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  • Russian President Vladimir Putin gives his annual state of the nation address at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, December 1, 2016

    Commentary

    Can Trump Make a Deal with Putin?

    If executed properly, President-elect Trump's diplomacy could help reverse a destabilizing downward spiral in U.S.-Russian relations and create a vision of what normal relations might entail.

    Dec 5, 2016

  • President Barack Obama meets with members of the National Security Council in the Situation Room of the White House, September 10, 2014

    Commentary

    Presidential Policy Directive 1: Forming the NSC

    If precedent holds, the National Security Council will be defined in the first presidential directive that President Trump will sign in the early weeks of his administration. Several important questions should be considered.

    Dec 5, 2016

  • Anenurin Bevan, Minister of Health, on the first day of the National Health Service, 5 July 1948 at Park Hospital, Davyhulme, near Manchester

    Announcement

    CCHSR Annual Lecture to Feature Martin Roland CBE

    Martin Roland CBE, Emeritus Professor of Health Services Research at the University of Cambridge, will speak at the annual CCHSR lecture on Tuesday, 6 December 2016. The title of his talk is 'A Brief History of NHS Politics 1948-2030.'

    Dec 5, 2016

  • News Release

    China Invests Warily in Middle East

    China endeavors to protect its expanding interests in the Middle East by not taking sides in conflicts and controversies. The United States should encourage China to become more involved in efforts to improve regional stability while reassuring partners of its own commitment to the region.

    Dec 5, 2016

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un takes part in a photo session with the participants of the 6th Congress of the Democratic Women's Union of Korea, November 22, 2016.

    Media Advisory

    Bruce Bennett Available for Interviews About the 5th Anniversary of Kim Jong-Un's Rise to Power in North Korea

    Bruce Bennett is available for media interviews to talk about North Korea's nuclear capabilities, the current level of instability in North Korea, and what the United States can do to work with China and the Republic of Korea to prepare for a potential North Korean collapse.

    Dec 5, 2016

  • Kid with menu

    News Release

    Changes to Kids' Menus May Help Curb Childhood Obesity

    Most kids' menu items at the top 200 U.S. restaurant chains exceed the calorie counts recommended by nutrition experts. The restaurant industry can embrace calorie guidelines to promote children's health and reduce childhood obesity.

    Dec 5, 2016

  • Displays at Shango Cannabis shop on the first day of legal recreational marijuana sales in Portland, Oregon, October 1, 2015

    Commentary

    The Legal Marijuana Middle Ground

    There are many ways to legalize marijuana supply besides the for-profit approach. But to learn what effects various models have, the federal government will have to make it easier for states to implement some middle-ground options.

    Dec 1, 2016

  • Tired businesswoman in the office

    Commentary

    Americans Don't Sleep Enough, and It's Costing Us $411 Billion

    Sleep and sleep loss are often considered to be among the most intimate of personal behaviors, but sleep matters to all aspects of society, from an individual’s health to the success of the global economy.

    Nov 30, 2016

  • News Release

    One-Stop Social Services Efforts May Improve Community College Outcomes

    Students participating in programs that provide a comprehensive range of support services are more likely to persist in attending community college.

    Nov 30, 2016

  • Professor and university students in a lecture hall

    Commentary

    Before We Measure Teaching Quality, We Should Know What It Is

    The lack of an evidence base on teaching quality and its impact in higher education points to a need for more research, made more pressing by the imminent roll-out of the Teaching Excellence Framework, which intends to assess and monitor teaching quality at UK higher education institutions.

    Nov 29, 2016

  • News Release

    Lack of Sleep Costing U.S. Economy Up to $411 Billion a Year

    Sleep deprivation leads to a higher mortality risk and lower productivity levels among the workforce, putting a significant damper on a nation's economy. It leads to the U.S. losing around 1.2 million working days a year.

    Nov 29, 2016

  • News Release

    Lack of Sleep Costing UK Economy Up to £40 Billion a Year

    Sleep deprivation leads to a higher mortality risk and lower productivity levels among the workforce, putting a significant damper on a nation's economy. It leads to the UK losing around 200,000 working days a year.

    Nov 29, 2016

  • Coworkers taking a break in the office to stretch

    Commentary

    Measuring What Works: Workplace Well-Being

    The link between productivity and well-being is recognized and increasingly accepted as a prerequisite of strong employer and employee performance. HR professionals and CEOs believe that high employee well-being means high staff engagement and a real intention to do well for the workforce.

    Nov 28, 2016

  • Afghan National Army soldiers inspect passengers at a checkpoint in eastern Afghanistan, June 29, 2015, after Islamic State fighters had seized territory from rival Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan for the first time

    Commentary

    The Islamic State-Taliban Rivalry in Afghanistan

    The weakening of the Islamic State is a positive step. But Taliban successes against the group have strengthened the Taliban's power, bolstered its reputation, and complicated U.S. and Afghan government efforts to wind down the Afghan war.

    Nov 28, 2016

  • Young barista working in a cafe

    Commentary

    Finding the 'Sweet Spot' in the UK Minimum Wage Debate

    Increases in the UK national minimum wages have not had adverse effects on employment overall. But it's important that the new national living wage and minimum wage aren’t increased to a point that is unsustainable for businesses.

    Nov 28, 2016

  • News Release

    Changes Needed to Fortify U.S. Blood System from Financial and Biological Threats

    Medical advances have reduced the demand for blood in the United States, creating financial pressure on the nation's blood collection centers and threatening their future survival.

    Nov 28, 2016

  • Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at the Shale Insight energy conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 22, 2016

    Commentary

    With Trump in the White House, States Could Step Up on Climate Change

    President-elect Trump has expressed skepticism about climate change. But states may choose to pursue their own climate change initiatives.

    Nov 26, 2016

  • The blast furnaces at the now-closed Bethlehem Steel mill remain standing in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, April 22, 2016

    Commentary

    America's Shifting Labor Market in a Technology-Driven World

    Making America competitive in a transitioning market will require examination of future labor market requirements. Workforce development programs that target building labor capacity for a new economy will be essential.

    Nov 25, 2016

  • A woman sits handcuffed after arriving at the Los Angeles Century Jail for Women in Lynwood, California, April 26, 2013

    Commentary

    Counties Need to Help Parolees Access Health Care

    Health needs can be big challenges for former prisoners seeking to reenter communities. But recent policies in California promise to reduce that barrier.

    Nov 23, 2016

  • Soldiers look at a portable lifting system by Stertil-Koni at the Marine West Military Expo at Camp Pendleton, California, February 1, 2012

    Commentary

    DIUx: Capturing Technological Innovation

    The Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) aims to find new sources of advanced technology to give America an edge over potential foes. DIUx is evidence of another form of innovation: organizing in new ways to capture new ideas.

    Nov 23, 2016

    Upcoming Events

  • Beyond the Headlines: The Russian Firehose of Falsehood

    Dec 7, 2016

    A Beyond the Headlines look at why the Russian propaganda model is difficult to counter with traditional counterpropaganda methods. RAND senior social scientist Christopher Paul will offer alternative solutions based on the same psychology behind the surprising success of Russia's firehose of falsehood. [Pittsburgh, PA]

  • The Future of Artificial Intelligence

    Dec 14, 2016

    Policy Circle and RANDNext members are invited to a special briefing on the role artificial intelligence is playing in society, including its incredible promise and pressing concerns. [Santa Monica, CA]

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  • Generations@RAND

    Nov 29, 2016

    A twice-a-year seminar series addresses how strategic charitable giving can maximize an individual's impact on society. Estate planning experts will share strategies for the transfer of wealth from one generation to the next. [Santa Monica, CA]