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  • A mother and daugher ride on an urban bike path

    Essay

    What Are the Social Determinants of Health?

    Health care alone can only go so far to promote health. Evidence suggests that where and how people live plays at least as big a role in how well and how long they live.

    Feb 24, 2017

  • Bio power plant with storage of wooden fuel

    Commentary

    Uncertainty and Complexity: Biomass Can Help on the Path to Deep Decarbonization

    While biomass will almost certainly never become the dominant fuel for the electricity sector in the United States, it is still worth including as part of a menu of greenhouse gas mitigation strategies.

    Feb 24, 2017

  • President Tsai Ing-wen waves during National Day celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, October 10, 2016

    Commentary

    Why China Should Feel Good About Taiwan

    Chinese leaders should seek to engage in good faith discussions with Taiwanese counterparts. Beijing should also recognize that Tsai's apparent tentativeness about the new U.S. administration could change if cross-Strait military tensions were to escalate.

    Feb 22, 2017

  • Announcement

    Nobel Laureate Kenneth J. Arrow, a RAND Consultant Since 1948, Dies at 95

    Kenneth J. Arrow, whose groundbreaking work shaped scholarly thinking about such critical issues as the fairness of democratic elections, climate change and the cost of health care, has died.

    Feb 22, 2017

  • A teacher meeting with a parent and her child in a classroom

    Commentary

    School Choice: How Parents Can Find Out What They Need to Know

    To make an informed choice, parents need to know about the quality of school instruction, services, and the overall school climate. Schools need a better system of measuring and collecting data on school performance, and making it accessible to families.

    Feb 21, 2017

  • Cyber gavel illustration

    Commentary

    Does the Court System Know as Much About ESI as Your Teenager? It Should.

    Electronically stored information (ESI) from smart appliances, fitness trackers, and other devices is making its way into the U.S. court system. Judges and lawyers need to better understand this evidence so they can challenge it or rule on its admissibility in court.

    Feb 21, 2017

  • U.S. Air Force captain shakes hands with an Afghanistan National Army warehouse supervisor as they discuss storage and distribution for equipment and supplies in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 26, 2017

    Commentary

    Acquisition in Transition

    The DoD acquisition system is complex and ever-changing. It requires a trained and active workforce that has the support of Congress. Allowing some of the reforms to take place in a measured fashion would be a wise choice for the new administration and Congress.

    Feb 21, 2017

  • Police officers in riot gear stand outside Winson Green prison after a serious disturbance broke out, in Birmingham, Britain, December 16, 2016

    Commentary

    UK Prisons Are in 'Crisis,' So What Can Be Done to Improve Performance?

    Prisons in the UK are experiencing record numbers of suicides and other violent incidents, as well as staff shortages. Policymakers working on prison reform need more effective ways to measure the performance of prison programs.

    Feb 20, 2017

  • A woman worrying at her desk

    Commentary

    We Still Know Little About Financial Well-Being

    There is a clear link between UK employees being concerned about their finances and negative health and well-being. The challenge for researchers is that financial well-being is hard to measure.

    Feb 20, 2017

  • China's President Xi Jinping watches during a gift handover ceremony at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, January 18, 2017

    Commentary

    China's Opportunity—and Ours

    If the U.S. administration is interested in a collaborative but still firm way to influence Chinese behavior, China's halting efforts to join the U.S. as a sponsor and guarantor of the international order may offer a better approach than an accelerating confrontation.

    Feb 19, 2017

  • Adult students attending a computer course

    Commentary

    Community Colleges Can Be 'First Responders' in Retraining Displaced Workers

    Many of the occupations with opportunities require two-year degrees or certificates, such as those in health care and technology. Community colleges play a key role in training students for these jobs, and offer an environment that is supportive of displaced and dissatisfied workers.

    Feb 16, 2017

  • U.S. Army Soldiers board a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter at the Joint Multinational Training Command's (JMTC) Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany

    Testimony

    How to Restore the Power Projection Capabilities of the U.S. Armed Forces

    To help put the United States back on a path toward fielding forces that can defeat any adversary, the DoD needs money and insight. The latter can help inform decisionmaking. The former would let the DoD develop, acquire, and field new systems and postures.

    Feb 16, 2017

  • Taiwanese Coast Guard patrol ship, Kaohsiung (CG 129), during a rescue drill near the coast of Itu Aba in the South China Sea, November 29, 2016

    Commentary

    History and Current Developments Regarding Taiwan's Coast Guard

    As Asia-Pacific countries develop policies to regulate maritime zones of jurisdiction, the importance of coast guards as instruments of state policy has been growing. Taiwan's Coast Guard is an increasingly effective force facilitating the protection and regulation of Taiwanese maritime rights and interests in the East and South China Sea.

    Feb 15, 2017

  • A doctor talking with a stressed patient

    Commentary

    Should the Definition of Health Include a Measure of Tolerance?

    Involving the medical community in helping to measure and increase tolerance could help make individuals and communities healthier. Since hate is both deadly and contagious, now is the time to engage the medical profession in eradicating it.

    Feb 15, 2017

  • Two F-15 Eagle fighter jets in flight over the ocean at sunset

    Media Advisory

    RAND Expert to Testify Before Senate Armed Services Committee on Reshaping the U.S. Military

    Senior military defense expert David Ochmanek will testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on reshaping the U.S. military. He will speak about restoring the power projection capabilities of the U.S. Armed Forces.

    Feb 15, 2017

  • A member of the counterterrorism task force stands guard in Times Square, New York City, December 31, 2016

    Testimony

    No Easy Solutions to the Persistent Terrorist Threat

    Jihadist terrorism isn't the most dangerous threat to the United States. But it is the most prominent. There are no clear solutions to this problem, and all America's counterterrorism options entail risks.

    Feb 14, 2017

  • An illustration of autonomous cars on a road

    Multimedia

    Realizing Autonomous Vehicle Safety

    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.

    Feb 14, 2017

  • A teacher pointing to a student for talking in class

    Commentary

    Body Cameras on Teachers Are Not the Answer to Classroom Management

    Teachers in two England schools are participating in a pilot program of wearing cameras to stop pupil disruption. How they use the cameras could be counter-productive and may actually escalate situations in the classroom. Other methods to control challenging pupils will likely work better.

    Feb 13, 2017

  • Plane parked at gate at airport

    Media Advisory

    RAND Expert to Testify before Congress on the Evolving Threat of Terrorism

    Brian Michael Jenkins, senior adviser to the RAND president, will provide testimony before the House Armed Services Committee on February 14, 2017. He will speak about the evolving threat of terrorism and effective counterterrorism strategies.

    Feb 13, 2017

  • Autonomous cars on a road with visible connection

    Media Advisory

    RAND Expert to Testify before Congress on the Future of Self-Driving Cars

    RAND autonomous vehicle expert Nidhi Kalra will testify before the House Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection. She will speak about self-driving cars and the road to deployment.

    Feb 13, 2017

    Upcoming Events

  • Tipping Points in the Arctic

    Mar 2, 2017

    Policy Circle members and NextLeaders are invited to an exclusive RAND briefing on the growing economic, environmental, and political importance of the Arctic. RAND researchers will discuss prospects for innovation, cooperation, and confrontation in the region. [Santa Monica, CA]

  • Past Events

  • The Asia Pivot?

    Jan 24, 2017

    Just days after the inauguration, Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III and RAND's Rafiq Dossani will discuss issues on the Asia-Pacific agenda for the new administration, including climate change and strategic U.S. economic and security interests in the region. [Santa Monica, CA]

  • 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]