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OCT 30, 2014

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Informal Caregiving for U.S. Elderly Costs $522 Billion Per Year

The annual cost of elder care by friends and relatives in the U.S. is more than half a trillion dollars, according to a new RAND study. Replacing that with skilled nursing care would cost $642 billion. These numbers “help put the enormity of this largely silent and unseen workforce into perspective,” says lead author Amalavoyal V. Chari. Read more »

U.S. President Barack Obama speaking at the Justice Department in Washington, January 17, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama speaking at the Justice Department in Washington, January 17, 2014. Photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Is Obama a Modern Fabius Maximus?

Instead of marching on Hannibal's army (and famed war elephants), Roman general Fabius Maximus avoided major battles, harassing his foe around the edges, gradually wearing Hannibal down, and degrading his capabilities. Brian Michael Jenkins asks, Is Obama's skeptical approach to entering conflicts Fabian? Read more »

Supporters of the Pakistan Muslim League (N) party cheer at a campaign rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, May 2013

Supporters of the Pakistan Muslim League (N) party cheer at a campaign rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, May 2013. Photo by AP Photo/Anjum Naveed

What to Expect from a More Urban Pakistan

A majority of Pakistan is projected to live in cities within 30 years. According to a new RAND report, this may fuel anti-American sentiment in the short term. But urbanization is also likely to spur demand for political reform. This could eventually produce a government that's more responsive to its citizens and a better security partner to the U.S. Read more »

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells the UN General Assembly that a nuclear-armed Iran would pose a greater global threat than ISIS, September 29, 2014

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells the UN General Assembly that a nuclear-armed Iran would pose a greater global threat than ISIS, September 29, 2014. Photo by Mike Segar/Reuters

ISIS Won't Lead to a Better Deal for Iran

The prevailing wisdom is that an Iranian nuclear deal by the Nov. 24 deadline is unlikely. Some Israelis nonetheless fear that U.S. efforts against ISIS are distracting from the nuclear challenge. But Iran doesn't need to be coaxed into fighting ISIS, says Dalia Dassa Kaye, so additional nuclear concessions from the U.S. are unlikely. Read more »

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Mental Health Confidentiality in the Military: A Crumbling Bunker

You're at work. Your boss says he's spoken with your psychiatrist, and they've both decided to let you go. In the U.S. military, scenarios like this are routine. According to Charles Engel, there's been an “institutionalized military failure to place adequate boundaries between the workplace and the therapist's office.” Read more »

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'Tis the Season for Bedtime Challenges

Late-night candy and Halloween nightmares can disrupt kids' sleep schedules. The same goes for “falling back” for Daylight Saving Time. But RAND's Wendy Troxel has advice for parents. One tip: Keep the dark chocolate for yourself. Read more »

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