flying Illusions

    Risk is unavoidable in fighting war or terrorism. Soldiers are sometimes felled by friendly fire, and civilians ostensibly on the sidelines become accidental targets. It is unrealistic to believe that such tragedies can always be prevented. Risks can be reduced but never entirely eliminated.

    May 4, 2015

  • People run for cover after an explosion in Jalalabad April 18, 2015

    Commentary

    Has Islamic State Entered Afghanistan?

    The bulk of the Islamic State of Khorasan is thought to be in Pakistan, but the group is trying to make inroads into Afghanistan. That said, the group's actual ability to operate in Afghanistan appears rather limited.

    May 4, 2015

  • An F-16 Fighting Falcon at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan March 20, 2015

    Commentary

    Peacetime Fuel 'Tankering' Could Save $25 Million Per Year

    Fuel tankering is carrying excess fuel on an aircraft when flying from origins where fuel is less expensive than at the destination. Tankering fuel to a conflict zone like Afghanistan is almost always cost-effective, but the story is more complex elsewhere due to how fuel is purchased and resold within the DoD itself.

    May 4, 2015

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif

    Essay

    Nuclear Negotiations with Iran: Looking Ahead

    As world leaders work to piece together a nuclear deal with Iran, RAND experts asked, What would change on the day after a final deal? Their analysis helps clarify what a nuclear deal would mean for the United States, the region, and the world.

    May 4, 2015

  • News Release

    Malcolm Gladwell, Soledad O'Brien, Lionel Johnson and Gerald Parsky Elected to RAND Corporation Board of Trustees

    Four leaders with broad backgrounds in media, business and finance have been elected to the RAND Board of Trustees: author and journalist Malcolm Gladwell, journalist Soledad O'Brien, business and public sector executive Lionel C. Johnson, and finance executive Gerald L. Parsky.

    May 4, 2015

  • Statistics diagrams with silhouettes of people

    Commentary

    Sensitivity Analyses: Shedding Unexpected Light on Results

    Sensitivity analysis lets researchers test and explore some of the assumptions that underlie their findings. These might be assumptions about a relationship, data that's been excluded, or which part of an analysis is most important.

    May 1, 2015

  • News Release

    Complete Results from Major Survey of U.S. Military Sexual Assault, Harassment Released

    In addition to validating the initial findings from the RAND Military Workplace Study published in December 2014, the final results reveal unprecedented detail about the frequency of criminal sexual assault against service members, the nature and context of those assaults, and how they differ for men and women in each branch of service.

    May 1, 2015

  • Labels with prices are placed next to marijuana for sale at the grand opening of The Cannabis Corner, the first city-owned recreational marijuana store in the country, in North Bonneville, Washington March 7, 2015

    Commentary

    Unprecedented Changes in Marijuana Policy

    The marijuana policy landscape changed dramatically in 2014. Legal sales for nonmedical purposes began in Colorado and in Washington state. Voters in Washington, D.C., Alaska, and Oregon passed initiatives to liberalize their marijuana laws. Uruguay also started implementing its marijuana legalization law passed in 2013.

    Apr 30, 2015

  • Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi observe a guard of honour at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, April 29, 2015

    Commentary

    Seduced by a Strongman?

    It is not true that domestic politics can be quarantined from foreign policy. In fact, Egypt's domestic and foreign policies are becoming more entangled by the day. And that bleed-over should raise concerns.

    Apr 30, 2015

  • A member of the Taliban insurgency during the execution of three men in Ghazni Province, April 18, 2015

    Commentary

    The Afghan Warlord with a Cheshire Cat Grin

    Matiullah Khan was an Afghan militia leader turned police chief whose rise to power demonstrated both the dangers and opportunities posed by the lack of governance in Afghanistan. The victim of a Taliban suicide bomber, his death left a power vacuum that persists today. His successor, Gulab Khan, was murdered last week.

    Apr 30, 2015

  • San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland signals a first down after an interception against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium, November 16, 2014

    Commentary

    Traumatic Brain Injury Isn't Just an NFL Problem

    Chris Borland retired early out of concern for his long-term mental and emotional health as a result of football's well-documented link to traumatic brain injury. Hopefully, his bold move will lead to better prevention and treatment of brain trauma in football, but it is also an issue for young athletes, military veterans, and others.

    Apr 30, 2015

  • U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcome Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe for a State Dinner in their honor at the White House in Washington

    Commentary

    Shinzo Abe Visit Caps New Dawn in U.S.-Japan Relations

    A shift toward “collective self-defense” will allow Japan to take joint military action with its allies even when it is not directly attacked and thereby participate in security measures beyond its borders. Prime Minister Abe's trip to Washington this week is intended to cement Japan's deepening bilateral security alliance with the U.S.

    Apr 30, 2015

  • Immigration law book, gavel, legal document, and a passport

    Commentary

    The Forgotten Cornerstone in the Immigration Reform Debate

    The Executive Office for Immigration Review manages the U.S. immigration court system and thereby plays a pivotal role in assuring the timely processing of foreign nationals and the security of the nation and its borders. It should not be left out of discussions of immigration reform.

    Apr 30, 2015

  • A fighter of the Kurdish People's Protection Units fires an anti-aircraft weapon at Islamic State fighters in Tel Tamer, Syria, February 25, 2015

    Testimony

    Historical Lessons for the Wars in Iraq and Syria

    The wars in Iraq and Syria are deeply intertwined and must thus be dealt with simultaneously. Understanding the factors that brought past insurgencies to an end can provide lessons for how to proceed.

    Apr 30, 2015

  • The entrance to the Santa Monica Pier at sunset

    Commentary

    Wellbeing Project to Weave Science Into Government Decisions

    Wellbeing is about individuals having the skills and opportunity to live a meaningful life, and there are countless things that cities do that either contribute or detract from that sense of meaning. Santa Monica's Wellbeing Project is working to fundamentally change how the government thinks about its citizens.

    Apr 29, 2015

  • Grinnell College president Raynard Kington

    Blog

    Scientific Workforce Diversity: A Conversation with Raynard Kington

    Grinnell College president and RAND alumnus Raynard Kington discusses the need for—and reality of—diversity in the biomedical scientific workforce.

    Apr 28, 2015

  • Satellite image of the United States at night

    Essay

    How Smart Grids Can Change the Way We Live

    A modernized, “smart” grid could change how much you pay for electricity, where it comes from, and how likely you are to lose it in a summer storm. But has the reality of the smart grid kept pace with the promise?

    Apr 27, 2015

  • Migrants stand on board of Italian Navy ship Chimera before disembarking in the southern harbour of Salerno April 22, 2015

    Commentary

    What Does It Take to Rescue Migrants at Sea?

    EU leaders gathered today for an emergency summit to discuss a concerted response to the humanitarian disaster unfolding in the Mediterranean Sea. As a former officer serving aboard an Italian Navy warship deployed in Operation Mare Nostrum in Nov. 2013, Giacomo Persi Paoli is well aware of the challenges.

    Apr 23, 2015

  • An elderly man tries explaining his pain to his doctor

    Commentary

    More Long-Term Health Conditions, Poorer Health Care Experiences

    Patients with multiple long-term health conditions are more likely to report poorer experiences in primary care than those with fewer health problems. A patient-centered model that takes into account the severity of disease — and the impact of combinations of diseases, on patient quality of life and health care experiences — could make a difference.

    Apr 23, 2015

  • A child breaking a cigarette in half

    Commentary

    What Works in Early Life to Prevent Tobacco and Alcohol Addiction?

    Tobacco and alcohol addiction are widespread public health risks across the European Union and both merit tackling at a young age. Evidence-based, early interventions are available that can be applied in small-scale settings to prevent underage alcohol and tobacco abuse.

    Apr 23, 2015

    Upcoming Events

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.