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  • U.S. Army Soldiers walk through a market in Ebnkathwer, Iraq, March 3, 2010

    Commentary

    Land Power and a Third Offset Through a Wide-Angle Lens

    The so-called “third offset” is intended to guide U.S. defense strategy. The right way to view it is as part of a comprehensive vision for competitive advantage, one in which land power, often minimized in offset analyses, can play a central role.

    May 21, 2015

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a news conference in Beijing, November 12, 2014

    Commentary

    China's Emerging Vision for World Order

    China's mulling of the risks and benefits of assuming greater global responsibility reveals its judgment that it can't entrust the protection of its interests to U.S. goodwill.

    May 21, 2015

  • A masked American soldier in a sandstorm in Baghdad, Iraq

    Commentary

    Book Review: 'God Is Not Here,' by Bill Russell Edmonds

    'God Is Not Here' shows how not to send a soldier to war. The experience is searing and often brutal, and only a well-led, well-trained, cohesive unit can help servicemen and servicewomen do their duty and survive both mentally and physically.

    May 19, 2015

  • A Chinese Coast Guard vessel in the South China Sea maneuvers to block a Philippine supply ship with members of the media aboard, March 29, 2014

    Commentary

    China's Island-Building Stirs Fears, but Creates Openings for the United States

    News of proposed Navy patrols nearby disputed islands claimed by China suggests that the United States is toughening its response to Beijing's assertive territorial claims in the South China Sea.

    May 18, 2015

  • News Release

    Prop. 63 Suicide Prevention Investment Will Save Lives and Dollars; California Suicide Prevention Programs Have Broad ...

    A mass media campaign intended to help prevent suicides in California is reaching a majority of the state's adults and appears to be increasing their confidence about how to intervene with those at risk. In addition, an assessment of a companion suicide prevention program finds that the long-term impact could be the prevention of at least 140 deaths and 3,600 suicide attempts per year over the next three decades.

    May 18, 2015

  • Student asleep in class

    News Release

    Association Found Between Sleep Patterns and Alcohol or Marijuana Use in Adolescents

    Adolescents who sleep less or stay up later are significantly more likely to have used alcohol and marijuana over the past month when compared to their peers who report better sleep patterns. The association was consistent even after controlling for other known risk factors, such as depression.

    May 18, 2015

  • Alpine skier jumping from hill

    Commentary

    He Lived Cautiously, and Then Died Suddenly

    After nearly 60 years of playing it safe, Jeffrey Wasserman recognizes that he still has a chance to reassess the probabilities, analyze the costs and benefits, recalibrate, and decide what risks in life are worth taking.

    May 15, 2015

  • Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron with newly elected Conservative Party MPs in London, May 11, 2015

    Commentary

    A Conservative Ambition for the Defence of the United Kingdom

    Prime Minister David Cameron and his new Cabinet are spending their first days in office articulating a policy and legislative agenda, to be delivered in the form of the Queen's Speech at the State Opening of Parliament on 27 May. National strategy and defence are certain to feature on that agenda.

    May 14, 2015

  • Russia's President Vladimir Putin and China's President Xi Jinping at their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, May 8, 2015

    Commentary

    How Durable Is the China-Russia 'Friendship?'

    Though China and Russia share key economic interests and oppose what they claim to be a U.S.-dominated world order, their relationship over time promises to be uneven and tense.

    May 13, 2015

  • Nepalese military personnel and international rescue crews check on a collapsed building after the earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12, 2015

    Commentary

    Another Nepal Earthquake Makes Disaster Relief Planning Even More Important

    Leadership, coordination, communication, and involvement of local stakeholders are critical to an informed response to natural disasters. Improved disaster management in Nepal could help limit the suffering of impacted communities and help secure a more successful recovery in the long run.

    May 13, 2015

  • An air strike hits a military site controlled by the Houthi group in Yemen's capital Sanaa May 12, 2015

    Commentary

    Yemen: Victim of the Saudi-Iranian Rivalry

    Instability in Yemen does not benefit Iran, Saudi Arabia, or the United States. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is a major threat to all three countries. And neither side in the Yemeni conflict has the capability to impose central authority in Yemen by itself.

    May 12, 2015

  • Tungsten or Wolframite ore

    Testimony

    Critical Materials and U.S. Import Dependence

    The United States is vulnerable to export restrictions that limit access to raw materials that are critical to manufacturing. This can hinder the competitiveness of U.S. manufactures and create pressure to move manufacturing out of the country. But there are ways to address the potential for supply disruptions of critical materials.

    May 12, 2015

  • Soldiers from the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment catch a few winks before jumping over North Carolina during a training exercise

    Commentary

    U.S. Soldiers Denied Sleep Suffer Major Health Effects

    More than 60 percent of service members don't get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep per night, and about a third get by on five hours or less. What the military, and society at large, needs to do is give sleep its due by recognizing its importance as a crucial link to physical and mental well-being.

    May 11, 2015

  • Preschool classroom

    Commentary

    Business Leaders (Should) Take Note: Children Make the World Go Round

    Policymakers and researchers already know that investments in society's youngest members pay dividends for society at large over lifetimes. Now businesses are beginning to catch on.

    May 8, 2015

  • Police stopping on a crowded street

    Blog

    Examining Police, Community Relations

    The “Strengthening Police-Community Trust” panel held Wednesday at RAND's Pittsburgh offices felt ripped from the headlines, and from the outset the discussion was focused on what the moderator called “the intersection between the community and the police.”

    May 8, 2015

  • Nepal military personnel sits next to relief supplies at Gorkha district office following Saturday's earthquake in Gorkha, Nepal April 30, 2015

    Commentary

    Nepal Earthquake Response Shows Need for Better International Planning

    The U.S. provided supplies after the earthquake in Nepal, but they piled up at points of delivery because Nepalese customs authorities insisted that standard inspections be followed, even in an emergency situation. These kinds of bureaucratic challenges can be more easily overcome if they are identified and addressed before crises arise.

    May 7, 2015

  • Texas nurse Amber Vinson who had treated Liberian Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan steps from an ambulance at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia October 15, 2014

    Commentary

    As Ebola Declines, Lessons Emerge

    Lessons learned through the analysis of this most recent Ebola outbreak as well as other disease outbreaks can have far-reaching consequences, helping authorities to both improve the continuing, ongoing response and plan for the best possible response to future threats.

    May 7, 2015

  • Woman talking to a man in a wheelchair

    Commentary

    Caring for Our Nation's Hidden Heroes?

    Thanks to a growing list of more than 100 organizations that have pledged their commitment as members of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation's National Coalition for Military Caregivers, our nation is taking long overdue action to support both our wounded warriors and those who care for them.

    May 7, 2015

  • News Release

    Health Coverage Grows Under Affordable Care Act

    Insurance coverage has increased across all types of insurance since the major provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act took effect, with a net total of 16.9 million people becoming newly enrolled through February 2015.

    May 6, 2015

  • Worker wearing a hazmat suit

    Commentary

    Breaking Down Nuclear Waste as a Two-Part Issue

    The U.S. Department of Energy is now planning separate repositories for commercial waste and the waste from the military's nuclear weapons production instead of disposing of both in the same repository as originally intended. Decoupling different parts of the nuclear waste problem is a small but positive step forward.

    May 5, 2015

    Upcoming Events

  • The Future of Marijuana

    Jun 9, 2015

    Multiple states have moved to decriminalize or legalize marijuana since 2012, but the prospect of legalizing it remains controversial. RAND expert Beau Kilmer will discuss the various options jurisdictions are considering, ranging from making marijuana a for-profit industry to blanket prohibition.

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  • Statewide Mental Health Prevention Program Effectiveness

    May 18, 2015

    Proposition 63 was passed over ten years ago, to increase funding for prevention, early intervention, and service needs for mental health programs. Join us to learn about why statewide mental health prevention and early intervention efforts are important and what is working so far.

  • 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.