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  • Footage released by Russia Ministry of Defense on March 9, 2022 allegedly shows convoy of Russia Armed Forces combat and logistic vehicles in an undisclosed area in Ukraine, photo by EyePress News/Reuters

    Commentary

    China Ponders Russia's Logistical Challenges in the Ukraine War

    Any attempt by China to use military force to seize Taiwan would be an immense logistical undertaking requiring moving large quantities of troops and materiel across the Taiwan Strait. What then, are Chinese observers learning from the logistical realm of the war in Ukraine?

    Aug 28, 2023

  • Chairs and desks in a classroom in focus with a teacher in the blurred background, photo by AJ_Watt/Getty Images

    Commentary

    Five Charts That Tell Us About the State of Public Education Right Now

    To monitor education trends, RAND fields more than a dozen surveys per year to teachers, principals, and superintendents. Five charts highlight findings across different areas—staff turnover, teacher well-being, guns in schools, quality of instruction, and politics in schools—that say a lot about the state of American public education.

    Aug 28, 2023

  • A woman wears two masks as she walks down Broadway in lower Manhattan, New York, December 21, 2022, photo by Anthony Behar/Reuters

    Commentary

    Pandemics Don't Really End—They Echo

    Pandemics have always frayed the social fabric, disrupted economies, deepened social divides, and intensified prejudices, leaving behind psychological scars—all of which have lasting political repercussions. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will be felt long after the last rapid test comes back positive.

    Aug 28, 2023

  • U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sign the New START Treaty at Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic, April 8, 2010, photo by Jason Reed/Reuters

    Commentary

    Hard Times for U.S.-Russian Nuclear Arms Control

    New START is slated to expire in February 2026 and cannot be extended. The next chapter in U.S.-Russia nuclear arms control, if there is to be one, may not be written until rulers in Moscow ease repression at home, pull troops out of Ukraine, and recognize the mutual benefits of reducing, rather than stoking, nuclear tensions.

    Aug 28, 2023

  • RAND Weekly Recap

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    The War in Ukraine, Income Share Agreements, the Tech 'Cold War': RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on why Ukraine isn’t like World War I, an alternative to student loans, the tech “Cold War

    Aug 25, 2023

  • The ECOWAS Committee of Chiefs of Defense staff brief the press on plans to deploy its standby force to the Republic of Niger, in Accra, Ghana, August 18, 2023, photo by Francis Kokoroko/Reuters

    Commentary

    ECOWAS: In Need of Help in Niger?

    Nigerian President Bola Tinubu recently sought the Nigerian national legislature's backing for a possible military intervention by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to turn back a coup that toppled the government of Niger. An ECOWAS intervention would have a better chance of succeeding if other nations joined the effort.

    Aug 25, 2023

  • Young Japanese woman with short hair talking to a woman psychologist via video call, photo by Renata Angerami/Getty Images

    News Release

    Spending on Mental Health Services Has Risen by More Than Half Since Beginning of Pandemic

    Spending on mental health services among Americans with private health insurance has surged since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, continuing to rise even as the use of telehealth has plateaued.

    Aug 25, 2023

  • Doctor wearing PPE talking to patient in a hospital, photo by Morsa Images/Getty Images

    News Release

    Patient Experiences with Hospitals Significantly Worsened During First Two Years of Pandemic

    The experiences of patients hospitalized during the COVID-19 pandemic were significantly worse than in the years before the crisis, with hospitals with higher staffing levels holding onto better scores longer.

    Aug 25, 2023

  • Illustration of map of China and Taiwan with their flags as patterns on the countries, with shadow of China over Taiwan, photo by Rich Townsend/Getty Images

    Commentary

    These Technologies Could Defeat China's Missile Barrage and Defend Taiwan

    Earlier this year, a group of experts from RAND and the Special Competitive Studies Project launched a new wargame effort around China's invasion of Taiwan. But unlike most D.C.-based wargames, this effort heavily involved members of the commercial technology sector, to understand what near-term capabilities might be brought to bear on a Taiwan scenario.

    Aug 24, 2023

  • Syrian refugee women take their children for a walk in Izmir, Turkey, June 19, 2023, photo by Murat Kocabas/SOPA Images via Reuters

    Commentary

    Normalizing Assad Won't Solve the Syrian Refugee Crisis

    As much as Syrian refugees would like to return home eventually and as much as neighboring countries would welcome an end to the challenges of hosting large refugee communities, now is not the right time for mass Syrian refugee repatriation. Regional governments could instead focus on supporting refugees where they are, especially by allowing them to be legal, productive members of local economies.

    Aug 23, 2023

  • A school resource officer greets at student at school in Fredericksburg, Virginia, photo courtesy of Fredericksburg Police Department

    Commentary

    Is Believing Our Kids Are Safer Worth Closing Off Some of Their Futures?

    Placing an officer in a school appears to reduce violence and petty crimes within a school. But it also creates long-term negative consequences for students who are increasingly likely to become involved in the school disciplinary system.

    Aug 22, 2023

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India (r) meets Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India, June 1, 2023, photo by ANI/Reuters

    Commentary

    India Is Pushing Back Against China in South Asia

    The jostling between India and China for influence in South Asia will likely prove crucial to the fate of U.S. Indo-Pacific strategy. The good news, at least for now, is that New Delhi has been mostly successful in pushing back against Beijing's rising influence across the region.

    Aug 21, 2023

  • The Vaa family escaped the deadly wildfire that swept through Lahaina, on the Hawaiian island of Maui, August 13, 2023, photo by Mike Blake/Reuters

    Commentary

    Much of the Damage in Maui Will Be Invisible, but Very Real

    In addition to decimating buildings and other infrastructure, disasters also destroy human capital, the collective knowledge and skills that drive individual economic earnings, as well as regional economic growth. Failing to address these more-hidden damages is incredibly costly.

    Aug 21, 2023

  • RAND Weekly Recap

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    Maui Wildires, Regulating AI, Ukraine's Civilian Resistance: RAND Weekly Recaps

    This weekly recap focuses on the invisible damage of Maui’s wildfires, making the artificial intelligence supply chain safer, how Ukrainian civilians resist Russia, and more.

    Aug 18, 2023

  • Flags of United States and China on computer processors, photo by kritsapong jieantaratip/Getty Images

    Commentary

    Winning the Tech Cold War

    Emerging technologies increasingly make it possible for machines to innovate much faster and more efficiently than humans ever could. The Pentagon can draw some important lessons for technology competition with China by looking at the U.S.-Soviet race to develop nuclear weapons during the Cold War.

    Aug 17, 2023

  • Google sign is seen at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai, China, July 6, 2023, photo by Aly Song/Reuters

    Commentary

    Rethinking Who's Winning the U.S.-China Tech Competition

    The competition between the U.S. and China is a multi-dimensional contest involving technological, economic, military, and political elements. To accurately assess a nation's standing, the focus should shift from measures (raw numerical data) to metrics, which offer meaningful interpretations of these numbers.

    Aug 16, 2023

  • (l-r) U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the president’s fiscal year 2024 budget request on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., May 16, 2023, photo by Elizabeth Frantz/Reuters

    Commentary

    Defense Budgeting and the Dilemma of Lost Time

    Since 2011, Congress has routinely struggled to pass a budget on time. Instead, Congress leverages continuing resolutions to fund the government and prevent shutdowns. This flawed process that relies on temporary fixes is hampering Pentagon planning and could pose long-term risks to U.S. military readiness and competitiveness.

    Aug 16, 2023

  • illustration of virus spreading out in a network, photo by http://www.fotogestoeber.de/Getty Images

    Commentary

    Embracing the Messiness of Public-Private Collaboration in the Fight Against Botnets

    Botnets are networks of computers infected with malware that an attacker controls and uses to fulfill malicious cyber activities. Decisionmakers could incorporate a complex adaptive systems perspective to assess if their organization and immediate network, as well as the overall ecosystem, are adaptable and resilient enough to respond to botnet activities.

    Aug 16, 2023

  • Closeup digital rendering of a human eye, photo by Vertigo3d/Getty Images

    Commentary

    A Model for Regulating AI

    While AI will bring many benefits, it is also potentially dangerous. We would do well to establish a model of oversight that focuses on the three parts of the AI supply chain: hardware, the training of each model, and rigorous review before each model is released.

    Aug 16, 2023

  • News Release

    News Release

    Six Strategies to Boost Affordable Housing in NY Could Aid Creation of 300,000 New Units Over a Decade

    Six policies aimed boosting residential housing construction in New York City could spark the production of roughly 300,000 additional new housing units over a decade.

    Aug 16, 2023

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