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  • Political cartoon of a Republican elephant and Democrat donkey

    Survey Says? Inside RAND's Election Poll

    Oct 6, 2016

    Policy Circle and RANDNext members are invited to a special briefing on the RAND Presidential Election Panel Survey (PEPS), a venture made possible by philanthropic contributions from RAND supporters. [Santa Monica, CA]

  • Composite image of globes in front of currency exchange board

    U.S. International Economic Strategy

    Sep 27, 2016

    The next U.S. president is likely to face a highly uncertain international economy. RAND President and CEO Michael Rich and Howard Shatz, RAND senior economist, will discuss the economic policy choices facing the next administration. [Pittsburgh, PA]

  • A businessman giving a presentation to his team

    Workforce Development for the Jobs of the Future

    Sep 1, 2016

    Research shows that economic development depends on a trained workforce. Experts will discuss what California, the federal government, and employers are doing to nurture a workforce that is well prepared for the jobs of today and the future. [Santa Monica, CA]

  • Illustration of information security

    RAND Cybersecurity Workshop

    Aug 17, 2016

    In this cybersecurity workshop, legislative staffers can learn how to calculate cyber risk; where to find appropriate information about threats, vulnerabilities, and impact; and better consider options for legislation and federal government response in cyberspace. [Washington, DC]

  • Jeffrey Wasserman at the 2015 RAND Public Policy Workshop

    RAND Public Policy Workshop

    Aug 3, 2016

    In this public policy analysis workshop led by Jeffrey Wasserman, director of RAND Health, participants learn about policy analysis tools and techniques—and gain an understanding of how they can be used to improve the quality of public policy decisionmaking. [Washington, DC]

  • Sunset on Santa Monica Beach

    Networking Happy Hour

    Jun 30, 2016

    The RANDNext Happy Hour is an opportunity for cross-industry networking among an elite group of early- to mid-career professionals. RAND researchers will be there to mingle and discuss their work across various policy topics. Join us at Le Méridien's newest venue, SandBox. [Santa Monica, CA]

  • Medical illustration for Albert P. Williams Lecture on Health Policy

    The Role of Private Plans in Medicare

    Jun 9, 2016

    The 2016 Williams Lecture on Health Policy features Joseph Newhouse, the John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy and Management at Harvard University. He will discuss reforms in the mid-2000s that had a surprising—and some would say counterintuitive—effect on Medicare Advantage Plans. [Santa Monica, CA]

  • View of downtown Dubai from Burj Khalifa skyscraper, United Arab Emirates

    A Conversation with His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, Ambassador of the UAE to the US

    Jun 1, 2016

    Ambassador Al Otaiba has been instrumental to enhancing UAE-US relations and improving bilateral security and economic cooperation between the two nations. He will describe his vision for a stable, tolerant, and prosperous Middle East. [Santa Monica, CA]

  • Two family members comfort one another while looking at a photo

    Suicide Trends and Prevention in New Orleans

    May 27, 2016

    In 2014, New Orleans had a record-breaking 50 suicides. In this special presentation, Rajeev Ramchand, senior behavioral and social scientist, discusses how psychological autopsies can help develop a broader understanding of the causes of suicide deaths in New Orleans.

  • 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.