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  • Soldiers of China's PLA take part in a joint multinational U.N. peacekeeping military exercise with troops from Pakistan, Mongolia, and Thailand, in Henan province, China, September 15, 2021, photo by Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

    China's Overseas Military Diplomacy and Implications for U.S. Interests

    As the U.S.-China competition intensifies, military diplomacy is one of the tools that China could potentially use to gain advantage. What are some ways that China’s military diplomacy activities could challenge U.S. interests? And what are some recommendations for U.S. policymakers?

    Jan 26, 2023

  • Tent encampments, where people experiencing homelessness live, line the boardwalk on Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California, April 14, 2021, photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

    Unhoused Population Increased by 18 Percent in Three Hot-Spot L.A. Neighborhoods

    RAND conducted a yearlong count of people experiencing unsheltered homelessness in three high-priority neighborhoods in Los Angeles. These populations rose by an average of 18 percent over the period, despite encampment cleanups and other events.

    Jan 26, 2023

  • U.S. Army soldiers and French soldiers conduct a water obstacle course at Camp Papeari Tahiti, French Polynesia, May 11, 2022, photo by Master Sgt. Shelia L. Cooper/U.S. Army

    Greater Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific Could Benefit U.S. and French Armies

    The United States and France already share objectives in the Indo-Pacific. They could cooperate further to increase dialogue and information-sharing, engage in more combined partnering with other countries, and broaden their participation in exercises and training in the region.

    Jan 25, 2023

  • A student reads The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss during a peaceful demonstration at the Olentangy Schools Administration Building after a teacher who was reading Dr. Seuss on an NPR podcast was stopped by an administrator because questions about race came up, in Columbus, Ohio, January 16, 2023, photo by Barbara J. Perenic/USA Today via Reuters

    What Teachers Think of State Policies Limiting Their Instruction

    The restrictions placed on how teachers can address race- or gender-related topics in the classroom may be leading to consequences for teachers' working conditions and for student learning. Teachers report that the limitations make it more difficult to engage students in learning, to support critical thinking skills, and to build empathy.

    Jan 25, 2023

  • Ukrainian servicemen are seen near the frontline in Soledar, Donetsk region, Ukraine, January 23, 2023, photo by Oleksandr Ratushniak/Reuters

    Avoiding a Long War in Ukraine

    The United States has a strong interest in avoiding a long war in Ukraine. Although Washington cannot alone determine the war's duration, it can take steps to make an eventual negotiated peace more likely.

    Jan 25, 2023

  • A giant yellow cone looms over naval personnel, photo by John Williams/U.S. Navy

    International Basic Research Collaboration at DoD

    Research is becoming increasingly global. But concerns are growing that the research strength and practices of China and other U.S. competitors may threaten America's position. With this in mind, how does the U.S. Department of Defense approach international basic research collaboration? And how could DoD improve how it uses IBRC?

    Jan 23, 2023

  • Images in a circle, cover image of RAND: Making a Difference

    RAND: 75 Years of Making a Difference

    To commemorate its 75th anniversary, RAND took a closer look at some of its most influential research. The selections in this volume demonstrate RAND's positive—and enduring—contributions in addressing some of the world's most challenging problems.

    Jan 19, 2023

  • The U.S. Capitol Building, in Washington, D.C., December 5, 2022, photo by Graeme Sloan/Reuters

    Prospects for Bipartisanship in a Divided Country

    Political polarization affects democracy and discourse about public policy. But a series of workshops with diverse stakeholders discussing sensitive policy issues found that Americans from different demographic, economic, political, professional, and social backgrounds can reach consensus.

    Jan 19, 2023

  • U.S. Air Force aircraft in a capabilities demonstration in honor of the U.S. Air Force's 75th Anniversary at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, August 12, 2022, photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Moore/U.S. Air Force

    Bolstering U.S. Air Bases Against Chinese and Russian Attacks

    There's a growing consensus that China and Russia represent major threats to U.S. interests and there are calls to counter the threats cost-effectively. Air base resilience requires close familiarity with the threat, a systematic approach for addressing it, and sustained efforts to build on investments in protection.

    Jan 17, 2023

  • Military spouses discuss their finances, photo by SDI Productions/Getty Images

    Today's Army Spouse Panel Survey: Impact of COVID-19

    COVID-19 has had a broad and continuing impact across society. How did the pandemic affect Army spouses with respect to employment, child care, financial, and other concerns in 2020 and 2021?

    Jan 17, 2023

  • Weapons seized in Westchester and Putnam counties on display at Westchester Police Academy in Valhalla, New York, January 27, 2022, photo by Tania Savayan/USA Today via Reuters

    Latest Findings from RAND's Gun Policy in America Study

    The third edition of RAND's report on gun policy synthesizes scientific evidence for the effects of various policies on firearm deaths, violent crime, suicides, the gun industry, defensive gun use, and other outcomes.

    Jan 10, 2023

  • Two scientists working in a laboratory, photo by poba/Getty Images

    Pittsburgh's Science- and Technology-Focused Workforce

    About 18 percent of Pittsburgh's employment is in science- and technology-focused occupations and the growth rate suggests the need for more workers in the future. What investments and policy changes could safeguard the region's strengths and support it as a flourishing science and technology hub?

    Jan 9, 2023

  • Female service member sitting on a couch, photo by Prostock-Studio/Getty Images

    Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault in Military Settings

    Members of the military who have been victims of sexual assault or sexual harassment often experience PTSD, depression, and substance use disorders. What therapies are effective at treating these conditions? And what barriers prevent service members from getting the care that they need?

    Jan 9, 2023

  • Spc. Raul Morera and Cpl. Tyler Scriven sort food donations at the Killeen Special Events Center, Killeen, Texas, November 22, 2019, photo by SFC Kelvin Ringold/U.S. Army

    Food Insecurity Among U.S. Service Members and Their Families

    Over a quarter of active duty personnel were food insecure in 2018, but only 14 percent of them used food assistance programs. Some said that the military culture of self-sufficiency and pride kept them from seeking help. Other barriers were a lack of knowledge about available resources and eligibility.

    Jan 3, 2023

  • Members of China's research team setting up an ocean profiling float near the icebreaker Xuelong in the Arctic Ocean, August 18, 2016, photo by Wu Yue/Xinhua/Alamy

    China's Growing Role in the Arctic

    China has become a player in the Arctic region, engaging in economic, scientific, cultural, diplomatic, and military activities. What security risks do China's investments pose, and what could the United States and its partners do to mitigate undesirable Chinese involvement in the region?

    Dec 23, 2022

  • World mental health day concept with a green awareness ribbon, photo by WindyNight/AdobeStock

    Psychedelics and Veterans' Mental Health

    The legal and policy landscape surrounding the use and supply of psychedelics is evolving rapidly. As public sentiment shifts and laws relax, the federal government must consider how best to support veterans and their health care providers.

    Dec 21, 2022

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the summit of leaders of the Commonwealth of Independent States in Astana, Kazakhstan October 14, 2022, photo by Turar Kazangapov/Reuters

    Responding to a Russian Attack on NATO During the Ukraine War

    The Ukraine war has created a unique set of circumstances that make a limited Russian attack against a NATO target plausible. If such an attack were to occur, how might the United States and NATO respond?

    Dec 20, 2022

  • A satellite orbits the earth as a source of bright white light becomes visible behind it

    Ensuring Mission Assurance While Conducting Rapid Space Acquisition

    As the U.S. Space Force pursues rapid acquisition of warfighting capabilities, a key question is whether the streamlining techniques being used to get new space systems to operators quickly create mission assurance vulnerabilities.

    Dec 19, 2022

  • A soldier's hands on a battery, photo by Staff Sgt. Sarah M. McClanahan/U.S. Air Force

    Critical Material Supply Chains Should Be More Resilient

    The COVID-19 pandemic and Russian invasion of Ukraine highlight the vulnerabilities of supply chains that are dependent on foreign inputs. How can the U.S. Department of Defense increase the resilience of its supply chains for materials essential to national security?

    Dec 15, 2022

  • The Nobel certificate and medal is seen on the empty chair where Nobel Peace Prize winner jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo would have sat, near a portrait of Liu, at Oslo City Hall, December 10, 2010, photo by Heiko Junge/Scanpix Norway/Reuters

    How to Counter China's Economic Pressure Campaigns

    China's rise has been accompanied by belligerent use of its economic leverage to shape the political and strategic decisions of other countries. The United States could help its treaty allies and partners—and the international system more broadly—by organizing a multilateral response.

    Dec 14, 2022