Featured Research

  • A compilation of images showing global connections, chess pieces, and a member of the U.S. military, photos by piranka/Getty Images; Anusorn/Adobe Stock; and Lance Cpl. Mackenzie Binion/U.S. Marine Corps

    The Role of Information in U.S. Concepts for Strategic Competition

    Gray zone activities—acts of aggression that remain below the threshold of war—can be used to gain an edge in great-power competition. How can the information environment support U.S. responses to these activities?

    Oct 25, 2022

  • And early care and education program, photo courtesy of Hawai'i Public Radio

    Early Childhood Educators in Hawai'i

    A diverse, well-supported, and well-compensated workforce is essential for the delivery of high-quality early care and education (ECE) programs. What does the employment landscape look like for the ECE workforce in Hawai'i and what policy strategies can improve their compensation and working conditions?

    Oct 25, 2022

  • Su Wilson visits her mother Chun Liu, a resident at the Life Care Center of Kirkland, a long-term care facility linked to several COVID-19 deaths in Kirkland, Washington, May 10, 2020, photo by Lindsey Wasson/Reuters

    Reimagining Policy Decisionmaking in Long-Term Care

    Policies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities were often mandated without input from residents and their family members, administrators, or staff. What can be done to make policy decisionmaking in these settings more inclusive?

    Oct 20, 2022

  • Map of the Spratly Islands, 2015, image by U.S. Department of State

    The Political Geography of the South China Sea Disputes

    Until the early 20th century, the South China Sea was seen as a vital communications and trade passage that was not under the jurisdiction of any country or empire. How did littoral states' claims on its maritime zones and features develop? And what is the likely future of the disputes?

    Oct 19, 2022

  • A graph of a woman's voice as she speaks, image by andreusK/Adobe Stock

    Can Machine-Learning Tools Tell If You're Lying?

    Four machine-learning models were tested to see how accurately they detected truthfulness and deceit during simulated security clearance background interviews. How people answered questions was just as important as what they said.

    Oct 19, 2022

  • A group of Dog Tag Inc. fellowship participants sit in a circle talking. A sign in the window in the background says "Dog Tag Bakery."

    Fellowship Program Supports the Transition from Military to Civilian Life

    Dog Tag Inc.'s entrepreneurial fellowship program helps veterans, their spouses, and their caregivers prepare for careers in the civilian workforce. In addition to occupational training in a variety of business sectors, the program offers wellness activities and peer support.

    Oct 12, 2022

  • The seal of the Central Intelligence Agency is shown at the entrance of its headquarters in McLean, Virginia, September 24, 2022, photo by Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters

    Trauma in the U.S. Intelligence Community

    Intelligence Community members work under strenuous conditions, face violent and difficult problems, and are bound by law to secrecy. Such responsibility heightens their risk of experiencing trauma and limits their recourse in managing it. Addressing their mental health needs is essential to their well-being and to the IC's quality of work.

    Oct 11, 2022

  • Two police officers standing near patrol cars behind police tape at night, photo by kali9/Getty Images

    Better Data Collection Could Support Efforts to Reduce Deaths in Police Custody

    No national data collection program describes all deaths that occur in law enforcement custody. These data are critical to support strategies to reduce such fatalities, to promote public safety through appropriate police responses, and to build trust with communities.

    Oct 11, 2022

  • An artist's rendering of WGS-11+, a U.S. military communications satellite to be operated by the U.S. Space Force in 2024, image by Boeing via U.S. Space Force

    How Do China and Russia Perceive U.S. Military Activities in Space?

    Chinese and Russian primary sources reflect a perception that U.S. space activities are threatening and demonstrate hostile intent. At the same time, they characterize their own, similar actions as nonthreatening. Washington, Beijing, and Moscow appear to be caught in an action-reaction cycle that perpetuates justifications for continued military action in space.

    Oct 11, 2022

  • Hand touching global network of connected human dots icons, image by ipopba/Getty Images

    Digital Offshoring Could Affect U.S. Workers

    The COVID-19 pandemic fueled a remote work boom as well as increases in innovation and investments in digital technologies. But could these developments backfire and lead to U.S. companies moving white-collar jobs overseas where labor costs are lower?

    Oct 6, 2022

  • A nurse assisting a patient at a hospital reception desk, photo by mixetto/Getty Images

    Health Care Consolidation: What Does the Evidence Say?

    Hospital horizontal consolidation is associated with higher prices paid to providers. And there is some evidence of the same for vertical consolidation of hospitals and physician practices. What effect might the No Surprises Act—created to protect consumers from surprise medical bills—have on consolidation trends?

    Sep 30, 2022

  • A Russian Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft makes a very low altitude pass by USS Donald Cook, April 12, 2016, photo by U.S. Navy

    Russian Coercive Signaling Toward the West

    In recent years, Russia has consistently engaged in signaling activities—military actions far short of direct aggression but often creating escalatory risks—toward the United States and its allies. Understanding what drives this behavior can help U.S. efforts to interpret future events.

    Sep 29, 2022

  • High school students and teacher in a classroom, photo by Drazen/Adobe Stock

    How Do Teachers Approach Civic and Citizenship Education?

    Survey results suggest that, in U.S. public schools, civic and citizenship education is often siloed into specific subject areas, such as social science. Only a quarter of educators said that these topics are integrated into all subjects or are part of the whole school experience.

    Sep 29, 2022

  • Cars drive and residents gather at the Shorja wholesale market during a sandstorm in Baghdad, Iraq, July 3, 2022, photo by Ahmed Saad/Reuters

    A New Approach to U.S. Security Policy in the Middle East

    U.S. interests in the Middle East and the risks posed to them have evolved in ways that call for a modified set of priorities. The United States should not disengage from the region, but instead protect its interests by relying less on military operations and more on diplomacy and other civilian tools.

    Sep 22, 2022

  • Doctor working on a digital tablet with copy space, photo by 6okean/Getty Images

    Wait Times for Veterans Scheduling Health Care Appointments

    There are no national standards for how long is too long for a patient to wait for a health care appointment. Better data about the timeliness and quality of VA Community Care are needed to help veterans make better-informed decisions. What are some recommended approaches to improve data collection and reporting?

    Sep 21, 2022

  • A high school teacher helping students use tablets, photo by Getty Images

    Strategies to Diversify the K–12 Teacher Workforce

    All students—especially those of color—benefit academically and socially from having teachers who are people of color. Ways to recruit and retain more diverse teachers include lowering the cost of becoming a teacher, increasing the diversity of the applicant pool, and building positive collegial relationships and inclusive school environments.

    Sep 20, 2022

  • Entrance of the Royal C. Johnson Veterans Memorial Hospital, part of the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, October 27, 2020, photo by Bing Guan/Reuters

    Women Veterans' Access to Reproductive Health Care

    The Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade could have a direct impact on women veterans’ health since abortion can be medically necessary. To meet women's fundamental health care needs, it is important for VA to be able to provide the full spectrum of reproductive health care.

    Sep 15, 2022

  • Two Honor Flight Kentucky Veterans at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C., June 11, 2022, photo by Sgt. Jesse Elbouab/U.S. Army

    Improving Support for Veteran Women

    There are two million U.S. veterans who are women, and that number is growing. Their military experiences and post-service needs often differ from those of men. How can policies and programs better support women veterans as they transition to civilian life?

    Sep 15, 2022

  • A teacher and student talking in a classroom, photo courtesy of Cowell Elementary School

    Strengthening Students' Social and Emotional Skills

    Children benefit when schools and out-of-school-time programs partner to improve social and emotional learning (SEL). Case studies from six communities illustrate approaches to implementing SEL. Shared themes include committed leaders and focusing on adult SEL before children's.

    Sep 15, 2022

  • Airmen wear new female body armor during training at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, June 29, 2021, photo by Lauren Russell/U.S. Air Force

    How the Dobbs v. Jackson Ruling Could Affect U.S. National Security

    Women are an integral part of the U.S. military and DoD civilian workforce. Limiting their access to legal abortion services will affect their health and could decrease force readiness. It could also raise health care, child care, and education costs, and affect recruitment and retention.

    Sep 13, 2022