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  • Stacks of coins with trees on top next to a light bulb with a green map of the world, on top of dirt, in front of a blurred green background, photo by Khanchit Khirisutchalual/Getty Images

    Commentary

    Budget Models Are Underselling the Benefits of Solving Climate Problems

    When Congress considers a new law or spending package, analysts calculate its likely impact on the federal budget. When it comes to climate change legislation, those numbers don't capture the whole picture. Potential savings and other benefits get significantly underestimated.

    Nov 15, 2023

  • Diverse group of academic researchers in a meeting room with a large display screen showing scientific images, photo by SolStock/Getty Images

    Commentary

    What the REF 2021 Impact Case Studies Can Reveal About UK Research

    A new study on the Research Excellence Framework 2021 impact case studies demonstrates the rich and varied impacts of UK research, and the extensive contribution of UK institutions and the academic community both nationally and globally.

    Nov 15, 2023

  • U.S. Coast Guard officers watch over more than 54,500 pounds of cocaine and 15,800 pounds of marijuana seized from multiple interdictions before they are unloaded from the Coast Guard Cutter James at Port Everglades, Florida, February 17, 2022, photo by Marco Bello/Reuters

    Testimony

    Ways to Enhance the U.S. Coast Guard's Interdiction Efforts

    Effective partnerships and investment in technology are essential for successful drug and migrant interception and international fisheries law enforcement. The U.S. Coast Guard's efforts could be improved through better information-sharing and leveraging of existing technology, and further interagency and international collaboration and cooperation.

    Nov 14, 2023

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in San Francisco to attend the APEC Summit in San Francisco, California, November 14, 2023, photo by Brittany Hosea-Small/Reuters

    Commentary

    Biden Should Call China's Bluff on Responsible AI to Safeguard the 2024 Elections

    Few in the Biden administration will be surprised to learn that Beijing is lying about its intentions and activities when it comes to influence operations. But lies, maybe even especially blatant ones, present diplomatic opportunity.

    Nov 14, 2023

  • A man passes the front gate of Sejm (lower house of Polish parliament) before the first session of the newly elected Polish parliament in Warsaw, Poland, November 13, 2023, photo by Kacper Pempel/Reuters

    Commentary

    Cherish Allies While You Can: What Should the U.S. Do To Support the Incoming Polish Government?

    Plenty has been said about what lessons Poland's recent elections hold for pro-democracy forces across the wider West, as well as the message this election sends about a feared inevitability of autocracy, and the significance of this opposition win for European security. But what does the election of an opposition alliance mean for U.S. relations with Warsaw?

    Nov 14, 2023

  • U.S. President Joe Biden shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping as they meet on the sidelines of the G20 leaders' summit in Bali, Indonesia, November 14, 2022, photo by EyePress News/Reuters

    Media Advisory

    RAND Experts Available to Discuss U.S.-China Issues Ahead of APEC 2023 Ministerial Meetings

    RAND experts are available to discuss issues likely to be taken up by U.S. President Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. Among them are a resumption of direct communication between the two nations' militaries, U.S. expansion of export controls on semiconductor chips, Taiwan, China's assistance to Russia in the Ukraine conflict, China's economic relationship with Iran and implications for the war in the Middle East, and human rights.

    Nov 14, 2023

  • An Israeli soldier moves through a building in the northern Gaza Strip, November 8, 2023, photo by Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

    Commentary

    Why the Oct. 7 Attack Wasn't Israel's 9/11

    There are some basic strategic lessons to be learned from the U.S. response to 9/11 that are applicable to Israel's unfolding operation in Gaza. But in many key ways, the two conflicts couldn't be further apart.

    Nov 13, 2023

  • High-voltage power lines with colorful sunset in the background, photo by Yelantsevv/Getty Images

    Commentary

    An Affordable Energy Transition Will Require Supportive and Sensible Regulation

    The transition to decarbonize the grid and to electrify end uses to reduce emissions will be challenging, and customer bills may increase in the short term. Regulators can help to keep utilities financially healthy and make a smoother energy transition possible.

    Nov 13, 2023

  • Petty Officer 3rd class Brandon New, a crew member of Coast Guard Cutter Bear stands security watch during a drug offload at Miami, Florida, June 16, 2023, photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Eric Rodriguez/U.S. Coast Guard

    Media Advisory

    RAND's Aaron Davenport to Testify Before House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee About Enhancing U.S. Coast Guard Interdiction

    Aaron Davenport, associate director of the RAND Homeland Security Research Division's Infrastructure, Immigration, and Security Operations Program and a retired senior officer in the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), will testify before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation during a hearing examining Coast Guard efforts in drug enforcement, illegal migration, and IUU fishing.

    Nov 13, 2023

  • RAND Weekly Recap

    Blog

    Supporting Veterans, Israel-Hamas War, AI and Geopolitics: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on supporting America's veterans, what Israel's ground offensive in Gaza can and cannot accomplish, how AI might affect the rise and fall of nations, and more.

    Nov 10, 2023

  • Historic New York City apartment building with many windows and fire escapes, photo by deberarr/Adobe Stock

    Essay

    How New York City Can Make Housing More Affordable

    With few vacancies, rents in New York City have become some of the most unaffordable in the world. People with subsidized housing vouchers often have nowhere to go to use them. Housing production is a critical part of any solution to housing affordability—in New York and elsewhere.

    Nov 10, 2023

  • An open prescription bottle and capsule of LSD, photo courtesy of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies

    Essay

    Therapeutic Use of Psychedelics in Treating PTSD and Depression Among Veterans

    Clinical trials have shown that psychedelics can have a positive effect on mental health conditions like PTSD or depression for some people. Enthusiasm for these treatments has grown among veterans and providers who work with military populations. The VA should invest in research and provide guidance on psychedelics.

    Nov 8, 2023

  • A loitering munition UAV on display as Taiwan's Defence Ministry showcases its domestically developed drones to the media in Taichung, Taiwan, March 14, 2023, photo by Ann Wang/Reuters

    Commentary

    Chinese Strategists Evaluate the Use of 'Kamikaze' Drones in the Russia-Ukraine War

    Both Russia and Ukraine have used loitering munitions successfully in the current war, and China is watching closely. Chinese strategists are likely already considering how to refine offensive tactics and improve defensive countermeasures in the context of a Taiwan scenario.

    Nov 7, 2023

  • U.S. Marines run into the ocean during Marine Aviation Support Activity 23 in Palawan, Philippines, July 16, 2023, photo by Lance Cpl. Keegan Jones/U.S. Marine Corps

    Commentary

    China's Gray-Zone Tactics Show the U.S.-Philippine Alliance Is Working

    The United States should continue to offer military assistance and training to the Philippines so that Manila can increasingly counter China on its own while Washington continues to remind and warn Beijing that Article V must not be violated. This is the least risky option that also holds the greatest chance of success.

    Nov 7, 2023

  • Capsule of herbal medicine alternative healthy care with stethoscope on wooden background, photo by kerdkanno/Getty Images

    Announcement

    Federal Grant Will Support Research Infrastructure for Complementary and Integrative Health

    The nonprofit RAND Corporation has received a $6 million federal grant to support research expertise and participation at academic institutions that educate practitioners in complementary and integrative health.

    Nov 7, 2023

  • An Israeli artillery unit fires from an undisclosed location near the Gaza Strip border, November 6, 2023, photo by Ilan Rosenberg/Reuters

    Commentary

    What Israel's Ground Offensive Can—and Cannot—Accomplish

    Weeks after terrorist attacks left 1,400 Israelis dead, Israel has started its much-anticipated ground offensive in Gaza. But what can such an operation hope to achieve, and why launch such a campaign now?

    Nov 6, 2023

  • A green apple in an otherwise empty grocery store cart, photo by Dori Walker/RAND Corporation

    Essay

    Why Are U.S. Military Families Experiencing Food Insecurity?

    Around a quarter of active-duty service members qualify as “food insecure.” But what's causing that, how to fix it—even what it means—is not clear. Food insecurity is a multifaceted problem that needs multifaceted solutions.

    Nov 6, 2023

  • NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a press conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, October 11, 2023, photo by Johanna Geron/Reuters

    Commentary

    NATO Needs a Plan for Military and Nonmilitary Instruments of Power to Work Together

    To adapt to changes in warfighting, NATO is developing a multi-domain operations warfighting concept. But for this concept to be successful, it must include a plan to manage military operations' increasing reliance on and interaction with nonmilitary instruments of power.

    Nov 6, 2023

  • U.S. service members participate with allies and partners from multiple nations in exercises throughout West Virginia, May and June 2023, photo by Staff Sgt. Jake SeaWolf/U.S. National Guard

    Commentary

    Winning the Irregular World War

    If the United States hopes to prevail in an asymmetrical world war, it must upgrade its abilities to provide self-defense and resistance support to its allies and partners, and better coordinate its disparate efforts to counter Russia and China across departments and agencies.

    Nov 6, 2023

  • Looking over the shoulder of an elderly woman on a smart tablet consulting with a doctor, photo by Rido/Adobe Stock

    Announcement

    University of Oxford and RAND Europe partner to launch DECIDE: The Oxford-RAND Europe Centre for Rapid Evaluation of ...

    RAND Europe and the University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences are excited to launch the DECIDE (Digitally Enabled Care in Diverse Environments) initiative, to help transform healthcare through rapid evaluation of technology-enabled remote monitoring.

    Nov 6, 2023

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