A North Korean government collapse would have serious consequences, including a potential humanitarian disaster and civil war. The Republic of Korea and its U.S. ally will almost certainly have to intervene, but are ill-prepared to do so.
RAND's Research in Korean
A selection of RAND research is now available in the Korean language. For more research about Korea (in English), visit the Korean Peninsula topic page.
Featured Publications in Korean
Social and Economic Well-Being
Truth Decay: An Initial Exploration of the Diminishing Role of Facts and Analysis in American Public Life
"Truth Decay" refers to a diminishing reliance on facts and analysis observed in contemporary U.S. society, and especially its political discourse. This report explores the causes and effects of Truth Decay and proposes strategies for further action.
The Science of Gun Policy: A Critical Synthesis of Research Evidence on the Effects of Gun Policies in the United States
This report synthesizes the available scientific evidence on the effects of various firearm policies on firearm deaths, violent crime, the gun industry, participation in hunting and sport shooting, and other outcomes.
Following the failure of recent efforts by the United States to engage North Korea in denuclearization negotiations, the author proposed and tested an approach to negotiations, the portfolio method, that addresses the reasons for past failures.
This report offers an initial exploration of the concept of climate restoration -- that is, approaches that seek to return atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases to preindustrial levels within one to two generations.
Education and Literacy
U.S. Policy in Asia — Perspectives for the Future: Proceedings from a RAND Corporation Conference in Early 2017
These conference proceedings explore the arenas of U.S.--Asia engagement, provide an understanding of the outcomes of past interaction, and make the case for the terms of future engagement.
This Perspective -- part of a series examining critical security challenges in 2040 -- is the culmination of a series of workshops examining possible outcomes regarding the influence of advanced computing and artificial intelligence on nuclear security.
Decades of Evidence Demonstrate That Early Childhood Programs Can Benefit Children and Provide Economic Returns
An updated comprehensive review of rigorous evaluations of early childhood programs confirms and strengthens RAND researchers' findings from previous syntheses showing that many early childhood programs can improve a range of outcomes for children.