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FEB 23, 2017

China's President Xi Jinping watches a gift handover ceremony at the UN European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, January 18, 2017, photo by Denis Balibouse/Reuters

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A Big Opportunity for China and America

A pivotal moment could be nearing for China's global role and its relationship with the United States, says RAND's Michael Mazarr. And America may be able to seize a historic opportunity to test Beijing's willingness to act as the co-sponsor of a stable world order. Read more »

Estonian soldiers in a military parade celebrate Estonia's Independence Day near the Russian border in Narva, February 24, 2015

Estonian soldiers in a military parade celebrate Estonia's Independence Day near the Russian border in Narva, February 24, 2015. Photo by Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Russian Hybrid Warfare in the Baltics?

Could Russia engage in hybrid warfare against the Baltic states? According to a new RAND report, Russia would likely have trouble using nonviolent tactics to destabilize the Baltics. Covert violent action is also unlikely to succeed on its own. Thus, the Baltics' main vulnerability is Russia's local superiority in conventional forces. Read more »

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School Choice: How Parents Can Find Out What They Need to Know

New Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has argued for expanding school choice. In a choice-based system, it's even more important for parents to have information on school performance, say RAND experts. And schools and districts should do more to help parents make informed decisions. Read more »

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Justice and the Internet of Things

Smart devices are compiling a mass of information that's making its way into the court system. For example, Amazon's personal assistant Alexa may be a witness in a murder investigation. Are lawyers and judges equipped to understand this evidence, challenge it, or rule on its admissibility? Read more »

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Can Doctors Eradicate Intolerance?

Measuring intolerance isn't part of a physician's assessment of patient health. That needs to change, argues RAND's Robert Brook. “Hate is both deadly and contagious,” he says. “Now is the time to engage the medical profession in eradicating it.” Read more »

Taiwanese soldiers salute from tanks during a military exercise in Hsinchu, Taiwan, July 4, 2015

Taiwanese soldiers salute from tanks during a military exercise in Hsinchu, Taiwan, July 4, 2015. Photo by Patrick Lin/Reuters

A Close Look at Taiwan's Reserve Force

Taiwan is facing a growing political-military challenge from China. With this in mind, its reserve force may need to play a bigger role in Taipei's strategic relationship with Beijing. That's according to a new RAND report that outlines how Taiwan can enhance the role of the reserves in deterring and, if necessary, defending against a Chinese invasion. Read more »

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