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U.S. President Barack Obama reviews an honor guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan, April 24, 2014

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Obama's Historic Hiroshima Visit

Tomorrow President Obama will become the first sitting American president to visit Hiroshima, where the U.S. first used an atomic bomb during World War II. This is the right move, says RAND's Scott Harold. The visit, which caps a busy week in Asia for the president, will strengthen U.S.-Japan ties. It could also trigger a reciprocal visit to Pearl Harbor by a sitting Japanese prime minister. Read more »

A boy takes pictures at Narita International airport in Narita, Japan, March 25, 2016

A boy takes pictures at Narita International airport in Narita, Japan, March 25, 2016. Photo by Yuya Shino/Reuters

Terrorism Shouldn't Affect Travel Plans

Anxiety about travel is understandable, given the attacks in Brussels and Paris and, more recently, possible terrorist involvement in the crash of an EgyptAir plane. But evidence suggests that terrorism need not affect individuals' behavior and travel decisions. Read more »

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un presides over a rally and parade in Pyongyang's main ceremonial square, North Korea, May 10, 2016

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un presides over a rally and parade in Pyongyang's main ceremonial square, North Korea, May 10, 2016. Photo by Damir Sagolj/Reuters

Behind North Korea's 'Peace Treaty' Bid

By insisting on a peace treaty with the United States, North Korea is probably seeking war. That's according to RAND's Bruce Bennett. Its leaders likely hope a treaty would lead to a withdrawal of U.S. forces from South Korea. This would set the stage for an invasion by the North. Read more »

Kerry-Ann Moore, a veterans' advisor, meets with Army Capt. Jessie Felix at a military job fair in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, May 2, 2015

Kerry-Ann Moore, a veterans' advisor, meets with Army Capt. Jessie Felix at a military job fair in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, May 2, 2015. Photo by Tyrone Marshall/U.S. Army

FAQ About Veterans' Transitions to Civilian Life

How widespread is veteran unemployment? Are tax credits for hiring veterans useful and cost-effective? What are veterans' education outcomes? These are just a few questions that RAND research has answered to better understand veterans' transitions to the civilian world. Read more »

A member of the Peshmerga military forces inspects a tunnel used by ISIS militants in the town of Sinjar, Iraq

A member of the Peshmerga military forces inspects a tunnel used by ISIS militants in the town of Sinjar, Iraq. Photo by Ari Jalal/Reuters

ISIS Is Down, but Far from Out

Despite ISIS's recent losses, it's too early for the U.S.-led coalition to celebrate, say RAND experts. Research shows that the median length of an insurgency is 10 years. And the greater the number of foreign nations involved, the more likely it will continue. That means the fight against ISIS may be in its infancy. Read more »

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Obesity Prevention Program Leads to Long-Term BMI Reduction

A five-week obesity prevention program for seventh graders in Southern California helped obese students lose weight over a long-term period. That's according to a new RAND study. After two years, obese students of average height experienced an average reduction in body mass index (BMI) that translated into about 9 pounds less in bodyweight. Read more »

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