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OCT 16, 2014

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The RAND 2014 Midterm
Election Opinion Study

In 2012, the RAND American Life Panel (ALP) was extremely effective at predicting the U.S. presidential election. Now, researchers are using the ALP to study voting intentions, public opinion, and voter behavior leading up to the November midterms.

The Upshot (New York Times) and The RAND Blog will share these insights in the coming weeks. So far, the study has examined potential trouble for Democrats, voters who don't lean strongly toward either party, and attitudes about government's role in reducing income inequality. Read more »

Ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion in a colorized transmission electron micrograph

Ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion in a colorized transmission electron micrograph. Frederick Murphy/CDC/Handout via Reuters

Friday: “Ask Me Anything” About Ebola

Ebola has reached the U.S. and Spain. Is the global public health system prepared to contain the disease? RAND's Melinda Moore, a 20-year CDC vet, will answer this and other questions on Reddit tomorrow (Friday) at noon ET. To join the conversation, visit www.rand.org/reddit or follow @RANDCorporation on Twitter for the link. Read more »

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Malpractice Reform May Not Reduce 'Defensive Medicine'

A new study finds that strong new legal protections for ER physicians didn't lead to less-costly care. “Physicians say they order unnecessary tests strictly out of fear of being sued,” says Dr. Daniel Waxman, ”but our results suggest the story is more complicated.” Read more »

CH-47 Chinook helicopters land outside of the village of Abd al Hasan, Iraq

CH-47 Chinook helicopters land outside of the village of Abd al Hasan, Iraq. Photo by Staff Sgt. Dallas Edwards/U.S. Air Force

Seven Lessons from 13 Years of War

Since WWII, there's been a shift away from conventional land warfare against state actors to irregular warfare against nonstate actors. RAND researchers look back at U.S. war since 2001, developing and applying seven lessons to the future operating environment that can help shape tomorrow's national security strategy. Read more »

A masked man in a video released by ISIS militants, pictured in a still frame from video obtained by Reuters, October 7, 2014

A masked man in a video released by ISIS militants, pictured in a still frame from video obtained by Reuters, October 7, 2014. FBI/Handout via Reuters

ISIS Has Options, Too

In debates about how the U.S. might combat ISIS, Americans often forget the adversary is also weighing its options, writes Brian Michael Jenkins. For instance, ISIS could respond to coalition airstrikes by embedding among civilians. The group might also attempt to infiltrate Baghdad and attack from within. Read more »

A Syrian refugee and her baby at a clinic in Ramtha, Jordan

A Syrian refugee and her baby at a clinic in Ramtha, Jordan. Photo by Russell Watkins/Department for International Development CC by 2.0

Women's Health and the Refugee Crisis

The conflict in Syria has fueled the largest refugee crisis in 20 years, writes Mahlet Atakilt Woldetsadik. A single camp in Jordan hosts nearly 80,000 Syrian refugees. Struggling with desperate conditions overall, aid officials there are seeking to address the sexual and reproductive health of refugee women and girls. Read more »

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Events

Self-Driving Vehicles

Oct 28, 2014

The U.S.-Japan Alliance Conference Series

Nov 6, 2014

Politics Aside 2014

Nov 13-14, 2014

RAND in the News

Where Is North Korea's Kim Jong Un? World Waits for Appearance

NBC News

40,000 Suicides Annually, Yet America Simply Shrugs

USA Today

Kobani's Fall Would Be Symbolic Setback for Obama Syria Strategy

Reuters

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