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NOV 20, 2014

Militant Islamist fighters parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province

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When Jihadis Come Marching Home

More than 100 Americans have reportedly gone or attempted to go to Syria to join various groups, including ISIS. This adds a new dimension to homeland security, writes Brian Michael Jenkins. But with authorities well aware, the threat is manageable. Some defectors will die in clashes overseas, and most who return home will be promptly arrested. Read more »

Richard Danzig, Adm. Michael S. Rogers, and Michael E. Leiter at Politics Aside 2014

Richard Danzig, Adm. Michael S. Rogers, and Michael E. Leiter at Politics Aside 2014. Photo by Alex Cohen/RAND Corporation

A Candid Talk with NSA Director Rogers

This week, Senate Republicans blocked a bill to reform the National Security Agency's bulk phone records program. Last week, NSA Director Admiral Michael Rogers joined RAND's Politics Aside to discuss public reaction to the program and the need to engage in national and international conversations about privacy and security in the digital age. Read more »

Father and son using an electronic tablet on bunk beds

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Technology Can Improve Family Engagement in Young Kids' Education

Family engagement in early childhood education is important. But busy schedules, communication issues, and other challenges can get in the way. According to a new RAND report, technology can help. For instance, educators can update parents via social media or text. Similarly, kids can record experiences in real time to share later. Read more »

U.S. President Barack Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye at a joint news conference in Seoul, April 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye at a joint news conference in Seoul, April 2014. Photo by Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

North Korea's WMD: A Severe Threat

Responding to a UN move to probe its alleged human rights crimes, North Korea threatened its first nuclear test in nearly two years. Bruce Bennett warns that the failure to block the North's vast WMD arsenal has saddled the U.S. and South Korea with serious military obligations, should Pyongyang turn aggressive or suffer government collapse. Read more »

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Military Turns to Collaborative Care to Treat PTSD, Depression

Infusing primary care with mental health care has been an important part of Army efforts to help those struggling with PTSD and depression, writes Charles Engel. This collaborative care has helped thousands of military members in ways that nudge the larger U.S. mental health system toward greater effectiveness for all. Read more »

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei waves to a crowd in Qom, October 2010

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei waves to a crowd in Qom, October 2010. Photo supplied by Khamenei.ir to Reuters

Ignore Alarm Over Obama's Iran Letter

The alleged letter from President Obama to Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei upset critics in Washington, Tel Aviv, and Riyadh. But according to Alireza Nader, it was no cause for alarm. The nuclear talks “are not the result of a newfound friendship,” he says, and Washington has plenty of leverage to negotiate a good deal. Read more »

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