A panel of experts — Ambassador John Tefft, Keith Crane, Olga Oliker, and David Ochmanek — provided insights on the evolving political, economic, and strategic situation in Russia and Ukraine and how it affects U.S. and European interests.
In a conversation at RAND on March 25, 2014, Karen Elliott House, chair of the RAND Board of Trustees, discussed her career as a journalist, author, professor, and her experiences working in Saudi Arabia and what she sees ahead for the region.
Institute director Obaid Younossi reviewed the Institute's impact on education, health, technology, and organizational reform in Qatar and neighboring countries, its hand in developing a research culture and a cadre of policy leaders trained in objective analysis, and its evolving role as Qatar's political environment and socio-economic priorities continue to change.
The unique, ongoing career of Harold Brown, RAND trustee emeritus, spans science, academia, government, and the corporate sector. Brown shared stories from his book, Star Spangled Security, as well as his views on current and future challenges facing the United States and the world.
After two decades as RAND's executive vice president, during which he helped grow RAND to be the world's leading nonprofit and nonpartisan research organization, Michael Rich assumed the top spot in November 2011. He shared his thoughts with RAND alumni in Santa Monica
Dr. Kenneth E. Phillips discussed the process of acquiring the spacecraft Endeavour while giving an overview of Endeavour's particular contributions to the nation's space program. He also explained how the California Science Center uses Endeavour as a tool for inspiring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
The RAND Alumni Association board and current president Natalie Crawford are pleased so many alumni were able to join us on December 1 for a morning of engagement, connection, and good times with friends old and new.