The RAND Blog

July 2009

  • Law Enforcement


    The Decline of Racial Profiling

    President Obama called the arrest of Professor Henry Gates a "teachable moment." This is a moment to learn the facts of race and policing these days. Racial profiling has indeed been an ugly reality for many years. But our research finds little evidence that it continues to be a major problem, write Greg Ridgeway and Nelson Lim.

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    Jul 30, 2009

    Greg Ridgeway, Nelson Lim

  • commentary

    Alabama's Challenge: Better Prepared Workforce

    Alabama has made significant economic progress in recent decades, attracting car manufacturers and new industrial development. The state now has an opportunity to build on its considerable assets to address some systemic challenges in education, health care, and workforce development to be competitive in a global economy, writes Melissa Flournoy.

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    Jul 14, 2009

    Montgomery Advertiser

    Melissa Flournoy

  • commentary


    Possible Outcomes of Comparative Effectiveness Research

    Since the government is using taxpayer dollars to fund the comparative effectiveness initiative, it would be appropriate to have an organizing principle to guide the selection of which aspects of medical care to examine, writes Robert Brook.

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    Jul 8, 2009

    The Journal of the American Medical Association

    Robert H. Brook

  • Nuclear Weapons and Warfare


    Russia and the Perils of Personal Diplomacy

    As President Obama takes part in his first U.S.-Russian summit, a good deal of media attention has focused on whether he will be able to establish good personal relations with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev. The preoccupation with personal relations between these two countries has a long tradition. But it has rarely proved successful.

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    Jul 6, 2009

    F. Stephen Larrabee

  • Afghanistan


    Mullah Sprung from Gitmo Jail Now Leads Foe in Afghan Campaign

    As Marine Corps forces roll into southern Afghanistan, they face an enemy familiar to US officials — Mullah Zakir, a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who now leads a reconstituted Taliban, writes Seth G. Jones.

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    Jul 5, 2009

    New York Post

    Seth G. Jones

  • Maritime Piracy


    On Dry Land - The Onshore Drivers of Piracy

    Piracy is a growing international problem, primarily around the Horn of Africa. The international response has been largely military in nature and focused exclusively on the maritime theatre, ignoring key land drivers of piracy, which will resurface once the military actions end, write Peter Chalk and Laurence Smallman.

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    Jul 3, 2009

    Jane's Intelligence Review online

    Peter Chalk, Laurence Smallman