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JUNE 23, 2016

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Economic Strategy in a Turbulent World

The United States stands to gain more from strengthening global institutions and engaging with the world's growing economic powers than from pulling back. That's according to the latest installment in RAND's Strategic Rethink series. Failure to assert leadership will open the door to greater uncertainty for the U.S. and global economies. Read more »

Brianna Macias votes during the U.S. presidential primary election at Assumption Church in Los Angeles, California, June 7, 2016

Brianna Macias votes during the U.S. presidential primary election at Assumption Church in Los Angeles, California, June 7, 2016. Photo by Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

An Ideologically Similar America?

American political debates are becoming more and more polarized. But a recent RAND survey that maps the country's ideological terrain shows that Americans are more similar than different. Most respondents answered similarly on most questions of political belief. Read more »

A drilling rig at the Lukoil company owned Imilorskoye oil field, outside the West Siberian city of Kogalym, Russia, January 25, 2016. Picture taken January 25, 2016

A drilling rig at the Imilorskoye oil field, outside the West Siberian city of Kogalym, Russia, January 25, 2016. Photo by Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Russia's Economic Prospects

Without major policy changes, Russia's economy will sputter through 2025, even if oil prices bounce back. That's according to a new RAND report. But there is much that the Russian government could do internally to speed up growth. Read more »

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry meet with veterans and Gold Star Mothers about the Iran deal at the White House in Washington, DC, September 10, 2015

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry meet with veterans and Gold Star Mothers about the Iran deal at the White House in Washington, DC, September 10, 2015

How Obama Should Handle Iran

It's hard to see how the Middle East can be stabilized without engaging and coming to some understanding with Iran, say Zalmay Khalilzad and RAND's James Dobbins. Before President Obama leaves office, he should take steps to enhance U.S.-Iranian communications. Read more »

An Afghan National Army soldier guards a check post in Logar province, Afghanistan, February 16, 2016

An Afghan National Army soldier guards a check post in Logar province, Afghanistan, February 16, 2016. Photo by Omar Sobhani/Reuters

What to Expect in Afghanistan

The death of Taliban leader Akhtar Mohammad Mansour is unlikely to transform the conflict in Afghanistan or improve the prospects for a deal between Kabul and the Taliban, says RAND's Seth Jones. And in the coming months, the U.S. presence in the country will be as important as ever. Read more »

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STEM and Early Childhood Education

Early development of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills seems to support learning later in life, in STEM and other areas such as reading. But according to RAND's Rafiq Dossani, an effective teaching system must emerge before STEM can be fully integrated into early childhood education. Read more »

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