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APR 27, 2017

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How to Prepare North Korean Elites for Unification

North Korean propaganda suggests that unification led by the South would be a disaster for Northern elites. Unless the elites are convinced otherwise, peaceful unification may be impossible. What could South Korea do to help them feel more positive about, or at least less resistant to, unification? A new RAND report outlines specific recommendations. Read more »

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What Predicts Where Someone Eats?

Who a person is may matter more than where they shop in predicting their consumption of unhealthy food. That's according to a new RAND study. This suggests that focusing on opening more stores that sell healthy items will have little impact on reducing junk food consumption. Read more »

Afghan Special Forces prepare for battle with the Taliban on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan, October 10, 2016

Afghan Special Forces prepare for battle with the Taliban on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan, October 10, 2016. Photo by Abdul Mailk/Reuters

Afghanistan's Terrorist Resurgence

When the United States dropped the “mother of all bombs” on an ISIS tunnel network in eastern Afghanistan this month, the war-torn country was thrust back into the public's attention. What are America's objectives in Afghanistan? How can it accomplish them? Testimony by RAND's Seth Jones before a congressional subcommittee today explored these questions and more. Read more »

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Dalia Dassa Kaye speaks at an event at RAND's headquarters campus in Santa Monica, California, September 19, 2016. Photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND Corporation

What to Expect in the Middle East: Q&A with Dalia Dassa Kaye

Terrorism may dominate headlines about the Middle East. But according to RAND's Dalia Dassa Kaye, day-to-day worries such as education and health care are what will shape the region's future. Another crucial dynamic is whether Iran and Saudi Arabia can continue making power plays while responding to these domestic demands. Read more »

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Preventing Veteran Suicide

The biggest challenge facing the Department of Veterans Affairs is preventing suicide among those not enrolled in VA care. That's according to RAND's Rajeev Ramchand, who testified before a congressional subcommittee this morning. Thus, community-based prevention is key. Read more »

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (left) meet with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem in Moscow, June 29, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (left) meet with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem in Moscow, June 29, 2015. Photo by Alexei Nikolsky/Reuters

Russia Needs the West in Syria

Russia is denying strong evidence that the Assad regime attacked Syrian civilians with sarin nerve gas. This bluster isn't doing Moscow any favors, say RAND experts. Defending the regime only makes it harder for Russia to get the Western help it needs to secure its long-term interests in Syria. Read more »

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