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  • Illustration of a quantum computer, photo by Bartlomiej Wroblewski/Getty Images

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    Preparing for Post-Quantum Cryptography

    A steady stream of advances in quantum computing technology is increasing the urgency to standardize and implement algorithms which are resistant to both present-day computing and on-the-horizon quantum computing. What can we do with post-quantum cryptography now to prepare for the future?

    Apr 22, 2024

  • Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida addresses a joint meeting of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., April 11, 2024, photo by Michael A. McCoy/Reuters

    Commentary

    Japan's Remarkable Call for American Leadership

    In early April, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida appeared before the U.S. Congress and told the United States to act like a global power. But Kishida's speech contained no censure or accusations. Just a plea from one of America's closest allies to members of Congress to come back and be the champion of the international order that it knows America can be.

    Apr 22, 2024

  • (l-r) Flags of NATO, Sweden, and Finland at an event in Espoo, Finland, March 26, 2024, photo by STT-Lehtikuva/Sipa USA via Reuters Connect

    Commentary

    Sweden, Finland, and NATO's First-Class Airpower Upgrade

    After Russia invaded Ukraine in 2022, Finland and Sweden—both longtime neutral states—decided to join NATO. What do these new alliance members bring to the air fight, and how does this impact NATO strategy in the Baltics?

    Apr 19, 2024

  • Closeup of a hand giving a paper prescription to a pharmacist, photo by stevecoleimages/Getty Images

    Commentary

    Why Won't Health Insurance Companies Pay for New Drugs?

    The FDA is prioritizing listening to patients by approving treatments quickly. So why are health insurers standing in the way?

    Apr 17, 2024

  • Artisanal miners sit outside a cobalt mine-pit in Tulwizembe, Katanga province, Democratic Republic of Congo, November 25, 2015, photo by Kenny Katombe/Reuters

    Commentary

    In the Congo: Applying Research to Issues of Poverty and Servitude

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo faces a series of seemingly intractable issues that have left much of its population in poverty and servitude to multinational mining interests. International engagement and research could help.

    Apr 17, 2024

  • Medical worker wearing personal protective gear holding a vial of blood up to the camera, photo by Pollyana Ventura/Getty Images

    Commentary

    What Could Liquid Biopsy Do for Oncology in the UK and What Is Needed to Realise Its Potential?

    Liquid biopsy has the potential to provide better and quicker testing for cancer, helping to improve diagnosis and treatment and improving cancer outcomes overall. As potential useful tests emerge, now is the time to consider what is needed to put them into everyday practice across the NHS.

    Apr 17, 2024

  • U.S. Coast Guard boats patrol open seas in the Fifth Fleet area of operations, February 1, 2018, photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin J. Steinberg/U.S. Navy

    Commentary

    Persistent Gray Zone Aggression in the South China Sea Calls for Increased Coordination in Rule of Law

    By not providing consistent leadership on priority issues, and by allowing China to assert hegemony, the United States is losing its strategic influence in the Indo-Pacific. Establishing a Combined Maritime Forces focused on law enforcement as a soft power approach would provide a cohesive structure, improved partnerships, and a clear way to push back against Chinese gray-zone tactics and overt aggression.

    Apr 16, 2024

  • Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (R) and U.S. President Joe Biden shake hands at an arrival ceremony ahead of their summit meeting at the White House in Washington, D.C., April 10, 2024, photo by Kyodo via Reuters Connect

    Commentary

    Japan's Alliance with the U.S. Has Just Gone Global

    The most profound aspect of the recent U.S.-Japan summit was the underlying message: the U.S.-Japan alliance is now global. This is an alliance now focused on the public goods of global peace, stability, and prosperity, committed to jointly building a free and open international order.

    Apr 16, 2024

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers inspect a package at the International Mail Facility at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, November 29, 2017, photo by Joshua Lott/Reuters

    Testimony

    China’s Role in Synthetic Opioid Trafficking

    There are several aspects of the fentanyl global supply chain that the United States can target to influence and disrupt China’s role: money laundering and cryptocurrency, internet and social media, and border security and non–border security law enforcement.

    Apr 16, 2024

  • Undated file image of Russia Black Sea flagship Moskva , which sank on April 15, 2022 , photo by Russia Ministry of Defense/EyePress News via Reuters

    Commentary

    Can Studying Combat in the Black Sea Improve the Chinese Navy?

    Chinese military strategists have been watching the Ukraine War closely, and events in the Black Sea with special attention. Why would China be interested in uncovering the secrets of Ukraine's success against a much larger fleet?

    Apr 15, 2024

  • Taiwan map on a green digital background with yellow swirls and 1s and 0s, photo by Kreativorks/Getty Image

    Commentary

    How Would China Weaponize Disinformation Against Taiwan in a Cross-Strait Conflict?

    What might China's future disinformation operations against Taiwan focus on and how can Taipei and its partners combat them? China would likely have at least five discrete audiences for disinformation operations in mind, with specific lines of effort and goals for each.

    Apr 15, 2024

  • Smoke rises after what the Iranian media said was an Israeli strike on a building close to the Iranian embassy in Damascus, Syria, April 1, 2024, photo by Firas Makdesi/Reuters

    Commentary

    Why Russia Doesn't Want War Between Israel and Iran

    Moscow stands to lose a great deal if the Israel-Hamas conflict escalates into a wider war. While Russia would prefer the West distracted, a direct Israel-Iran conflict would expose Russia's vulnerabilities in the Middle East.

    Apr 12, 2024

  • U.S. Space Force Col. Phillip Verroco explains the layout of the Combined Space Operations Center's operations floor to members of a delegation of French officers at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, April 15, 2022, photo by Tech. Sgt Luke Kitterman/U.S. Space Force

    Commentary

    The Path to Thoughtful Allied Space Power: Progress on a Steep Road

    The road to thoughtful allied space power is steep and requires commitment to make progress. By being forthright about the prospects for cooperation, the United States will enable allies and partners to make choices about their own investments and operations that will strengthen future coalition capabilities.

    Apr 12, 2024

  • China's Qinling Base in Antarctica, February 7, 2024 , <a href=

    Commentary

    What Are China's Long-Term Antarctic Ambitions?

    The recent opening of China's Qinling base, its third permanent Antarctic station, has worried some Australian and American observers. What are China's long-term ambitions? And how should Australia and its allies and partners respond?

    Apr 11, 2024

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin lights a candle in memory of the victims of the Crocus City Hall attack at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia, March 24, 2024, photo by Mikhail Metzel/Sputnik via Reuters

    Commentary

    Russia's Disinformation Campaign About the Moscow Terror Attack May Be Working

    As far-fetched as it may seem to those in the West, the Kremlin's claim that the recent terrorist attack on a Moscow concert hall was orchestrated by Ukraine and Western powers may be convincing to many Russians. For the U.S. to address and combat these claims, it is important to understand how they are framed amid broadly propagated themes, and how these could influence their potential appeal to large swaths of the Russian public.

    Apr 11, 2024

  • M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks of the 3rd Armored Division move out on a mission during Operation Desert Storm, February 15, 1991, photo by PHC D. W. HOLMES II/U.S. Navy

    Commentary

    Assemble the Bodyguard of Lies: Strengthening U.S. Military Deception Capabilities

    Few aspects of warfare are as valuable as efforts to deceive adversaries. The U.S. military inevitably will face rivals who use deception to their advantage, so it should once again hone its own subterfuge skills—from the lowest levels, to gain a tactical edge, to the highest, to achieve strategic surprise.

    Apr 11, 2024

  • Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese speaks to the media after the release of the Defence Strategic Review in Canberra, Australia, April 24, 2023, photo by Lukas Coch/Reuters

    Commentary

    What Will Australia's Approach to Net Assessment Be?

    Australia's 2023 Defence Strategic Review is very clear: Australia must change the way it plans for and acquires defense capabilities. Doing so will require a net assessment to examine the various factors that may contribute to or detract from the country's military capabilities.

    Apr 11, 2024

  • Map or Russia and Eurasia, photo by pop_jop/Getty Images

    Announcement

    Samuel Charap Named Inaugural Distinguished Chair in Russia and Eurasia Policy at RAND

    Samuel Charap, a senior political scientist at RAND, will serve as the inaugural Distinguished Chair in Russia and Eurasia Policy at the nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization. The Distinguished Chair in Russia and Eurasia Policy will further enhance RAND's analysis of the region and of the impact of Moscow's actions on the larger geopolitical landscape.

    Apr 11, 2024

  • Vector illustration of people looking up at a large carrot dangling by a string above them, photo by mathisworks/Getty Images

    Commentary

    Carrots, Sticks, and Sermons Are Not Enough: Productivity in the UK's Public Sector

    Productivity improvement across the UK public sector has stalled in recent years. There are two main ways to address this productivity puzzle: Reducing costs, and innovative system change focussed on delivering more value with the same inputs.

    Apr 10, 2024

  • U.S. President Joe Biden welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and his wife Kishida Yuko at the White House in Washington, D.C., April 10, 2024. photo by Annabelle Gordon/Sipa USA/Reuters

    Commentary

    America's Best Friend in Asia

    Many describe NATO as the United States' indispensable alliance—and it remains a top priority. But with a growing slate of traditional and nontraditional security issues, many of which center on China, the United States' new go-to ally is Japan.

    Apr 10, 2024

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