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FEB 26, 2015

Government health workers administering blood tests for the Ebola virus in Kenema, Sierra Leone, June 2014

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Where's the Next Ebola Hot Zone?

In the ongoing outbreak, three West African nations have become havens for Ebola. Four others in the region, despite a small number of cases, have not. Why? A new RAND report examines factors that may make countries more vulnerable to future outbreaks and provides guidance for preparing for similar health threats. Read more »

President Obama at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism, February 19, 2015

President Obama at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism, February 19, 2015. Photo by Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Tackling Radicalization Before It Begins

Last week's White House summit took aim at the drivers of violent extremism. This is a worthy goal, says RAND's R. Kim Cragin, but it's time for a new approach: focusing on strengthening the factors that inhibit violent extremism. This would shift attention away from belief and toward behavior. Read more »

An MQ-9 Reaper near Joint Base Balad, Iraq

An MQ-9 Reaper near Joint Base Balad, Iraq. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Richard Lisum/U.S. Air Force

Myth: It's Counterproductive to Develop International Norms for Drones

Would setting norms for the use of armed drones create legitimacy where none should exist? Would norms limit the U.S. but not others? In the second in a series of blog posts dispelling such misconceptions, RAND experts explain that replacing potentially risky precedents with norms could decrease misuse of drones. Read more »

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The Threat of Drug-Resistant Superbugs

News of a deadly superbug in California has piqued American attention. But antimicrobial resistance is a global challenge. According to RAND research, superbugs could make the world in 2050 a different place: Failing to address the threat would result in a challenge for health care systems and a major global economic burden. Read more »

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and former secretaries Tom Ridge (L) and Michael Chertoff (R) in February 2015

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and former secretaries Tom Ridge (L) and Michael Chertoff (R) in February 2015. Photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Five Areas for DHS Improvement

According to congressional testimony by RAND's Daniel Gerstein this morning, the Department of Homeland Security has come far since its rapid, post-9/11 creation and 2005 response to Hurricane Katrina. However, seizing opportunities to build on this progress could help DHS meet the evolving challenges it faces. Read more »

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California Mental Health Effort Is Showing Positive Early Results

An effort to improve mental health prevention and early intervention in California is showing positive early results for programs targeted at reducing stigma and discrimination, educating the public about suicide prevention, and improving student mental health, according to a new RAND report. Read more »

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