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APR 28, 2016

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Managing the Urban Refugee Crisis

Stakeholders need to rethink the coordination of the Syrian refugee response in urban areas in Jordan and Lebanon. That's according to a new RAND report. Current models for the response have gone a long way in meeting some needs but are not sustainable. This poses tremendous risks, including the potential that five million refugees won't be able to meet their basic needs. Read more »

Russian paratroopers wait to board a helicopter during a military exercise Stavropol, Russia, October 27, 2015

Russian paratroopers wait to board a helicopter during a military exercise outside Stavropol, Russia, October 27, 2015. Photo by Eduard Korniyenko/Reuters

How Russia Defeats NATO in the Baltics

What if Russia conducted a sudden attack against the Baltic states? RAND wargaming and analysis show that Moscow's forces could roll to the outskirts of the Estonian and Latvian capitals in 36 to 60 hours. In such a scenario, the U.S. and its allies would be outranged, outgunned, and outnumbered. Read more »

Saudi Defense Minister Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (center) poses with chiefs of staff of the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism in Riyadh, March 27, 2016

Saudi Defense Minister Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (center) poses with chiefs of staff of the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism in Riyadh, March 27, 2016. Photo by Faisal Al Nasser/Reuters

A Saudi-Led Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism Could Benefit U.S. Interests

A military alliance of Muslim-majority nations to fight terrorism poses no danger to U.S. interests, says RAND's Brian Michael Jenkins. In fact, he says, the Saudi-led initiative could be helpful in several ways beyond current levels of cooperation. Read more »

Members of the Tunisian parliament wave flags after approving the country's new constitution in Tunis, January 26, 2014

Members of the Tunisian parliament wave flags after approving the country's new constitution in Tunis, January 26, 2014. Photo by Zoubeir Souissi/Reuters

Tunisia's Fragile Success

In a turbulent region, Tunisia's fledgling democratic process has endured. Tunisia hasn't unraveled into civil war like Syria or Libya, nor has it returned to autocracy, like Egypt. But Tunisia is fragile, says RAND's Shelly Culbertson. It should remain a priority for Western support for the sake of the Middle East's long-term stability. Read more »

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Assessing Quality of Life in Cancer Care

Quality-of-life measures and tools are not widely used in the treatment and care of cancer patients. That's according to a new study by RAND Europe. Wider uptake of quality-of-life assessments could improve clinical decisionmaking, but many obstacles remain, including a lack of clinician awareness of the measures and tools, and insufficient time to administer them. Read more »

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Socioeconomic Strategy in Israel

Israel hasn't developed strategic responses to socioeconomic problems that demand longer-term policy action. A new RAND report outlines how Tel Aviv can apply a strategic perspective to these issues and develop a formal socioeconomic strategy. Read more »

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