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The European Union (EU) is an economic and political union of 28 independent Member States. RAND frequently conducts research for EU institutions and agencies and has also explored such topics as the EU's role in nation building and the implications of EU expansion on the global security environment.

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  • Announcement

    President of the European Research Council Opens RAND Europe’s Workshop

    To support a study of international research collaboration addressing the European Union’s 'Grand Challenges', RAND Europe is running an expert workshop in Brussels, which will help shape policy recommendations to the European Commission.

    Apr 3, 2014

  • Report

    RAND Review Examines Water Management, Military Caregivers, Joint Aircraft, Income Inequality

    Stories in RAND's flagship magazine discuss the implications of climate change for the Colorado River Basin and the Sierra Nevada, the burdens borne by military caregivers, the drawbacks of joint aircraft programs, and growing inequalities across the European Union.

    Apr 1, 2014

  • Periodical

    Own Goal: Growing Inequalities Across Europe Undermine Intent of Union

    Income inequality — exacerbated by an age gap, a skills gap, and other trends in technology and society — will pose the single greatest societal challenge for the European Union in the coming decades.

    Apr 1, 2014

  • Blog

    No Easy Answers for Ukraine

    What Russia seeks from its adventure is status, importance and free reign in its neighborhood, for a start. If sanctions and other responses are short-lived, Moscow will feel victorious, and possibly emboldened to future aggression.

    Mar 26, 2014

  • Content

    Mapping Smart Cities in the EU

    A RAND Europe analysis of the EU's Smart Cities initiatives found that Smart Cities objectives should be more explicit, well defined and clearly aligned to city development, innovation plans and Europe 2020 to be successful.

    Mar 25, 2014

  • News Release

    Libya Needs More International Support

    The international community's limited approach to post-conflict stabilization of Libya has left the nation struggling and on the brink of civil war.

    Mar 17, 2014

  • Report

    Libya Needs More International Support

    The international community's limited approach to post-conflict stabilization of Libya has left the nation struggling and on the brink of civil war. The essential tasks of establishing security, building political and administrative institutions, and restarting the economy were left almost entirely up to Libya's new leaders. No international forces were deployed to keep the peace, in contrast with NATO interventions in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan.

    Mar 17, 2014

  • Blog

    Building a Resilient Europe to Face Future Societal Changes to 2030

    Future “societal” trends, ranging from the future of the labor market to the evolving relationship between citizens and the state, are shrouded in uncertainty, which makes it difficult to develop robust, sensible predictions. A RAND Europe report analyzes global societal trends to 2030 and their impact on the EU.

    Mar 10, 2014

  • Blog

    Why Transatlantic Ties Are So Complicated

    While U.S. diplomat Victoria Nuland’s words about how the European Union is handling the Ukraine crisis were less than diplomatic, they reflected the deepening reality that Europe does not always do exactly what the United States wants it to.

    Feb 28, 2014

  • Journal Article

    Public Perception of Security and Privacy: Assessing Knowledge, Collecting Evidence, Translating Research Into Action

    PACT is a three year project that aims to understand more fully the public perception of security, privacy, and surveillance across the 27 European Member States (EU27).

    Feb 1, 2014

  • Blog

    EU-Ukraine Alliance Will Benefit Russia, Too

    The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement would benefit both Ukraine and Russia in many ways, especially in greater trade, social, and cultural exchanges. Ukraine's closer association with the EU would actually increase Russian trade with Ukraine as long as Russia does not impose artificial restrictions.

    Jan 29, 2014

  • Report

    Spotlight on 2013: Building trust in policymaking

    Spotlight on 2013 is RAND Europe's annual review. This year's focus is trust, and we feature RAND Europe projects that support policymakers to gain trust at three levels: from strategic challenges, through robust methods, to effective delivery.

    Jan 28, 2014

  • Journal Article

    Mapping Smart Cities in the EU

    This report was commissioned to provide background information and advice on Smart Cities in the European Union (EU) and to explain how existing mechanisms perform.

    Jan 1, 2014

  • Blog

    Preserving Ukraine's European Choice

    The United States and the EU have a strong stake in keeping open a European option for Ukraine. A reorientation of Ukrainian policy back toward Russia would shift the strategic balance in Europe and have a negative impact on the prospects for democratic change on Europe's eastern periphery.

    Dec 24, 2013

  • Blog

    Ukraine's Murky Future

    While some see Ukraine choosing between European-style democracy and economic, political, and cultural backwardness in Russia's shadow, the fact is that Ukraine faces a difficult and murky path in any direction. The country is in dire financial straits, needing billions in loans to avoid bankruptcy.

    Dec 19, 2013

  • Blog

    A Long-Term View for the EU: The Health of Nations

    By shifting the strategic focus beyond growth and jobs, the successor of the current Europe 2020 Strategy should aim to invest in human capital and avoid sluggish productivity growth achieved at the expense of social inclusion, public health, education and skills, security or freedom.

    Dec 18, 2013

  • News Release

    New Study of Global Societal Trends to 2030 Says That Europe Must Focus on Socio-Economic Health, Not Wealth, of Its ...

    Investing in citizens, preparing for a new growth paradigm, and reinventing government are the tasks that lie ahead for the incoming European Commission and newly elected MEPs in 2014, to ensure Europe is resilient in the face of global societal trends in the next two decades.

    Dec 18, 2013

  • Report

    Examining Global Societal Trends and Their Impact on the EU

    Key challenges facing the EU in the next 15 years include income equality; a globally expanding and aging population; employment and a changing labor force; and evolving patterns and impacts of migration.

    Dec 18, 2013

  • Project

    European Platform for Investing in Children Helps Identify 'Practices that Work' Across Member States

    RAND Europe has been commissioned to create and maintain the online European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC). Reflecting the European Commission’s policy focus on children at risk, the EPIC will collect, evaluate, and disseminate practices that improve outcomes for children. RAND will apply a rigorous evaluation framework for the identification of effective, lasting, and transferable child policy practices in Europe.

    Dec 3, 2013

  • Blog

    The Time Is Ripe for Evidence

    Earlier this year, the European Commission renewed its commitment to promoting child well-being. One of the guidelines was to strengthen the use of evidence-based policy. This is noteworthy because it represents one of the first times that the EC has specifically advocated the use of evidence in policy making.

    Dec 2, 2013

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