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July 23, 2015

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The RAND Strategic Rethink Project

What are America's international ambitions? What level of international engagement are Americans prepared to support? How might the next president exercise leadership in a tumultuous world, and to what end? Is there a coherent national strategy for diplomacy and defense that aligns interests with the means to achieve them?

The RAND Strategic Rethink project explores these important questions. The project's first installment, anchored by Ambassador James Dobbins, argues that the U.S. faces no existential threat, but it does confront a wide and diverse array of challenges. Read more »

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, seated, greets Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Vienna, Austria, July 14, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, seated, greets Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Vienna, Austria, July 14, 2015. Photo by U.S. State Department/Handout via Reuters

Iran: It's This Deal or No Deal at All

At this point, the U.S. must accept the nuclear agreement between the P5+1 countries and Iran or abandon the prospect of any deal at all. That's according to RAND's William Courtney and Alireza Nader. They argue that U.S. rejection of the accord would send the wrong message to Iran and to America's allies, and would not serve U.S. regional interests. Read more »

Syrian refugee students in a UNICEF school at the Al Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan, March 11, 2015

Syrian refugee students in a UNICEF school at the Al Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan, March 11, 2015. Photo by Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

Help Syria Avoid a 'Lost Generation'

Only half of school-age Syrian children are in school. Many have been away from the classroom for several years. This causes untold damage to their development and, according to RAND experts, threatens the health of their societies. The international community must not overlook the plight of these young refugees. Read more »

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America's Roads: Pay as You Go?

The U.S. has many ways to pay for roads, says RAND's Liisa Ecola, including the traditional gas tax. Research indicates that charging per mile may be a promising alternative. This sustainable revenue source could reduce traffic congestion, emissions, and road wear. But the sticking point is how the government would put such a system in place. Read more »

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in Kubinka, Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in Kubinka, Russia, June 16, 2015. Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

A New, Dangerous Age of Nuclear Rivalry

President Vladimir Putin recently issued nuclear threats while promising to bolster Russia's nuclear forces. According to RAND's Michael Mazarr, this bluster may be more omen than Cold War throwback. To preserve recent progress against the dangers of nuclear weapons, the U.S. should design and lead a new campaign. Read more »

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Sleeping in a City Doesn't Have to Be a Nightmare

Many American city dwellers face sleepless nights. Days of fatigue can follow, as well as the risk of more serious health consequences. How can urbanites boost their chances of falling and staying asleep? RAND's Wendy Troxel has a few tips on how to get a better night's rest. Read more »

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