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MAR 26, 2015

Afghanistan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter at Camp David, Maryland, March 23, 2015

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Afghanistan After Ghani's U.S. Visit

In the thick of President Ashraf Ghani's first official trip to Washington this week, the White House announced it would keep 9,800 soldiers in Afghanistan through 2015. This may have a positive effect on Afghan negotiations with the Taliban, but according to RAND's Jason Campbell, the U.S. should scrap the “arbitrary” withdrawal timeline and adopt a strategy based on conditionality. Read more »

President Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, March 23, 2010

President Barack Obama signing the ACA, March 23, 2010. Photo by Pete Souza/White House

Five Years of the Affordable Care Act

Five years ago this week, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, the sweeping reform also known as “Obamacare.” Twists and turns ensued as the health care landscape shifted with the ACA's implementation, often punctuated by RAND research that informed debates along the way. Read more »

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels, February 5, 2015

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels, February 5, 2015. Photo by Francois Lenoir/Reuters

NATO Needs a Strategy for Russia

One year after Crimea, NATO needs a comprehensive strategy for Russia, according to a new RAND report. A “resilience and engagement” approach would build on NATO's post-Cold War values, preparing for the most likely future threats, while keeping Russia engaged as much as possible. Read more »

The Tunisian Balloon Festival in Hammamet, March 22, 2015

The Tunisian Balloon Festival in Hammamet, March 22, 2015. Photo by Zoubeir Souissi/Reuters

Time to Double Down to Help Tunisia

Despite the terrorist attack on a Tunis museum last week, it's important that outsiders not consider Tunisia another failing Arab state on the brink, says RAND's Dalia Dassa Kaye. International support will be critical if the fledgling democracy is to demonstrate an inclusive, tolerant, and prosperous alternative to extremism. Read more »

The financial district of Pudong in downtown Shanghai

The financial district of Pudong in downtown Shanghai. Photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters

When Will China Be Economic Top Dog?

Not long ago, forecasters thought China would be the world's largest economy by 2020. But with its annual growth slowing in recent years, what seems more likely now? RAND's Charles Wolf says the GDP crossover between China and the U.S. may be many decades away. Read more »

ISF armored vehicles near al-Alam, Iraq, March 10, 2015

ISF armored vehicles near al-Alam, Iraq, March 10, 2015. Photo by Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

What Will It Take to Defeat ISIS?

Can the U.S. defeat ISIS without its ground combat forces? Coalition efforts have halted ISIS's advance and degraded its capabilities, forcing the group to hunker down in urban areas. Unlike their U.S. counterparts, says RAND's David E. Johnson, Iraqi forces aren't capable of succeeding in this difficult environment. Read more »

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