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  • Anita Chandra speaking at an event

    Q&A

    What Communities Need to Thrive: Q&A with Anita Chandra

    Anita Chandra, vice president and director of RAND Social and Economic Well-Being, focuses on issues of health, well-being, and equity. She is researching how to create a culture of health, how to address inequities in the U.S. health system, and disaster response and resilience, especially in the context of the pandemic.

    Mar 8, 2021

  • A reconstruction of the Prussian military wargame Kriegsspiel, based on a ruleset developed by Georg Heinrich Rudolf Johann von Reiswitz in 1824, photo by Matthew Kirschenbaum / CC BY 4.0

    Commentary

    Use Wargaming to Sharpen the Tactical Edge

    As a growing consensus embraces the utility of educational wargaming, a more daunting question remains: Can the Joint Force integrate and sustain educational wargaming in the operating forces? The challenges are substantial, but they are not insurmountable. The answer depends on bold leadership, sufficient tools, and eager partners.

    Mar 8, 2021

  • Trenton Duerksen cleans a Triceratops horridus dinosaur on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, September 1, 2020, photo by Anthony Behar/Reuters

    Commentary

    Arts Policy During the Pandemic: What Are We Measuring, and What Can We Know?

    Few data sources exist for the labor market for artists. Of the sources that do exist, each measures a different, partial piece of a larger puzzle. Those studying the arts labor market will have to grapple with which data source to use, and how “the arts” should be defined before undertaking any analysis.

    Mar 8, 2021

  • High school teacher in classroom with students wearing face masks, photo by RichVintage/Getty Images

    Commentary

    Teachers Lost Out on Professional Learning During the Pandemic. Here's How Summer Programs Could Help

    For thousands of teachers across the country, 2020 was a year of uncertainty. With a rapidly changing teaching environment many teachers lacked access to their usual professional learning activities. Academic summer programs for students that also offer professional learning opportunities for teachers might be one way that teachers could make up for lost time.

    Mar 5, 2021

  • Blog

    Vaccine Hesitancy, Sexual Misconduct in the U.S. Military, the Iran Nuclear Deal: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on Black Americans’ vaccine hesitancy, sexual harassment and sexual assault in the U.S. military, rejoining the Iran nuclear deal, and more.

    Mar 5, 2021

  • A pro-government tribal fighter stands at a position where he fights against the Houthis in Marib, Yemen, October 2, 2020, photo by Ali Owidha/Reuters

    Commentary

    Pathways Toward Peace in Yemen: National Reconciliation or a 'Phased' Approach?

    Any potential pathway to an enduring peace in Yemen could take decades to recover from the economic, political, and social costs of this civil war. Our phased approach could require patience from the Yemeni people and a robust and enduring commitment from the international community. But war has brought Yemen to this point, and there are few remaining options.

    Mar 5, 2021

  • Officer Jose Ibarra and clinical therapist Cynthia Ferreiro (far left) assist a man in Indio, California, photo courtesy of Indio Police Department

    Essay

    Rethinking How Police Respond to Homelessness

    Around one-fifth of people experiencing homelessness have a severe mental health disorder. Almost as many have a substance-use disorder. Police need better policies and community partnerships to help make their response to homelessness safer, more humane, and more effective.

    Mar 4, 2021

  • Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump storm the Capitol building in Washington, DC, January 6, 2021 in this screen grab obtained from a social media video, photo by Brendan Gutenschwager/Reuters

    Commentary

    An Early Policy Victory for DNI Haines: Boost the Priority of Open Sources Information

    The quantity, quality, and accessibility of publicly available information has exploded over the past decades. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines has an opportunity to advance intelligence community mission activities on several key issues shaped by the digital information age, including the role of publicly available information.

    Mar 4, 2021

  • Teacher standing at whiteboard teaching remotely, photo by Viktorcvetkovic/Getty Images

    Commentary

    The Overlooked Support Teachers Are Missing: A Coherent Curriculum

    America is still too far off from the classrooms envisioned by standards advocates, and it will take sustained effort from educational leaders to reach these ambitious goals. States and districts could prioritize efforts to support teachers to understand and implement standards both during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Mar 3, 2021

  • Man lying in bed staring at the clok, photo by amenic181/Getty Images

    Media Advisory

    Sleep Expert Wendy Troxel Available for Interviews on Impact of Daylight Saving Time on Sleep

    With Daylight Saving Time (DST) approaching—March 14 in the U.S. and March 28 in the UK—RAND senior behavioral scientist Wendy Troxel is available for interviews about the importance of sleep and the impact that time change has on sleep patterns, physical and mental health, and relationships.

    Mar 3, 2021

  • Members of a militia group who were charged in a plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, in the state capitol building, in Lansing, Michigan, April 30, 2020, photo by Seth Herald/Reuters

    Commentary

    Implications of Domestic Terrorist Group Designations for Combating Homegrown Extremism

    It is not clear that an official designation of domestic extremists as terrorists would confer additional benefits that would outweigh potential risks to U.S. civil liberties. A combined government effort that facilitates mitigation strategies to preempt violence by hate groups, while also actively stemming the flow of online disinformation, may be a good first step in reducing homegrown extremism.

    Mar 2, 2021

  • News Release

    News Release

    Risk of Sexual Assault in Military Higher in Locations and Units Where Sexual Harassment Is More Common

    U.S. military service members who serve in locations with high levels of so-called ambient sexual harassment—harassment of others within their unit or installation—have a higher risk of being sexually assaulted.

    Mar 2, 2021

  • Stethoscope and U.S. one hundred dollar bill with face mask on insurance form, photo by aldarinho/Getty Images

    Commentary

    ACA Subsidies for Higher-Income Families Are Key to Enrolling More Americans

    The House Ways and Means Committee has proposed several insurance reforms in its emergency COVID-19 relief package, including increasing subsidizes and extending subsidies to people with higher incomes. The proposed combined approach is a far more efficient means of covering uninsured Americans than enhancing subsidies only for those who are currently eligible.

    Mar 1, 2021

  • Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, June 25, 2020, photo by Mark Makela/Reuters

    Commentary

    Why Biden Can't Turn Back the Clock on the Iran Nuclear Deal

    Enacted in 2016, the Iran nuclear deal was predicated on a geopolitical context that no longer exists. Addressing Iran's nuclear program today may require a different solution.

    Mar 1, 2021

  • A senuir Hispanic man in a wheelchair with his adult daughter, photo by kali9/Getty Images

    Commentary

    Family Caregivers Are the Health Care Workers That Vaccination Plans Overlook

    About 53 million family members and friends provide care to loved ones in the United States, representing a critical element of the long-term care system. The pandemic has made family caregivers front-line workers. They can't be left out of important discussions around vaccination priorities and how to minimize the virus's risk to those with compromised health.

    Mar 1, 2021

  • A U.S. Air Force 34th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron F-35 Lighting II conducts an inflight refueling in the skies above the United Arab Emirates, May 8, 2020, photo by Tech. Sgt. Kat Justen/U.S. Air Force

    Commentary

    What the UAE Weapons Deal Says About the United States and Its Alliances

    Various U.S. administrations have long wanted U.S. allies to do more, but in many parts of the world the most logical partners are authoritarian states with different interests than those of the United States. The sale of military equipment to the United Arab Emirates provides just the latest example.

    Mar 1, 2021

  • News Release

    News Release

    Black Americans Report High Levels of Vaccine Hesitancy, Including Among Health Care Workers

    Black Americans have a high level of vaccine hesitancy and mistrust of COVID-19 vaccines, including among Black health care workers. Those who expressed vaccine hesitancy also showed high levels of overall mistrust in the vaccine, concerns about potential harm and side effects, and lack of confidence in vaccine effectiveness and safety.

    Mar 1, 2021

  • News Release

    Bundled Payments for Surgical Procedures With Copay Waivers Creates Substantial Cost Savings

    Providing patients discounts for using medical providers that agree to charge one set price for expensive procedures such as knee replacement surgery can result in savings for both patients and payers.

    Mar 1, 2021

  • Blog

    Teachers Quit Due to Stress, Peace in Yemen, America's Middle Class: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on how stress leads teachers to quit their jobs, U.S. strategy in the Middle East, America's shrinking middle class, and more.

    Feb 26, 2021

  • Lt. Angela Sadosky takes part in a “Chalk the Walk” display for Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month in Bremerton, Washington, April 4, 2016, photo by Douglas H Stutz/U.S. Navy

    Commentary

    Sexual Assault in the Military Is Unacceptable. Here's How to Fix It

    Despite some steps taken by the Department of Defense, sexual assault and harassment prevention within the services and at individual installations could be substantially improved. The services could address the problem more systematically and comprehensively.

    Feb 26, 2021

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