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  • News Release

    Russia, China and Iran Use Measures Short of War to Further Strategic Ends Against the U.S.

    The United States will have to address the problems of foreign intervention and threats short of war if it is to prevent further erosion of its global influence by its competitors.

    May 31, 2016

  • A doctor and patient interacting

    Commentary

    Debunking Myths About Patient Experience Surveys

    Patient experience surveys give patients a voice. They can provide fair and relevant indicators that complement other metrics of health care quality to monitor and improve care.

    May 27, 2016

  • Testimony

    Reforming the American Military Officer Personnel System: Addendum: Thoughts on Contractors

    Document submitted on May 24, 2016 as an addendum to testimony presented to the Senate Armed Services Committee on December 2, 2015.

    May 27, 2016

  • Rows of cannabis plants in a greenhouse

    Q&A

    Researcher Q&A: Beau Kilmer on the State of Marijuana Legalization

    Beau Kilmer, co-director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center and a co-author of the nonpartisan primer Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know addresses developments in marijuana policy and why reasonable people can disagree about legalization.

    May 26, 2016

  • U.S. President Barack Obama attends a press conference with Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang at the Presidential Palace Compound in Hanoi, Vietnam, May 23, 2016

    Commentary

    Why Has Obama Lifted the Arms Sales Ban on Vietnam?

    The lifting of the Vietnam arms embargo needs to be understood as part of the long process of normalizing relations with a former U.S. enemy and building toward a more cooperative, economically dynamic and strategic future-oriented relationship.

    May 25, 2016

  • Paratroopers parachute into the opening ceremony of Exercise Noble Partner in Vaziani, Georgia, May 10, 2015

    Commentary

    Georgia's Delicate Foreign Policy Dance

    Given the dangerous environment and the small size and relative military weakness of Georgia, it wisely pursues a good neighbor policy in all directions. Still, the country must improve its defense posture and for Georgia, the main security balancer is the United States.

    May 25, 2016

  • Veterans waiting for their appointments at the VA Medical Center in El Paso, Texas

    Commentary

    Did We Improve Veterans Health Care? It's Unclear

    The Veterans Choice program was designed to expedite veterans' access to health care and relieve pressure on the VA system. Before making the program permanent, the VA should better understand its effectiveness.

    May 24, 2016

  • Grandfather and grandson fishing

    Commentary

    Does Social Spending Hold the Key to Better Health?

    Many governments are cutting spending on social welfare programs, such as unemployment benefits, while protecting health care spending. This could actually be negatively affecting population health.

    May 24, 2016

  • Brexit referendum concept with stethoscope

    Commentary

    Brexit and Health Research: An Uncertain Picture

    The impact of leaving the EU on UK health research would depend greatly upon the terms and conditions of such a major change. But by exploring different scenarios, each with its own set of political and economic assumptions, we can get a picture of the potential impacts.

    May 23, 2016

  • Doves fly over the Peace Memorial Park with a view of the gutted A-bomb dome at a ceremony in Hiroshima, Japan

    Commentary

    5 Things That Should Happen When Obama Visits Hiroshima

    On May 27, President Barack Obama will be the first sitting U.S. president to visit the city of Hiroshima. The visit is a sign of respect and friendship between the American and Japanese people, and should make the two countries' ties even stronger.

    May 23, 2016

  • A member of the Peshmerga forces inspects a tunnel used by Islamic State militants in the town of Sinjar, Iraq

    Commentary

    Islamic State May Be Down, but It's Far from Out

    The Islamic State's loss of territory, money, and recruits would seem to demonstrate significant progress by the U.S.-led coalition. But if there is one accepted truism in the battle against the group, it is that its leaders intend to fight to the death to establish an Islamic caliphate.

    May 23, 2016

  • News Release

    Middle School Intervention Program Leads to Long-Term BMI Reduction for Obese Students

    A five-week obesity prevention program helped obese seventh grade students lose weight over a long-term period. The average reduction in body mass index two years later when they entered high school translated into about nine pounds lower bodyweight.

    May 23, 2016

  • A boy takes pictures at Narita International airport in Narita, Japan, March 25, 2016

    Commentary

    Terrorism Shouldn't Affect Travel Plans

    Evidence suggests that the threat of terrorism need not affect individuals' behavior and travel decisions, not even in the wake of attacks such as those in Brussels and Paris.

    May 21, 2016

  • Hereford cattle eating at a trough

    Commentary

    The Global Economic Costs of Antimicrobial Resistance

    In addition to being a public health problem, antimicrobial resistance is also a major economic concern. It crosses sectoral boundaries, because resistant bugs can pass between animals and humans, and through food, agriculture, and the environment.

    May 20, 2016

  • Medical healthcare test using a centrifuge

    Commentary

    NIHR's Impacts on the Health Research Landscape

    The National Institute for Health Research is now ten years old. What benefits has it had on the health research landscape in the UK since its formation?

    May 19, 2016

  • A world map shaped with pharmaceutical drugs

    Commentary

    The O'Neill Review: A Critical Step in Taking Global Action Against AMR

    The O'Neill Review aims to increase global knowledge of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and generate international consensus about the nature of the problem and the necessary steps to tackle it. A RAND Europe analysis of the potential economic costs of AMR contributed to the Review.

    May 19, 2016

  • Graduates wearing caps and gowns

    Commentary

    Making the 'Gap Year' More Inclusive and Purposeful

    High schools and universities should work together, with the support of policymakers, to develop programs that would provide a wider spectrum of U.S. students with the opportunity to take a purposeful gap year—and enter college with some real-world adult experience behind them.

    May 19, 2016

  • Scientist studying microbes in a petri dish

    Media Advisory

    Experts Available to Discuss Global Cost of Antimicrobial Resistance

    In light of the final report for the O'Neill Review on Antimicrobial Resistance being submitted to the UK Prime Minister David Cameron and its findings being announced on Thursday 19th May, experts from RAND Europe will be available to comment on the global cost of antimicrobial resistance.

    May 19, 2016

  • News Release

    Declassified Documents Provide Insight into Origins of the Islamic State and How to Defeat the Group

    Looking at more than 140 recently declassified documents from the predecessors of the Islamic State, it is evident that the group has been operating for years with remarkable continuity in its philosophy, methods, and goals, including the long-standing aspiration for creating a caliphate.

    May 19, 2016

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un presides over a rally and parade in Pyongyang's main ceremonial square, North Korea, May 10, 2016

    Commentary

    Behind North Korea's Bid for a 'Peace Treaty'

    By insisting on a peace treaty with America, North Korea is probably seeking war. Its leaders likely hope a treaty would lead to a withdrawal of U.S. forces from South Korea, setting the stage for an invasion by the North.

    May 18, 2016

    Upcoming Events

  • A Conversation with His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, Ambassador of the UAE to the US

    Jun 1, 2016

    Ambassador Al Otaiba has been instrumental to enhancing UAE-US relations and improving bilateral security and economic cooperation between the two nations. He will describe his vision for a stable, tolerant, and prosperous Middle East. [Santa Monica, CA]

  • The Role of Private Plans in Medicare

    Jun 9, 2016

    The 2016 Williams Lecture on Health Policy features Joseph Newhouse, the John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy and Management at Harvard University. He will discuss reforms in the mid-2000s that had a surprising—and some would say counterintuitive—effect on Medicare Advantage Plans. [Santa Monica, CA]

  • Set Politics Aside and Join the Conversation

    Nov 11, 2016

    Politics Aside is a postelection event that engages policymakers, opinion leaders, philanthropists, and RAND's leading thinkers in a nonpartisan examination of pressing policy challenges. Proceeds support RAND's Investment in People and Ideas program. [Santa Monica, CA]