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  • Students working in a lab on a drone project

    Training Workers in a Changing Economy

    May 26, 2016

    California's unemployment rate is high, but employers are having trouble finding workers who are trained for the jobs that are available. Will federal and state efforts to address this critical issue succeed? How are public-private partnerships helping to develop a job-driven U.S. workforce and training system? [Santa Monica, CA]

  • Neon code illustrating a cyber attack

    The “Internet of Things”: Lessons from a Hacker

    May 25, 2016

    RAND researcher and DEF CON Black Badge winner Lillian Ablon will describe how our increasingly digital world has presented new risks. She'll explain what makes us vulnerable and what motivates different types of cyberattackers. [Santa Monica, CA]

  • Gloved hands typing on a computer keyboard

    The Hackers' Bazaar: Markets for Cybercrime Tools and Stolen Data

    May 24, 2016

    RAND researcher and DEF CON Black Badge winner Lillian Ablon will discuss the characteristics of burgeoning black markets, why we can expect more cybercriminal activity, and why the ability to attack will likely outpace the ability to defend.

  • Opioid drug addiction

    Combating the Opioid Epidemic

    May 12, 2016

    A panel of experts will discuss prevention, treatment, and recovery options as well as national and Pittsburgh-area efforts to fight the opioid epidemic.

  • Cover of The Envoy: From Kabul to the White House, My Journey Through a Turbulent World

    A Conversation with Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad

    May 11, 2016

    In a new memoir, Zalmay Khalilzad recounts his early life in Afghanistan through his service as a policymaker in three U.S. administrations. He will share rare insights into what went wrong in the Middle East and his unique perspective on the way forward.

  • LAPD officers on bikes on the Venice boardwalk

    Police-Community Relations

    May 5, 2016

    Police shootings across the country continue to raise questions about the relationship between police departments and the communities they are charged with protecting. Experts and community leaders will discuss new policies the L.A. Police Department is considering.

  • New Orleans skyline at sunset

    Extending the Horizons of Coastal Risk Management

    May 4, 2016

    RAND and its Sustainable Climate Risk Management (SCRiM) collaborators are hosting a workshop to discuss some of the latest climate science relevant to resilience and coastal flood risk planning for New Orleans.

  • U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Chinese president Xi Jinping after a press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, September 25, 2015 in Washington, D.C

    Getting to Yes with China in Cyberspace: Is it Possible?

    May 2, 2016

    Scott Warren Harold and Martin Libicki will discuss the contentious relationship between the United States and China with regard to establishing norms and rules in cyberspace. Are there any feasible paths to getting to a meaningful and lasting agreement?

  • Doctor holding marijuana and a vote button

    California Capitol Briefing: Lessons for Marijuana Legalization

    Apr 27, 2016

    Initiatives to legalize marijuana in California have been filed for the 2016 election. Given the size of the state's marijuana market, its proximity to Mexico, and the U.S. presidential and congressional races, Californians are divided on this issue. RAND experts will discuss what California can learn from other states that have legalized marijuana.

  • Preschool children sitting around their teacher in a classroom

    California Capitol Briefing: Early Childhood Education

    Apr 26, 2016

    What does the landscape of California early care and education programs look like? RAND experts will discuss current access gaps, approaches for ensuring quality, and the costs and benefits of universal preschool versus targeted preschool programs.

  • The White House in Washington, D.C.

    RANDNext Dinner and Discussion: On the Issues

    Apr 13, 2016

    RAND researchers will discuss the issues that are at the top of the agenda this election year: U.S. military strategy, immigration, criminal justice, China and trade, and cybersecurity. They will also present RAND's presidential election polling research.

  • A principal and teachers talking in a school library

    AERA Annual Meeting

    Apr 8, 2016

    A number of RAND Education and Labor researchers will be speaking and presenting at the AERA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.—the largest meeting of education scholars in the country.

  • Iranian women holding electoral leaflets attend a reformist campaign for upcoming parliamentary election, in Tehran February 18, 2016

    Where Is Iran Headed?

    Mar 30, 2016

    Ali Nader, author of The Days After a Deal with Iran: Continuity and Change in Iranian Foreign Policy, will offer insights into Iranian politics, the effect of sanctions relief on the Iranian economy, and Iran's role in regional conflicts.

  • U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, accompanied by his Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera, visits the Defense Ministry in Tokyo April 6, 2014

    U.S.-Japan Alliance Conference: Strengthening Strategic Cooperation

    Mar 14, 2016

    Onodera Itsunori (Japanese Minister of Defense, 2012-2014) and Chuck Hagel (U.S. Secretary of Defense, 2013-2015) will speak at RAND to address why the United States and Japan revised the alliance's defense guidelines—and the implications of these guidelines on future cooperation.

  • Youth walk under an Islamic State flag in Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp, near the port-city of Sidon, Lebanon, January 19, 2016

    The Future of ISIS

    Mar 8, 2016

    RAND counterterrorism expert Seth Jones will draw on his studies of insurgent groups since World War II to analyze what history indicates about the future of ISIS.

  • U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, and the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi before resuming talks over Iran's nuclear program in Lausanne, March 16, 2015

    Will the Iran Deal Survive? Iran, Regional Crises, and U.S. Policy

    Mar 3, 2016

    At this half-day RAND conference, experts will discuss current and future challenges facing the Iran nuclear agreement and address a number of other non-nuclear issues.

  • A Syrian refugee carries his son through a rainstorm at the Greek-Macedonian border near the Greek village of Idomeni, November 27, 2015

    Syrian Refugees: Humanitarian and Security Perspectives

    Feb 25, 2016

    The U.S. and other Western countries have vowed to admit more refugees, but terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, Paris, Cologne, and Jakarta are fueling the anxiety of communities throughout the world. What are countries doing to help abate the humanitarian crisis and ongoing efforts to counter the terrorist threat?

  • Cpl. Kristine Tejeda, 1st Cavalry Division

    Beyond the Headlines: Women in Combat

    Feb 22, 2016

    Rules have been lifted that had previously restricted women from military combat occupations. A RAND study describes lessons learned from gender integration in foreign military. Principal Investigator Agnes Schaefer talks about the keys to successful integration.

  • Service members involved in physical therapy at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio wait for President Bush to visit

    Meeting the Health Care Needs of America's Veterans

    Feb 18, 2016

    A team of RAND experts conducted three independent assessments of the Veterans Choice Act (enacted in 2014). Researchers explored the health needs of veterans, the VA's capacity to deliver care, and steps policymakers can take toward the goal of providing high-quality, timely, and accessible health care for veterans.

  • Syrian refugees, stuck between the Jordanian and Syrian borders, wait to cross into Jordan near the town of Ruwaished, January 14, 2016

    Lessening the Risk of Refugee Radicalization

    Feb 16, 2016

    Historical cases show that refugee radicalization is not inevitable, but fears within the United States persist. How does radicalization happen within refugee groups? And how can the U.S. government mitigate risks and safeguard the homeland?

  • Colombian women listen as a health worker distributes information how to prevent the spread of the Zika virus in Bogota, Colombia January 31, 2016

    The Zika Virus: What We Know So Far

    Feb 9, 2016

    The Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease that may be linked to brain damage in infants, is emerging as a public health priority. In this Call with the Experts, RAND Senior Natural Scientist Melinda Moore answers questions about Zika and what can be done to prevent its spread.

  • Homeless man sitting on a bench in Los Angeles

    L.A.'s Homelessness Crisis

    Feb 2, 2016

    About 26,000 men, women, and children are homeless in the city of Los Angeles. A RAND Policy Forum will address what local governments, the private sector, and foundations are doing to address this crisis, especially as strong El Niño storms are expected this winter and spring.

  • Islamist fighters having a military parade in Syria's northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014

    The Future of ISIS

    Jan 28, 2016

    Brian Michael Jenkins founded the RAND Corporation's terrorism research program more than 30 years ago, and is now considered one of the world's leading authorities on terrorism. Learn what Jenkins thinks about the future of ISIS and other insurgent groups.

  • Detailed look at Eastern China and Taiwan

    Maritime Issues in the East and South China Seas

    Jan 13, 2016

    In recent years, countries in the Asia Pacific region have contested maritime zones and sovereignty rights. Experts from China, Japan, Taiwan, and the United States will gather at RAND to discuss important issues surrounding this topic.

  • Los Angeles skyline cityscape

    RANDNext Happy Hour

    Dec 9, 2015

    The RANDNext Holiday Happy Hour is an opportunity for cross-industry networking among a group of successful and influential early- to mid-career professionals. RAND researchers will be there to mingle with guests and discuss their work on important policy issues. Join us at one of Downtown LA's coolest spots.