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DEC 8, 2016

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Too Many Calories on the Kids' Menu

Most kids' menu items at America's top chains exceed recommended calorie counts, according to a new RAND study. Why is this so important? One in three children and 41 percent of teens eat at fast-food restaurants on any given day. And these oversized portions put them at risk of obesity. Read more »

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and UAE's deputy commander-in-chief of the armed forces, meets Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, December 14, 2015

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, meets Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, December 14, 2015. Photo by Fred Dufour/Reuters/Pool

China: Wary Dragon in the Middle East

What's driving China's growing involvement in the Middle East? Rising dependence on the region's resources and a desire to expand Chinese influence, according to a new RAND study. Even so, Beijing is wary about its security role. It fears becoming embroiled in regional tensions. Read more »

Russian President Vladimir Putin gives his annual state of the nation address at the Kremlin in Moscow, December 1, 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin gives his annual state of the nation address at the Kremlin in Moscow, December 1, 2016. Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

U.S.-Russia Relations in the Trump Era

President-elect Donald Trump's interest in improving relations with Russia is fraught with risk—unless his diplomacy is up to the task. That's according to RAND's Hans Binnendijk and William Courtney. But if executed properly, Trump's efforts could help reverse a destabilizing downward spiral and create a vision of normal relations. Read more »

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How to Invest Wisely in the Smart Grid

President-elect Donald Trump's infrastructure plan includes a multibillion-dollar smart grid investment. How can America get the most bang for its buck? Engaging the public and examining smart grid technology and policy are key, say RAND's Aimee Curtright and Kathleen Loa. Read more »

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Where Is Hong Kong Headed?

In 2014, pro-democracy protests gripped Hong Kong for 79 days. The demonstrations and continued disaffection there have raised questions. What effects did the protests have? And how has the territory's relationship with China evolved? A new RAND paper explores what might be in store for the future. Read more »

President Barack Obama meets with the National Security Council in the White House Situation Room, September 10, 2014

President Barack Obama meets with the National Security Council in the White House Situation Room, September 10, 2014. Photo by Pete Souza/White House

New President, New Security Council

If precedent holds, President-elect Donald Trump's first policy directive will define his National Security Council. This will set the tone for how security decisions are made. As the NSC evolves, what questions should the new administration consider? Read more »

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