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  • Protesters stormed and burned a government building in Basra, Iraq, demanding better public services amid a prolonged heat wave, September 7, 2018, photo by Nabil Al-Jurani/AP


    How Climate Change Will Affect Conflict and U.S. Military Operations

    Climate stress will become more intense and frequent throughout CENTCOM's area of operations. It may be called upon less to fight wars and more to airdrop humanitarian supplies or evacuate people from disaster zones. It should also plan to contribute to stability operations in the region.

    Mar 15, 2024

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech at the Russia-Latin America international parliamentary conference in Moscow, Russia, September 29, 2023, photo by Vladimir Astapkovich/Sputnik/Kremlin via Reuters


    We Already Know Who the Winner Will Be. What Else Does the Russian Election Tell Us?

    The outcome of Russia's upcoming election is a foregone conclusion. So why bother? Because Putin's reelection confirms that Russia is Putin. Putin is Russia. And he is in total command. This is the roadmap for the future distilled in his fifth run for the presidency.

    Mar 15, 2024

  • College students in a hallway, photo by SDI Productions/Getty Images


    Community Colleges Need Guidance and Money to Meet Today's Mental Health Challenge

    Higher education institutions play a key role in supporting the mental health of college students. But community colleges face significant resource constraints. With little guidance on how to adapt solutions originally developed for universities with more money and infrastructure, community colleges are struggling to find answers.

    Mar 15, 2024

  • Dutch submarine HNLMS Walrus in Groton, Connecticut, October 15, 2008, photo by John Narewski/U.S. Navy


    Relationships with Netherlands Neighbours Would Set the Course of Walrus Replacement

    The Netherlands recently commissioned a French company to replace the Royal Navy's four Walrus submarines. Economic and strategic considerations play a role in the decision, but policy safeguards will ensure that even a non-Dutch bidder returns industrial benefits.

    Mar 15, 2024

  • Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov during peace negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Berlin, February 28, 2024, photo by Annegret Hilse/Reuters


    The U.S. Can't Guarantee Armenia's Security, Despite Azerbaijan's Threats, but It Can Help

    The United States and its European allies cannot be everything Armenia wants and needs from a foreign partner. The West should recognize and accept Armenia's multi-alignment and focus on areas where it is comparatively able and willing to deepen ties and foster stability.

    Mar 14, 2024

  • David Ochmanek at the West Coast Aerospace Forum, December 2019, photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND


    A New Approach for the U.S. Armed Forces: Q&A with David Ochmanek

    The United States and its allies have a window of opportunity to bolster their security and prepare for the global challenges to come. But it's closing fast as China and other adversaries build up their own militaries. Business as usual is no longer sufficient.

    Mar 13, 2024

  • First-year National Hispanic Institute student Alyssa Enriquez recieves a certificate from volunteer Natalia Chapa Mills at an induction ceremony at William B. Travis High School in Auston, Texas, May 7, 2023, photo by Aaron E. Martinez/American-Statesman/USA TODAY NETWORK via Reuters Connect


    Many High Schools Across the United States Offer Limited Civics-Focused Extracurricular Activities

    Students cannot participate in civics-focused extracurricular activities if they do not have access to them. Schools can and should do more to support students' civic development, and increasing students' access to civics-focused extracurricular activities might just be one place to start.

    Mar 13, 2024

  • Freight cars with containers are loaded onto a ferry ship to be transported across the Caspian Sea, in Kuryk, Kazakhstan, June 22, 2023, photo by Jens Büttner/dpa via Reuters Connect


    The Middle Corridor: A Renaissance in Global Commerce

    The Middle Corridor's journey toward becoming a viable alternative to existing trade routes will be met with tough challenges. But with renewed international investment and cooperation, it could emerge as a cornerstone of 21st-century trade connectivity.

    Mar 12, 2024

  • Undated photo of a damaged Balticconnector gas pipeline that connects Finland and Estonia, in the Baltic Sea, photo by Finnish Border Guard/Reuters


    Undersea Infrastructure Needs Better Protection

    The seabed hosts a large number of subsea cables and pipelines that provide communications services and oil, gas, and electricity to our societies. But this critical undersea infrastructure is vulnerable, and much of it has no specific defence mechanisms. What steps can be taken to protect it?

    Mar 11, 2024

  • A brain made of circuit boards inside glowing blue and purple geometric shapes, photo by SpiffyJ/Getty Images


    Is AI an Existential Risk? Q&A with RAND Experts

    What are the potential risks associated with artificial intelligence? Might any of these be catastrophic or even existential? And as momentum builds toward boundless applications of this technology, how might humanity reduce AI risk and navigate an uncertain future?

    Mar 11, 2024

  • NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (L) meets with Czech Republic President Petr Pavel at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, April 19, 2023, photo courtesy of NATO


    As Europe's Peace Unravels, Czech Republic Ties Its Defence More Tightly to NATO

    The Czech Republic's new defence strategy emphasises its commitment to its allies and Ukraine at a time when NATO's cohesion is being challenged by both domestic and external factors.

    Mar 11, 2024

  • RAND president and CEO Jason Matheny in Washington, D.C., October 7, 2022, photo by Jason Dixson Photography


    Tech, National Security, and China: Q&A with Jason Matheny

    Jason Matheny is one of the nation's leading experts on the interplay between technology and national security. In this Q&A, he discusses semiconductors, artificial intelligence, and the future of foreign investment in the United States.

    Mar 8, 2024

  • A container ship is shown offshore at the Port of Long Beach as supply chain problems continue, Long Beach, California, November 22, 2021, photo by Mike Blake/Reuters


    Build a Strong Public-Private Supply Chain Nexus

    For a public-private partnership to work, the individual interests of the private sector must be brought into alignment with the requirements of the collective good perspective and policy goals of the public sector. Both partners have useful tools and working examples to make this vision happen.

    Mar 8, 2024

  • Close-up of a woman signing paperwork during a medical appointment, photo by Drazen Zigic/Getty Images


    Your Body, but Not Your Data

    The public needs rigorous and thorough health research, but individual patients should have rights over their medical information. Today they have very little.

    Mar 7, 2024

  • Parched banks of Nallurahalli Lake, located on the eastern edges of India's tech hub of Bengaluru that is facing water shortages, February 21, 2024, photo by Euan Rocha/Reuters


    National Security Risks from Climate Change Could Go Well Beyond What the U.S. Government Thinks

    Climate change has at least two characteristics that are likely to drive second- and third-order political and social reactions whose effects on U.S. strategic interests may be substantially greater than those that occur in direct reaction to individual extreme weather events.

    Mar 7, 2024

  • Illustration of three people taking surveys on various devices with survey on a larger screen, illustration by PrettyVectors/Getty Images


    RAND Launches National Youth Survey Panel to Elevate Student Voices in Education Research

    RAND has created a new, nationally representative youth survey panel as well as a school parent panel to gather perceptions of school, college, entry into the workforce, and respondents' take on timely topics. The RAND American Youth Panel will include 4,000 youth ages 12–21, with oversamples in the states of California, Florida, New York and Texas. The American Parent Panel will include parents of youth ages 12–17.

    Mar 7, 2024

  • Squad of soldiers running in the desert, photo by gorodenkoff/Getty Images


    Conflict in the Age of Fractured Publics

    Future real great power conflict is unlikely to resemble the world wars of the twentieth century. Instead of high-intensity wars, rivals may have little choice but to rely primarily on proxy, information, political, and economic warfare while avoiding large-scale conventional combat.

    Mar 5, 2024

  • Ukrainian national flags flutter in front of a heavily damaged apartment building in Orikhiv, in Zaporizhzhia region, Ukraine, February 28, 2024, photo by Stringer/Reuters


    Breaking the Logjam: How to Start a Process That Leads to Negotiations

    It is too early to begin real talks between Russia and Ukraine. And Kyiv would have to be in the lead when they begin. But all parties should take steps now to bring about the possibility of talks in the future.

    Mar 5, 2024

  • Flowers at the grave of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny following his funeral at the Borisovskoye cemetery in Moscow, Russia, March 1, 2024, photo by Stringer/Reuters


    Moscow's History of Unforced Errors Is the West's Hidden Advantage

    In challenging the West, Russia often shoots itself in the foot. It has done so again with the murder of Alexei Navalny. While policymakers cannot count on Russian blunders continuing, it's worth considering the number of unforced errors Moscow has committed over the years and their consequences.

    Mar 4, 2024

  • Empty table in a classroom with backpack on chair and students at chalkboard in background, photo by MANICO/Getty Images


    Chronic Absenteeism and Math Learning Loss Are Adding Up: What We Can Do About It

    It may sound obvious, but K–12 students need to attend school in order to learn. A necessary first step to helping students—particularly Black students, Hispanic students, and low-income students—recover learning in math is to support them to attend school. What can educators and parents do?

    Mar 4, 2024

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