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  • 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

    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.

    Feb 9, 2016

  • Homeless man sitting on a bench in Los Angeles


    L.A.'s Homelessness Crisis

    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.

    Feb 2, 2016

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


    The Future of ISIS

    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.

    Jan 28, 2016

  • Detailed look at Eastern China and Taiwan


    Maritime Issues in the East and South China Seas

    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.

    Jan 13, 2016

  • Los Angeles skyline cityscape


    RANDNext Happy Hour

    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.

    Dec 9, 2015

  • People gather to watch celebrations for Navy Day, with a Russian warship and a submarine seen in the background, in Vladivostok, Russia, July 26, 2015


    Russian Ambitions

    Russia's interventions in Ukraine and Syria raise serious concerns about Moscow's regional and global ambitions. RAND's William Courtney, a former U.S. ambassador to Georgia and Kazakhstan, offers insights on these issues.

    Dec 1, 2015

  • Soledad O'Brien, Chuck Hagel, Michael Rich, and Michael Lynton at One Night with RAND, November 11, 2015


    One Night with RAND 2015

    One Night with RAND featured a panel discussion with Chuck Hagel, 24th U.S. Secretary of Defense; Michael Lynton, CEO, Sony Entertainment, Inc.; Michael Rich, President and CEO of RAND; and moderator Soledad O'Brien on the international strategic choices that will shape the U.S. role in the world for years to come. The event also honored Harold Brown. [Santa Monica, CA]

    Nov 11, 2015

  • Map of North and South Korea


    Korean Unification: What Would It Take?

    Top experts on Korea will join RAND analysts to consider how the Republic of Korea, the U.S., and other countries in the region might facilitate unification, as well as address the challenges of working with the current North Korean government.

    Nov 3, 2015

  • Officers of China's People's Liberation Army training for a parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the World War Two, in Beijing, China, August 22, 2015


    China and the United States: The Balance of Power

    The U.S. and China have strong economic and diplomatic ties, but over the past two decades, as China's economy has strengthened, so has its military. East Asian security expert Eric Heginbotham discusses China's ambitions and their implications for U.S. interests in Asia.

    Nov 2, 2015

  • Merged Israeli and Palestinian flags


    The Costs of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    In an effort to understand the economic price of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, RAND assessed the costs and benefits of alternatives to the current impasse. The authors of the study present their findings to RAND Policy Circle members.

    Oct 29, 2015

  • Behavioral Finance Forum


    RAND Behavioral Finance Forum Fall 2015

    Consumer Financial Decision Making was the theme of the 2015 RAND Behavioral Finance (BeFi) Forum on October 21, presented in partnership with the Aspen Institute, and in collaboration with the Institute for the Future. Dr. Robert J. Shiller gave the keynote address.

    Oct 21, 2015

  • U.S. Marines board a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during airlift operations as part of an exercise on Camp Imazu in Takashima, Japan, Sept. 15, 2015


    America's Security Deficit: Addressing the Imbalance Between Strategy and Resources in a Turbulent World

    With the Taliban briefly capturing the Afghan city of Kunduz, Russia flexing its muscles, ISIS undefeated, and China's advancing military modernization, the U.S. military is spread ever thinner. Former DoD strategists discuss their new report and explain why the United States must either boost its defenses or curb its military ambitions.

    Oct 19, 2015

  • Wine corks


    RANDNext 1st Anniversary Wine and Food Celebration

    RANDNext is celebrating its first anniversary with an evening of good conversation, food, and wine. RAND expert Philip Armour will discuss the economics of the wine industry, focusing on one of the most weather-sensitive, lucrative, and slow-to-adapt crops grown in California — wine grapes.

    Oct 15, 2015

  • Boy taking a standardized test


    Education Policy: Challenges in Implementing New Standards and Assessments

    A panel of educators and policy experts discusses Pennsylvania's approach to standards and assessment, what challenges remain, and what the future holds.

    Oct 8, 2015

  • Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army march during a training session for a military parade, Beijing, September 1, 2015


    United States and China: Trends in Military Competition

    Eric Heginbotham discusses relative U.S. and Chinese military capabilities, including the evolution of Chinese military capabilities, steps the United States can take to limit the impact of a growing Chinese military on deterrence, and other U.S. strategic interests.

    Oct 5, 2015

  • Shasta Lake is 100 feet below its normal levels January 23, 2014


    California's Drought and Water Policy

    Leadership from the California Farm Bureau Federation, the California Water Commission, and the Association of California Water Agencies discuss solutions to the water crisis. This event is open to the public; Policy Circle members are invited to a pre-event reception and will receive reserved seating.

    Sep 30, 2015

  • A destroyed building with a wall painted with the black flag commonly used by Islamic State militants in the town of al-Alam, Iraq, March 10, 2015


    ISIS: Assessing the Global Threat

    A year into the U.S.-led bombing on ISIS, how much progress has been made against the self-proclaimed Islamic State? RAND's Andrew Liepman and Citi Private Bank's Hasan Shirazi discuss the global threat ISIS poses and what can be done to contain it.

    Sep 24, 2015

  • Soldiers rehearse weapons skills while attending the Cultural Support training course at Fort Bragg, N.C.


    The Changing Face of America's Front Lines: Women in Special Operations and Combat Roles

    Author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Pardee RAND dean Susan Marquis, and RAND's John Winkler discuss how a pioneering team of women who served alongside Rangers and SEALS in Afghanistan in 2011 helped pave the way for women's roles in the military, as well as issues that remain.

    Sep 21, 2015

  • Close up of Lily Ablon holding DEFCON 21 challenge medal


    Lessons from a Hacker: Cyber Concepts for Policymakers

    What do policymakers need to know as they confront growing concerns over cybersecurity? Lillian Ablon provides insights into some of the complexities of cybersecurity policymaking, including why software vulnerabilities matter and the motivations of various cyber threats actors.

    Sep 14, 2015

  • Students in a workshop


    RAND Public Policy Workshop

    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.

    Aug 26, 2015

  • Palm trees at sunset in Long Beach, California


    RANDNext Happy Hour

    The RANDNext 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 West LA's hottest spots.

    Aug 5, 2015

  • Book jacket of Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle for Israel, 1917-1947


    Does Terrorism Work?

    Bruce Hoffman discusses his latest book, Anonymous Soldiers, which draws on newly declassified documents to describe how both Arab and Jewish terrorism between 1917 and 1947 influenced Britain's day-to-day policies and its decision to surrender the mandate for Palestine to the UN.

    Jul 30, 2015

  • A map of the world projected onto a compass


    Strategic Rethink: Choices for America in a Turbulent World

    How does America envision its role in a turbulent geopolitical environment with growing challenges? Ambassador James Dobbins, Howard Shatz, and David Ochmanek examine the most consequential choices that are likely to face this president and the next.

    Jul 24, 2015

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    The Dark Side of Technology

    Global strategist, futurist, and author Marc Goodman joins RAND researcher and cybercrime expert Lillian Ablon for a glimpse into the future of crime in an interconnected world and also share steps people can take to protect themselves.

    Jun 25, 2015

  • Tablet displaying charts, calculator, pen, coffee


    Financial Literacy and the Cost of Ignorance

    Lack of financial literacy can lead to credit card debt, overwhelming college loans, and even bankruptcy. Annamaria Lusardi discusses the importance of educating people on how to make complex financial decisions as well as policy changes to raise the level of financial literacy.

    Jun 18, 2015