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  • behavioral health patient talking to his doctor

    The Promise of Integrated Health Care

    People with serious mental illness suffer more chronic health problems and die earlier than others. Research suggests that the solution may lie in integrated care — the coordination of mental health, substance abuse, and primary care services. Join us as we learn about this innovative approach.

    Dec 18, 2013

  • Atlanta traffic and skyline

    The Future of Mobility: Transportation 2030

    What will transportation look like in the United States in the year 2030? Multiple mobility scenarios are possible. Come hear how policymakers and planners can shape the future of mobility in the United States and what factors will influence the creation of the future transportation system.

    Dec 3, 2013

  • Estimating the Comparative Effectiveness of Screening Tests

    Screening tests are a key component of preventive care. For cancer screening, the most relevant measure of effectiveness is the difference in mortality for screened versus unscreened patients. Carolyn Rutter from The Group Health Research Institute will discuss comparative effectiveness of screening tests, focusing on colorectal cancer.

    Nov 13, 2013

  • Economist  and Nobel Laureate Edmund Phelps

    Distinguished Speaker Series: Edmund Phelps

    Nobel Prize-winning economist Edmund Phelps is director of the Center on Capitalism and Society at Columbia University as well as dean of New Huadu Business School at Minjiang University in Fuzhou, China. He will follow his talk with a book signing.

    Nov 6, 2013

  • U.S. soldiers in East Baghdad

    The U.S. Withdrawal from Iraq and What It May Mean for Afghanistan

    An event co-hosted by RAND and the Wilson Center will explore how our experience in the military exit and the transition of responsibilities in Iraq might help to inform future U.S. transition planning in Afghanistan.

    Nov 5, 2013

  • two CCTV cameras and American flag illustration

    Security Versus Privacy?

    People are wondering how much America is, or should be, sacrificing privacy and civil liberties for the sake of homeland security. A RAND Policy Forum on October 24, 2013 will discuss where to draw the proper lines between privacy, security, and liberty.

    Oct 24, 2013

  • Kim Jong-un during the celebration of the 65th anniversary of North Korea

    Preparing for North Korean Regime Collapse

    The North Korean government has shown signs of instability for some time. RAND senior defense analyst Bruce Bennett will discuss the possible consequences of its collapse, including civil war in the North, a humanitarian crisis, the potential use and proliferation of the nation's chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons, and even war with China.

    Oct 16, 2013

  • three students walking up school steps

    Back to School: Focus on Challenges Faced by Children and Adolescents

    As the school year begins for children in Pittsburgh and throughout the nation, it's a good time for the rest of us to reflect on how to best support their success in school and in life. Our panelists will explore several aspects of students' experiences, inside and outside of the classroom.

    Sep 26, 2013

  • Exits on the Road to Serfdom

    In The Road to Serfdom, Friedrich Hayek suggested that statist intervention in the economy would inevitably bring a population to a serf-like situation. James Thompson, Noah Harding Professor of Statistics at Rice University, will discuss this assertion, and those of the critics who suggest that such pessimism is excessive.

    Sep 26, 2013

  • Reaper drone


    Drones—robotic, unmanned aerial vehicles used for surveillance—have transformed warfare and are beginning to transform civilian life as well. A RAND Policy Forum will address friendly and unfriendly drones, how they are being used today, who has them, and what other applications indicate cause for concern.

    Sep 25, 2013

  • Brian Michael Jenkins testifying

    Hill Staff Conference Call with RAND Terrorism Expert

    RAND terrorism expert Brian Michael Jenkins will lead this exclusive Hill discussion on current events in the Middle East and North Africa. Jenkins will share a firsthand account of what he learned from key leaders during his recent trip to the region.

    Aug 22, 2013

  • group of people at a seminar

    RAND Public Policy Analysis Workshop for Congressional Staffers

    This two-day analysis training workshop will provide legislative staffers with an introduction to policy analysis tools and techniques as well as an understanding of how they can be used to improve the quality of public policy decisionmaking.

    Aug 13, 2013

  • a huge crowd of Egyptians gathered in Tahrir Square

    Egypt and the Question of U.S. Assistance

    With the ouster of former President Morsi by the Egyptian military, there is a renewed debate over the status of U.S. assistance to Egypt. Would cutting off aid promote or impair American interests in the region? RAND's Jeff Martini will moderate a discussion with Steven A. Cook of CFR and Michele Dunne of the Atlantic Council.

    Jul 25, 2013

  • a woman getting her blood pressure checked

    Women's Health

    A RAND Policy Forum will address women's health, heart health, and the potential effects of gender on health with speakers Chloe Bird, Amanda Daniels, and Karol Watson.

    Jun 27, 2013

  • students and a teacher in a classroom using computers

    Improving Student Achievement Through Education Technology

    RAND senior scientist John Pane will participate in a panel hosted by Carnegie Learning to discuss a large-scale randomized study of the blended learning algebra curriculum designed by Carnegie Learning, tracking the progress of more than 19,000 students in 147 schools in seven states.

    Jun 20, 2013

  • thinking about stocks and finances

    RAND Behavioral Finance Forum 2013

    The RAND Behavioral Finance (BeFi) Forum is an annual, day-long event held in Washington, D.C. Videos from the 2013 event include a series of topical panels on curated presentations of academic research followed by discussion by leading practitioners.

    May 31, 2013

  • Anti and pro-Mubarak protesters clash at Tahrir square, Cairo, Egypt, February 2011

    Arab Spring

    Two years after the revolutions that shook the political landscape of the Arab world, several countries in the region remain unsettled. Did the Arab Spring really change that much for the better, as hopes of democracy seem to have faded, or is it still too soon to tell?

    May 23, 2013

  • turnaround at roundabout

    Peter Blair Henry Discusses Turnaround: Third World Lessons for First World Growth

    In his book Turnaround, economist Peter Blair Henry argues that the secret to emerging countries' success (and ours) is discipline — sustained commitment to a pragmatic growth strategy. Henry will be visiting PRGS and RAND for the International Development Speaker Series.

    May 13, 2013

  • U.S. servicemembers raise a flag

    What Will Keep a U.S. Defense Secretary Up at Night Through the Next Decade?

    Former U.S. Secretary of Defense and RAND trustee emeritus Harold Brown will discuss his book, Star Spangled Security: Applying Lessons Learned Over Six Decades Safeguarding America, and how his experience applies to current challenges facing the United States.

    May 6, 2013

  • Australian cigarette packaging

    Plain Tobacco Packaging: Implications for Health, Law, and Policy

    Tobacco raises vital current issues of global concern regarding the interaction among international trade and investment laws, public policy, and public health objectives. Professors Mitchell and Voon reflect on the implications of Australia's experience with mandatory standardized tobacco packaging legislation for international health law and policy.

    Apr 12, 2013

  • RAND Trustee Harold Brown speaks at Politics Aside 2012

    A Conversation with Former Defense Secretary Harold Brown

    At an event on April 9, 2013, former Defense Secretary Harold Brown will discuss how to align America's interests, values, and defense budget to meet the nation's current challenges.

    Apr 9, 2013

  • Chinese container shipping port

    David Roland-Holst Discusses China's Agrifood Demand in a Global Context

    Rising Chinese incomes are increasing domestic agricultural consumption. Because China is severely constrained in these resources, the implications of this demand acceleration will be global. In this talk, Professor Roland-Holst sets out the drivers of China's changing agrifood economy and maps out its implications for global food markets and sustainability.

    Apr 5, 2013

  • Egyptians voting at the 2012 presidential elections in Cairo

    Mapping Egyptian Politics

    Despite widespread unrest, Egypt is scheduled to hold parliamentary elections in the coming months. Three Egypt watchers will discuss what past electoral performance and the current political context say about the Islamists' strength in Egypt and what it means for the U.S.

    Mar 22, 2013

  • gas pipeline

    An Energy-Independent United States

    Declines in energy consumption because of substantial improvements in efficiency and surging production of natural gas, oil, and renewable energy have brought the United States to the brink of energy independence. Join RAND to learn more about shifts in U.S. energy markets.

    Mar 20, 2013

  • Cambodian garment factory workers travel home from work in Kampong Chhnang province, north of Phnom Penh

    Overcoming Obstacles to Peace

    In their new book, Overcoming Obstacles to Peace, RAND experts James Dobbins and Laurel Miller present evidence that international interventions can in fact build more peaceful nations. Join the discussion on March 18, 2013, 10-11:30 a.m., at the U.S. Institute of Peace Headquarters.

    Mar 18, 2013