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    China-Pakistan Partnership, Media Literacy, Incarcerated Parents: RAND Weekly Recap

    Sep 24, 2021

    This weekly recap focuses on the China-Pakistan partnership in light of the Taliban's rise to power, media literacy education, parenting from prison, and more.

  • Georgia Army National Guard Soldiers conduct a sunrise run during annual training at Fort Stewart, Georgia, January 11, 2017, photo by Capt. William Carraway/U.S. Army

    Commentary

    Supporting the Mental Health Needs of National Guard and Reserve Members

    Sep 22, 2021

    Over one million U.S. military service members are members of the National Guard or reserves. These troops are being tested like never before, but they do not receive the same physical and mental health care coverage provided to their active-duty counterparts. It may be time to explore policy solutions to ensure that these service members have access to high-quality mental health care.

  • Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas joins the U.S. Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard and other DHS employees in raising a flag that was flown over the 9/11 Memorial in New York City on September 1, 2021, in Washington, D.C., September 14, 2021, photo by Benjamin Applebaum/U.S. Department of Homeland Security

    Commentary

    Charting a Strategic Path Forward for DHS in an Evolved Threat Landscape

    Sep 22, 2021

    Twenty years have passed since 9/11 and the establishment of DHS. During that time, fundamental and profound changes have occurred in the threats and risks confronting the United States. When updating the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review report and the department Strategic Plan, it may make sense to consider a new operational and organizational path forward.

  • Veteran Jane DeGreef put up a display along Wilkshire Circle SW in North Canton, Ohio, to raise awareness of veteran suicide, September 17, 2021, photo by Julie Vennitti Botos/USA Today via Reuters

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    Suicide Prevention for U.S. Veterans: The Need for Data-Driven Solutions

    Sep 22, 2021

    What can be done to prevent veteran suicide in America? Investments in data and science may be the key. Strategies including improving the national mortality data infrastructure and collecting better data on veteran firearm ownership could help save veterans’ lives.

  • Taliban flags are seen on a street in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 16, 2021, photo by West Asia News Agency via Reuters

    Commentary

    China and Pakistan See Eye to Eye on the Taliban—Almost

    Sep 21, 2021

    Beijing and Islamabad share a long history of cooperation and have much in common on Afghanistan. Both are poised to benefit strategically from the Taliban's success. But the Taliban's resurrection almost certainly will add some stress to an otherwise positive and productive bilateral partnership.

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    How Do We Prevent the Next Homegrown Terrorist?

    May 3, 2019

    What is the right terrorism prevention strategy for the federal government? Brian Jackson will discuss the nature of the homeland terrorist threat, past and current terrorism prevention policies, and recommendations for policymakers. [Washington, D.C.]

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    Approaches to Counter Russian Social Media Influence

    Mar 15, 2019

    How can policymakers combat the threat of Russian social media influence? Elizabeth Bodine-Baron will discuss different approaches and policy options to respond to Russian influence via disinformation spread on social media in the United States. [Washington, D.C.]

  • A Russian soldier on top of an army vehicle keeps watch outside a border guard post in the Crimean town of Balaclava, March 1, 2014

    The Russian Way of Warfare

    Jun 15, 2018

    The House of Representatives recently passed an act that states that it is the policy of the United States to sustain a credible deterrent against aggression and long-term strategic competition from Russia. Scott Boston and Dara Massicot will discuss findings from their recent report, including key characteristics of Russian warfare and implications for U.S. policy. [Washington, D.C.]

  • Chinese militaary vehicles carrying DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missiles, potentially capable of sinking a U.S. Nimitz-class aircraft carrier in a single strike, travel past Tiananmen Gate during a military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Beijing Thursday Sept. 3, 2015

    Overcoming the Threats of Our Strategic Competitors

    Mar 27, 2018

    What weapon systems and posture enhancements should Congress and the Defense Department consider to prepare the United States for potential conflicts? In a RAND Congressional Briefing, David Ochmanek will discuss solutions that could help defend against national security challenges. [Washington, D.C.]

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    What Will It Take to Prevent a Security Decline in Mosul?

    Sep 22, 2017

    After defeating ISIS in Mosul, what must be done to stabilize the region and prevent a slide back into violence? Shelly Culbertson and Linda Robinson will brief Congress on targeted actions to address humanitarian and stabilization needs, and implications for U.S. policy.

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RAND periodically sends email alerts to update Congress on highlights of recent work concerning national security.

  • Russia's President Vladimir Putin holds a meeting with the Russian Security Council

    Understanding Russian Grand Strategy

    Aug 31, 2021

    A new RAND report examined and tested elements of Russia's stated grand strategy and then outlined what behaviors would be expected if Russia's behavior reflected that strategy.

  • A U.S. Marine Corps drill instructor prepares to initiate "Lights," the start of her platoon's morning routine, photo by Sgt. Dana Beesley/U.S. Marine Corps

    Countering Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment in the Military

    Aug 26, 2021

    To help prevent sexual assault and harassment in the military, a new RAND report offers specific recommendations for policymakers, focused on enhancing accountability, improving knowledge and skills needed to prevent sexual assault and harassment, and enacting a research agenda for the Defense Department to set the standard for excellence in prevention.

  • People try to get into Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 16, 2021, photo by Stringer/Reuters

    Collapse in Afghanistan: Early Insights from RAND Researchers

    Aug 19, 2021

    The sudden end to America's longest war came Sunday as the Taliban rolled into the capital of Afghanistan and the national government collapsed. Even as the situation remains in flux, RAND experts have shared some of their initial thoughts on topics such as the issues fleeing Afghans may face, how the United States can protect refugees, and the implications of Afghanistan's collapse on terrorism and geopolitics.

  • China outlined in red on a NASA image of Earth, photo by NASA and RomoloTavani/Getty Images

    China's Quest for Global Primacy

    Jul 26, 2021

    China will aim to establish regional and global primacy by relying on economic prowess and diplomatic maneuvers, according to the authors of a new RAND report. The goal: gain a position of advantage from which China cannot be dislodged by the United States.

  • War, military threat, military power concept. China. Tanks toy near chinese flag on black background top view, photo by 9dreamstudio/AdobeStock

    Understanding Chinese Deterrence Signaling

    Jun 21, 2021

    As China leverages growing military capabilities and the availability of new communication channels, it is also changing its approach to deterrence signaling. New RAND research provides an analytic framework to interpret Chinese deterrence signaling and explores seven case studies of recent Chinese deterrence behavior.

  • South Korean soldiers coordinate fires during a joint artillery exercise with U.S. soldiers near the Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South Korea, May 10, 2016, photo by Staff Sgt. Keith Anderson/U.S. Army

    What is the State of Deterrence in the Taiwan Strait and Korea?

    May 26, 2021

    Recent RAND research explored U.S. extended deterrence on the Korean Peninsula and in the Taiwan Strait. The researchers conclude that the state of deterrence in Korea is healthy, and all examined variables are robust or effective.

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    RAND Research on China

    May 18, 2021

    Strategic competition with China is among the top foreign policy issues of the 117th Congress. RAND experts offer up insight on a variety of topics, including U.S. allies and partners, gray zone activities, and technology and supply chains.

  • U.S. Marines and sailors post security from the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) off the coast of Southern Calif., December 4, 2020, photo by Lance Cpl. Cameron Rowe/U.S. Marine Corps

    The Link Between Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault in the Military

    Apr 28, 2021

    Ambient sexual harassment—the sexual harassment of others in a service member's work environment—is strongly associated with risk of sexual assault, even after controlling for many other sexual assault risk factors, according to a RAND report.

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