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  • Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif addresses the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) at United Nations headquarters in New York, April 27, 2015

    Commentary

    The End of Nuclear Proliferation?

    As the last case of nuclear proliferation fades further into history, it may become politically difficult to allocate resources to preventing it as other pressing threats, such as bio- and cyber-terrorism, continue to emerge. The time to act to keep nuclear proliferation a thing of the past is now.

    Jul 26, 2016

  • A man and his doctor discussing his treatment and looking at a clipboard

    Commentary

    Patients with Severe Schizophrenia Aren't Getting the Help They Need

    Clozapine has proven effective for patients with treatment-resistant schizophrenia, but the health system is poorly configured to provide it. Its possible side effects require extra patient monitoring, but it saves costs by reducing hospitalizations.

    Jul 25, 2016

  • An aerial photo taken though a glass window of a Philippine military plane shows the alleged on-going land reclamation by China on Mischief reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, May 11, 2015.

    Commentary

    Judgment on the South China Sea: What's Next?

    On July 12, the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled in favor of the Philippines' claims to maritime entitlements in the South China Sea. How China reacts could have far-reaching consequences for all nations that depend on a peaceful and integrated Southeast Asia.

    Jul 22, 2016

  • A medical professional giving a patient an injection

    Commentary

    Can a Nurse Practitioner Replace a Physician?

    The VA is considering expanding the role of nurse practitioners in order to provide veterans timely access to primary care services. Research has shown that nurse practitioners working in collaborative settings can provide high-quality care.

    Jul 22, 2016

  • Smoke rises after airstrikes from the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State militants in a village east of Mosul, Iraq, May 29, 2016

    Commentary

    Cutting the Islamic State's Money Supply

    Airstrikes have hit ISIL tanker trucks, oil fields, refineries, and banks, but it would be a mistake to view the group as a poor man's version of its old self. New steps are needed to counter its multi-million dollar taxation and extortion machine.

    Jul 21, 2016

  • Teacher using a tablet in a classroom while students work on desktop computers

    Commentary

    Inspiring Better Teacher Planning and Instruction or Just Adding Noise?

    Teachers can and should have the freedom to select and develop at least some of their own instructional resources. But whether sites like Amazon Inspire will actually save teachers time and help them find high-quality resources is up for debate.

    Jul 20, 2016

  • A patient receives chemotherapy while a loved one comforts her

    Commentary

    Points to Consider When Using Surveys of Cancer Patients

    Patient surveys provide unique insights for improving cancer care quality and new opportunities for research. However, features of survey populations such as sampling and early mortality should be accounted for when analyzing the findings.

    Jul 19, 2016

  • Judge Merrick Garland speaks after President Obama announced him as his nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, March 16, 2016

    Commentary

    A Spotlight on the Supreme Court, and Its Vacancy

    More than four months have passed since President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. In a time of contentious politics, a clear majority of Americans want the court to have a full bench. But they appear unlikely to get it soon.

    Jul 19, 2016

  • Announcement

    RAND Corporation Launches Arabic-Language Website

    A new Arabic-language website will feature RAND research of interest to the Arabic-speaking world. Reports on topics such as education policy, international affairs, health care, and regional governance will be translated over the coming years.

    Jul 19, 2016

  • A spouse embraces her husband after he returned from a four-month deployment May 18, 2016, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado

    Commentary

    'In the Deployment Life Study, I Saw My Own Family'

    RAND's Deployment Life Study was designed to examine how deployment affects the health and well-being of military families. M.M. Smith, an active-duty military spouse, offers her response to the study.

    Jul 18, 2016

  • Aerographer's mates stand by as an unmanned underwater vehicle leaves the surface to search for mines as part of a training exercise

    Commentary

    The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Intelligence Agencies

    The defense community has already begun a healthy dialogue about the ethics of AI in combat systems. The intelligence community should develop standards for AI risk assessments and assign responsibility for conducting them.

    Jul 18, 2016

  • Person in wheelchair getting physical therapy

    News Release

    Quality of Care in VA Health System Compares Well to Other Health Settings

    The Veterans Affairs health care system generally performs better than or similar to other health care systems on providing safe and effective care to patients, with some exceptions.

    Jul 18, 2016

  • Young man with hands clasped together.

    Commentary

    Is America's Crisis 'System' in Crisis?

    The U.S. has made life-saving progress on crisis support for veterans. Now other suicide prevention services need help. The progress made by the VA could provide a blueprint for improving suicide prevention services for all Americans.

    Jul 17, 2016

  • The interior of a Tesla Model S is shown in autopilot mode in San Francisco, California, April 7, 2016

    Commentary

    Fatal Crash Shouldn't Kill Self-Driving Cars

    The first known fatality in an autonomous vehicle occurred on May 7 and raises important questions. It does not, however, mean that self-driving cars are less safe than human drivers or that development of the technology should be stopped.

    Jul 16, 2016

  • The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman transits the Atlantic Ocean on a deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts

    Commentary

    NATO's Russia Problem: The Alliance's Tough Road Ahead Post-Warsaw Summit

    NATO emerged from Warsaw more unified than some had predicted it would, especially after the shock of Brexit. But with strained economies, rising populism, and persistent threats from the East and the South, NATO still faces an uphill battle.

    Jul 13, 2016

  • RAND senior economist Howard Shatz discussing his report, U.S. International Economic Strategy in a Turbulent World, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., June 21, 2016

    Blog

    Froman and Shatz Discuss U.S. Trade Policies, Brexit Implications

    Days before British citizens voted to exit the EU, RAND experts and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman gathered to discuss U.S. international economic policies that can expand strategic options, as well as the potential implications of Brexit.

    Jul 13, 2016

  • An elderly woman sits with her caregivers

    Testimony

    Dementia Long-Term Care Policy Options for Family Caregivers and Medicare

    The total cost of caring for people in the United States with dementia in 2010 was estimated to be between $159 and $215 billion. As the nation's population ages, these costs will soar. Lawmakers could consider policy changes that support family caregivers and expand Medicaid eligibility.

    Jul 13, 2016

  • World foreign ministers/secretaries of state in Vienna, Austria, July 14, 2015, when Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal

    Q&A

    RAND Experts Q&A on the Iran Nuclear Deal, One Year Later

    Looking back on the past year, five RAND experts respond to a series of critical questions about the Iran nuclear deal, its implementation, and potential challenges ahead.

    Jul 12, 2016

  • Soldiers from U.S. Army Europe's Charlie Company show Ukrainian Marines and National Guard soldiers the proper procedures for clearing a room, September 16, 2014

    Commentary

    It's Getting Harder to Define Military Readiness. Here's What to Do About It.

    Focusing on one type of threat or the other — whether state or non-state in its general nature — is becoming a less tenable option as the United States considers how to assess and improve its military readiness.

    Jul 12, 2016

  • Staff Sgt. Todd Reinert, a motor transportation operations chief, guides soldiers through shooting drills prior to a live-fire range in Tiguet, Mauritania, Feb. 15, 2016.

    Commentary

    This Is the Problem with Trying to Destroy the Islamic State

    Would counterterrorism forces be better served by containing terrorist groups instead of attempting to destroy them? Dismantling and destroying the Islamic State and similar organizations is a worthy strategic goal, but policymakers must also be prepared to limit the effectiveness of splinter groups as they emerge in the aftermath.

    Jul 12, 2016

    Upcoming Events

  • RAND Public Policy Workshop

    Aug 3, 2016

    In this public policy analysis workshop led by Jeffrey Wasserman, director of RAND Health, participants learn about policy analysis tools and techniques—and gain an understanding of how they can be used to improve the quality of public policy decisionmaking.

  • 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]

  • Past Events

  • Networking Happy Hour

    Jun 30, 2016

    The RANDNext Happy Hour is an opportunity for cross-industry networking among an elite group of early- to mid-career professionals. RAND researchers will be there to mingle and discuss their work across various policy topics. Join us at Le Méridien's newest venue, SandBox. [Santa Monica, CA]