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    A Peacekeeping Operation in Ukraine, Synthetic Opioids, Geoengineering: RAND Weekly Recap

    Apr 29, 2022

    This weekly recap focuses on why it may be time to consider a peacekeeping operation in northern Ukraine, supporting veterans with traumatic brain injury, a new response to synthetic opioids, and more.

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    Response Options to Cyberattacks on U.S. Government Networks

    Apr 29, 2022

    The United States has proved vulnerable to cyber incidents, and a lack of response has emboldened Russia and China to expand their cyber espionage activities. Have U.S. responses changed over time or affected adversary behavior? What lessons do these cases offer for future policymaking?

  • Flight test of a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile at San Nicolas Island, California, August 18, 2019, photo by Scott Howe/U.S. Department of Defense

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    Challenges of Deploying Ground-Based Intermediate-Range Missiles on Allied Lands

    Apr 28, 2022

    The United States has been hoping to develop and deploy ground-based intermediate-range missiles to the Indo-Pacific. But what is the likelihood of its treaty allies in the region—Australia, Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, and Thailand—hosting these systems? Are there alternatives to permanent basing?

  • Ukrainian service members walk on the front line near Kyiv as Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues, Ukraine, March 30, 2022, photo by Gleb Garanich/Reuters

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    Time for a U.N. Peace Enforcement Operation in Northern Ukraine?

    Apr 27, 2022

    Now that the Russian military in Ukraine has retreated north, a de facto cease-fire is in place in Kyiv and central Ukraine. This could present an opportunity for the United Nations to call for a formal cease-fire in reclaimed territory and issue a recommendation to willing states to move into Ukraine with a peacekeeping force.

  • Ukrainian national flags fly over graves of fallen soldiers at a cemetery in Kharkiv, Ukraine, March 24, 2022, photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters

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    Geostrategic Consequences of Russia's War Against Ukraine

    Apr 26, 2022

    After two months of fighting in Ukraine, some longer-term geostrategic consequences are coming into focus. Russia may emerge as a massive loser. Perhaps not since the collapse of the USSR has European security been so challenged. But Ukraine and its Western partners are showing that aggression in Europe may not pay.

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    • National Guardmen on U.S. Capitol security detail in Washington, DC, January 11, 2021, photo by Master Sgt. Matt Hecht/U.S. Air National Guard

      Considering National Security Policy in the 117th Congress

      Feb 17, 2021

      What are the biggest national security and international affairs policy issues facing the 117th Congress? RAND experts offer up insight on a variety of topics, including China, Russia, military personnel, space policy, and more.

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      How Could the United States Work with Australia and New Zealand to Counter Chinese Influence?

      Jan 28, 2021

      There is growing concern in Australia and New Zealand about China's rising power and influence, and China is now openly criticized as a belligerent nation with assertive policies contrary to Australia's interests.

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      Competing with China in the Indo-Pacific

      Dec 10, 2020

      In long-term strategic competition with China, how effectively the United States works with allies and partners is critical to U.S. success. To enable closer cooperation, the United States needs to understand how those countries respond to this contest.

    • The USS Carney, a missile-guided destroyer, approaches the Bosphorus Strait on its journey to transit out of the Black Sea, photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Weston Jones/U.S. Navy

      Russia, NATO, and Black Sea Security

      Nov 24, 2020

      The Black Sea region is a central locus of competition between Russia and the West for the future of Europe. Russia has long used political, military, economic, informational, and clandestine tools against countries in the area. How could the West respond?

    • Patricia Marshall, Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center chief of strategy, shares information about the Defense Innovation Dashboard project with Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett, Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass at the AFWERX Austin hub, Aug. 20, 2020. During the visit, the AFWERX team showcased various initiatives aimed toward modernizing the Air Force including the AFVentures Fellowship, Agility Prime program, AFWERX internships, Spark Colliders and RAPIDx, photo by Staff Sgt. Jordyn Fetter/Air National Guard

      Maintaining a Demographically Diverse Air Force Civilian Workforce

      Oct 29, 2020

      Minority groups, particularly women, tend to enter the Air Force civil service at lower grades than white men. That is one of the findings from a RAND report that documents the results of a study designed to better understand the challenges of Air Force civilian women, racial/ethnic minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

    • What Role Should Allies and Partners Play in U.S. Military Strategy and Operations?

      Oct 21, 2020

      How has the relationship between the United States and Europe advanced U.S. and global security over the past 70 years? RAND's Christine Wormuth explains why NATO is still relevant today and why this relationship is critical to U.S. security now and in the future.

    • Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a video conference call with officials and public representatives of the region of Dagestan amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia May 18, 2020, photo by Alexei Nikolsky/Reuters

      How Russia Targets U.S. Elections

      Oct 16, 2020

      Throughout the remaining U.S. political campaign season of 2020, Russia might try again to manipulate and divide U.S. voters through social media. What are some ways to analyze, forecast, and mitigate threats by foreign actors targeting local, state, and national elections?

    • A throng of shoppers in Myungdong, downtown Seoul, South Korea, July 17, 2011, photo by United Nations/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

      The North Korean Conventional Artillery Threat

      Sep 29, 2020

      North Korea maintains nearly 6,000 artillery systems within range of major South Korean population centers, which it could use to kill many thousands in just an hour. RAND researchers assessed the magnitude of this threat across five scenarios.

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