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  • U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi attends a meeting with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen at the presidential office in Taipei, August 3, 2022, photo courtesy of Taiwan Presidential Office/Handout via Reuters


    The Indo-Pacific Mostly Backs 'One China,' but Taiwan Gets Some Love, Too

    Almost the entire Indo-Pacific region backs China over Taiwan. But U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi's August trip to Taiwan made it clear that key U.S. allies strongly support Taiwan's cause, particularly in the face of a potential war over the island. This suggests that Beijing's assertive behavior is steadily alienating nations that otherwise may have minded their own business.

    Aug 22, 2022

  • Russian service members stand guard at the Nagurskoye military base in Alexandra Land on the Arctic islands of Franz Josef Land, Russia, March 29, 2017, photo by Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters


    How the Russian Invasion of Ukraine May Impact the Arctic

    The United States and its Arctic partners suspended cooperation with Russia at the Arctic Council in response to Moscow's invasion of Ukraine. The prospect of returning to the council's business as usual seems very far away.

    Aug 22, 2022

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    A U.S. National Strategy Is Needed to Counter Violent Extremism

    Users in the United States are overwhelmingly responsible for racially and ethnically motivated violent extremism (REMVE) discourse online. Strategies that focus on organizations or individuals likely will not work to counter REMVE because the movement is diffuse and leaderless.

    Aug 22, 2022

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    Homelessness in L.A., Russia's Military Woes, Educator Morale: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on breaking the cycle of incarceration and homelessness, Russia’s ongoing military struggles, NATO expansion, and more.

    Aug 19, 2022

  • Russian service members ride an armoured vehicle in the Russian-held part of the Zaporizhzhia region, Ukraine, July 23, 2022, photo by Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters


    Understanding Russia's Motivations, and Using Them

    The concept of ontological security could help explain Putin's war on Ukraine and his regime's reasoning. It's about maintaining a continuous sense of self, and in this case, of state identity. Putin may have deemed the invasion necessary to maintain a sense of continuity and order, where order is Russia's continued adversarial relationship with the West.

    Aug 19, 2022

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    • RAND Study Evaluates Airpower Options for Syria Intervention

      An examination of five options for U.S. and allied military intervention in the Syrian civil war using airpower warns that destroying or grounding the Syrian air force is operationally feasible but would have only marginal benefits for protecting civilians.

      Sep 3, 2013

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      RAND Experts Available on Latest Developments in Egypt

      RAND Middle East experts are available to discuss the latest events in Egypt, including the shooting deaths of protesters in Cairo and the possibility the U.S. will halt its Egyptian foreign aid program.

      Jul 11, 2013

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      Intervention in Mali

      With Mali facing an uncertain future, it is unclear what role regional and international actors will play as the struggle for control of Mali continues. RAND has several country and regional experts that have examined the conflict from several perspectives.

      Feb 21, 2013

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      SOTU Policy Preview

      Preparing for the State of the Union address? Here is a preview of topics from President Obama's inaugural address that he may cover on Tuesday night, along with helpful links to related RAND analyses, reports, and commentary.

      Feb 11, 2013

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      Who Are the Muslim Brotherhood Youth and What Does That Mean for U.S. Policy?

      The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) emerged as one of the most consequential actors in post-Mubarak Egypt, operating the Freedom and Justice Party that won a strong plurality in the 2011-2012 parliamentary elections and claimed the presidency. But generational divides constitute a major challenge to the MB's organizational cohesion.

      Jan 24, 2013

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      Do Targeted Killings Work?

      Can the targeted killing of militant leaders be an effective component of a security strategy? In recent work, RAND's Patrick Johnston argues that past targeted capture/kill operations have weakened militant organizations.

      Oct 23, 2012

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      Must-Reads for Tonight's Foreign Policy Debate

      RAND experts analyze six foreign policy issues that the next U.S. president will have to confront in 2013 and beyond.

      Oct 22, 2012

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      Looking Beyond the 2012 U.S. Election

      As the U.S. presidential election draws to a close, there is increasing demand for simple answers to complex questions, immediate solutions to entrenched challenges, and ten-second sound bites to sum it all up. RAND has always focused on big, long-term, core public policy issues and has cultivated the farsighted perspectives required to address those issues.

      Oct 3, 2012

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      Putting Arab Spring into Perspective: What Can We Learn from 40 Years of Democratization?

      Starting with events in Tunisia in December 2010 and spreading to Egypt and then to Libya and Yemen, long-standing authoritarian regimes have fallen in what has come to be called the Arab Spring. These nations are undergoing political transitions, perhaps towards democracy, perhaps toward other regime types.

      Sep 20, 2012

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      Relations Between China and Iran: Implications for the United States

      The relationship between China and Iran presents a unique challenge to U.S. interests and objectives, in particular its efforts to dissuade Iran from developing a nuclear weapons capability.

      Jun 19, 2012

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      Grading the NATO Summit

      This week's NATO summit in Chicago made progress bringing the alliance's combat role in Afghanistan to an end, says RAND political scientist Christopher S. Chivvis. "But the summit also drew attention to at least three challenges on the road ahead."

      May 25, 2012

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      A Nuclear Iran and Israel at the Crossroads

      Earlier this week President Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to discuss Iran's development of nuclear weapons and how the U.S. and Israel may respond.

      Mar 9, 2012

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      Better Understanding the Rivalry Between Israel and Iran

      Israel and Iran have come to view each other over the past decade as direct regional rivals, with Iran viewing Israel as being bent on undermining Iran's revolutionary system and Israel viewing Iran as posing grave strategic and ideological challenges to the Jewish state.

      Feb 3, 2012

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      Senior Staff SOTU Debrief from RAND Corporation

      We've assembled a selection of RAND reports, journal articles, commentary, videos, and experts on these SOTU topics that provide you with analysis, insights, and ideas you can use in the months ahead.

      Jan 25, 2012

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      The Arab Spring Turns One

      Leaders were deposed in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya while considerable unrest continues in Syria and Yemen. Even though other states appear to have successfully co-opted reform efforts to preempt popular revolts, one year later the Arab Spring continues to change the region's political landscape in surprising ways.

      Jan 25, 2012

    • State of the Union address January 2011

      State of the Union Policy Preview

      Preparing for the State of the Union (SOTU) address? Here is a preview of topics the President may cover along with helpful links to related RAND analyses, reports, and commentary.

      Jan 23, 2012

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