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May 21, 2015

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Sleep, Youth, and Substance Use

Youth who sleep less or stay up later are more likely to have used alcohol and marijuana recently, according to a new RAND study. Better understanding sleep's relationship with substance use can inform prevention efforts. Read more »

ISIS militants stand guard at a checkpoint in Mosul, Iraq, June 11, 2014

ISIS militants stand guard at a checkpoint in Mosul, Iraq, June 11, 2014. Photo by Stringer/Reuters

ISIS Finances Are Strong

Despite airstrikes and plunging oil prices, ISIS has more than enough in its coffers. That's according to RAND analysts in the New York Times. The group owes its strong financial position in part to a flexible, diversified portfolio. Read more »

A Chinese Coast Guard vessel in the South China Sea maneuvers to block a Philippine supply ship, March 29, 2014

A Chinese Coast Guard vessel in the South China Sea maneuvers to block a Philippine supply ship, March 29, 2014. Photo by Erik De Castro/Reuters

Island-Building in the South China Sea

China is expanding islands in disputed waters to accommodate airstrips and military facilities. This is an impressive show of Chinese strength, says RAND's Timothy Heath. But it also underscores a significant strategic weakness. Read more »

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Saving Lives and Dollars in California

A statewide suicide prevention effort is showing signs of progress, according to a new RAND study. A media campaign is increasing Californians' confidence about how to help people at risk. And a companion program is preventing suicide attempts and saving the state money. Read more »

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

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron with newly elected Conservative Party MPs in London, May 11, 2015. Photo by Stefan Rousseau/Reuters

A Conservative Ambition for UK Defense

With the UK election over, Prime Minister David Cameron and his Cabinet are articulating an agenda. National strategy and defense are certain to be prominent, says RAND's Paul Cornish. What will their approach mean for the coming years? Read more »

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No Guarantees, Even in a Cautious Life

After his father's unexpected death, RAND's Jeffrey Wasserman questioned his instinct to always play it safe: “I still have a chance to reassess the probabilities … and decide what risks in life are worth taking.” Read more »

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