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  • Natalie W. Crawford

    Issue 89 of the Alumni Bulletin: April 2022

    In the latest issue of the Alumni Bulletin: Celebrating the leadership of Michael Rich; AIF project selected; VA secretary previews results from nationwide study of veterans' health care; Russia's War in Ukraine; Krishna Kumar Named vice president, International; and more.

Alumni Association News

  • Sara Moss, Michael Rich, and Mike Gould at a RAND event in Washington, D.C., March 23, 2022, photo by Jason Dixson Photography

    Celebrating the Leadership of Michael Rich

    Apr 18, 2022

    After more than a decade as RAND’s president and CEO, and more than 45 years with the organization, Michael Rich is stepping down this year. To honor his many achievements, RAND hosted an event on March 23 in Washington, D.C.

  • A woman with a smartphone is seen in front of social media logos, May 25, 2021, photo by Dado Ruvic/Reuters

    Alumni Impact Fund Project Selected

    Apr 18, 2022

    AIF supporters selected “Countering Online Extremist Activity” as the project to receive the AIF donations raised in 2021. Heather Williams and Alexandra Evans will use the funds to help inform the design and execution of programs to counter, disrupt, or contain extremist activity online.

  • Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans’ Hospital, photo by South Texas VA Health Care System

    VA Secretary Previews Results from Nationwide Study of Veterans' Health Care

    Apr 18, 2022

    In a March 10 webinar, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis R. McDonough shared findings and recommendations from a nationwide study by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to inform investments in VA health care, including upgrades to ensure that veterans receive the highest possible quality of care at VA facilities.

  • Krishna Kumar at a RAND event on workforce development, September 2016

    Krishna Kumar Named Vice President, International

    Apr 18, 2022

    Krishna Kumar, a senior economist who joined RAND in 2005, has been named vice president, International. In his new role, he'll oversee RAND's non-U.S. business strategy, business development, and outreach to achieve policy impact and raise RAND's profile.

The Latest from the RAND Blog

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin watches a military parade on Victory Day in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2022, photo by Mikhail Metzel/Pool via

    Should Ukraine Settle with Russia?

    Jun 22, 2022

    Should the United States humiliate Russia—and Russian President Vladimir Putin specifically—over the Russo-Ukrainian War? It could lead to escalation and new wars, but the United States and NATO may need to think twice before offering concessions.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in the opening ceremony of new healthcare facilities in several regions of Russia, via video link in Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 18, 2022, photo by Mikhail Metzel/Sputnik/Reuters

    Has the War in Ukraine Damaged Russia's Gray Zone Capabilities?

    Jun 22, 2022

    Russia's actions are to blame for the damage done to its gray zone capabilities, but it's the West's choice to see whether this respite represents a short-term aberration or presents opportunities for some long-term fixes.

  • U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink and Ukraine's Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova visit Borodianka, in the Kyiv Region, Ukraine, June 4, 2022, photo by Edgar Su/Reuters

    Do Americans Know Who Their Diplomats Are? Or What They Do?

    Jun 20, 2022

    Americans have a limited understanding of how diplomats are selected and how diplomacy interacts with other elements of the U.S. national security establishment. Efforts to better inform and engage the American public about the work of diplomacy and who American diplomats are would lead to a greater understanding of the job and its people.

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