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  • A Taliban leader Mullah Baradar Akhund hosted reception for a group of ambassadors to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan on October 1, 2021, photo by EyePress via Reuters

    U.S. Policy Toward the Taliban: Engage, Isolate, or Oppose?

    May 26, 2022

    With the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan and a growing humanitarian crisis, the United States faces several policy options. While isolation is the usual response to an unwelcome regime change, engagement offers the only prospect to advance U.S. interests in the country, mainly counterterrorism and humanitarian relief.

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    Engaging Youth with Public Policy: Middle School Lessons to Counter Truth Decay

    May 24, 2022

    As part of its efforts to counter Truth Decay, RAND researchers developed a series of five lesson plans to help teachers introduce middle school students to a key element of civic education: understanding and engaging with public policy topics.

  • Production line at Eminent Luggage Corp. in Taiwan and a <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ym_People_at_Keelung.jpg">ship at Keelung</a>, Taiwan, photos by Pichi Chuang/Reuters and pete/<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en">CC by 2.0</a>

    Implications of a Coercive Quarantine of Taiwan by China

    May 23, 2022

    It's possible that China could enact a quarantine of Taiwan, preventing it from sending exports or receiving imports. Quarantine exploits Taiwan's economic vulnerability but also has consequences for the United States and other allies. How should they respond?

  • A man stands in front of a police car during the protest against the deaths of Breonna Taylor by Louisville police and George Floyd by Minneapolis police, in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S. June 1, 2020, photo by Bryan Woolston/Reuters

    Research Road Map to Reduce Police Killings

    May 18, 2022

    Preventing killings committed by police will require research funding, research-practitioner partnerships with police agencies and unions, and standardized data collection. Research should focus on training, policies, technology, consequences for officers, and foundational issues such as racial inequities.

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    Truth Decay in Europe

    May 17, 2022

    Truth Decay, the diminishing role of facts in public life, is less prevalent across Europe than it is in the United States. What actions can be taken now to stop Truth Decay from spreading further—and potentially prevent its serious consequences?

  • A hospital entrance, photo by DenisTangneyJr/Getty Images

    Private Health Plans Paid Hospitals 224 Percent of What Medicare Would Pay

    May 17, 2022

    During 2020, prices paid to hospitals by employers and private insurers for both inpatient and outpatient services averaged 224 percent of what Medicare would have paid for the same services. Prices among states varied widely.

  • People stand in line in front of Huawei's new flagship store, as it officially opens in Shanghai, China, June 24, 2020, photo by Aly Song/Reuters

    Business Community Support for U.S. Policies Toward China

    May 16, 2022

    Policies implemented by the Trump administration were designed to confront China over its problematic behaviors, such as theft of technology and intellectual property. U.S. businesses agreed with the policies, but questioned some of the tactics used. How can Washington address corporate concerns and still compete against China?

  • A Flight Commander Course student interacts with artificial intelligence in a live simulation on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, September 27, 2019, images by A1C Ariel Owings/U.S. Air Force and Jamesteohart/Adobe Stock; design by Carol Ponce/RAND Corporation

    Exploring the Civil-Military Divide over Artificial Intelligence

    May 11, 2022

    Artificial intelligence is anticipated to be a key capability for enabling the U.S. military to maintain its dominance. How do software engineers and other technical staff in the industry view the defense community? Are they willing to contribute to AI-related projects for military use?

  • Scholars of the Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program with Lisa Hallett, cofounder of "wear blue: run to remember," a nonprofit running community that honors the service and sacrifice of the U.S. military, August 2019, photo by Grant Miller/Bush Institute

    Standards for Delivering High-Quality Care to Veterans with Invisible Wounds

    May 9, 2022

    Depression, PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and substance use disorders interfere with veterans' employment, family life, community engagement, and well-being. There are effective treatments but also barriers to accessing them. A set of standards can help identify providers who serve veterans and deliver high-quality care.

  • Homeless encampments line the bike path on Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California, April 13, 2021, photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

    Less Than One-Third of Unhoused People in L.A. Would Accept a Group Shelter

    May 4, 2022

    The number of unsheltered people in Los Angeles is growing. In a new survey in Skid Row, Venice, and Hollywood, most reported being continuously homeless for more than three years. Half had been offered housing, but cited the intake process, desires for privacy, and safety concerns as obstacles.

  • U.S. Army Capt. Mario Vergara (right) discusses COVID-19 testing procedures and best practices with health care staff at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany, April 23, 2021, photo by Marcy Sanchez/DVIDS

    Assessing Burnout Among Military Health Care Providers

    May 3, 2022

    Health care provider burnout poses a threat to mental and behavioral health care for service members, veterans, and their families. How prevalent is burnout? What workplace factors are associated with increased risk for burnout? And what interventions could help?

  • Inmate Marvin Worthy uses his JPay tablet device inside the East Jersey State Prison in Rahway, New Jersey, July 12, 2018, photo by Brendan McDermid/Reuters

    Leveraging Technology to Support Prisoner Reentry

    May 3, 2022

    How can technology help ease the transition from jails or prisons back into the community—and ensure better outcomes for individuals who have been incarcerated?

  • 5G network with abstract high speed technology POV motion blur, photo by Tierney/AdobeStock

    Securing 5G: A Way Forward in the U.S. and China Security Competition

    Apr 29, 2022

    Across the United States and globally, 5G networks are being deployed and will one day replace many older cellular networks. But there are security concerns about 5G networks built using Chinese equipment and 5G phones made by some Chinese companies.

  • Blue and red cables transmitting data signals, image by Alexey Novikov/Adobe Stock

    Response Options to Cyberattacks on U.S. Government Networks

    Apr 29, 2022

    The United States has proved vulnerable to cyber incidents, and a lack of response has emboldened Russia and China to expand their cyber espionage activities. Have U.S. responses changed over time or affected adversary behavior? What lessons do these cases offer for future policymaking?

  • Laboratory scientist Mihai Popescu points out areas of magnetic activity in a brain on a display at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, photo by U.S. Army

    How to Improve Long-Term Outcomes for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury

    Apr 28, 2022

    Treatment for veterans with TBI has improved since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq began. But today's veteran population is more diverse than ever, and improving outcomes requires a better understanding of how TBI affects veterans' lives over the long term, what they may need as they age, and effective treatments.

  • Flight test of a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile at San Nicolas Island, California, August 18, 2019, photo by Scott Howe/U.S. Department of Defense

    Challenges of Deploying Ground-Based Intermediate-Range Missiles on Allied Lands

    Apr 28, 2022

    The United States has been hoping to develop and deploy ground-based intermediate-range missiles to the Indo-Pacific. But what is the likelihood of its treaty allies in the region—Australia, Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, and Thailand—hosting these systems? Are there alternatives to permanent basing?

  • The U.S. Capitol at sunset on the eve of the first anniversary of the January 6, 2021 attack on the building, in Washington, January 5, 2022, photo by Elizabeth Frantz/Reuters

    Extremist Use of Online Spaces

    Apr 27, 2022

    Extremist content can be found on all corners of the internet. How do the characteristics of online spaces contribute to individual radicalization? And how may the internet have helped foster conditions that contributed to the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol?

  • 3D rendering of artificial intelligence AI research with robot and human hands, photo by Blue Planet Studio/Adobe Stock

    Exploring Ways to Regulate and Build Trust in Artificial Intelligence

    Apr 25, 2022

    Researchers synthesized evidence on the use of labeling initiatives, codes of conduct, and other voluntary, self-regulatory mechanisms for the ethical and safe development of artificial intelligence systems.

  • An illustration of the International Space Station over Earth, image by NASA

    Commercial Space Market Development and Trends

    Apr 14, 2022

    The growing commercial space industry offers a range of capabilities and services, including emerging technologies. Opportunities for the U.S. Space Force and Department of Defense to leverage these capabilities for military purposes are expanding. What concerns should stakeholders address?

  • Image representing the presence of a bug or malware in computer software, photo by Black_Kira/Getty Images

    The Effects of Technology on Strategic Deterrence

    Apr 14, 2022

    Emerging technologies—especially those related to information aggression and manipulation, automation, hypersonic systems, and unmanned systems—hold dramatic implications for both the effectiveness and stability of deterrence. How might the United States prepare for the potential risks?