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  • People using smart watch and smartphone mobile devices to track health and fitness, illustration by Wanlee Prachyapanaprai/Getty Images

    Commentary

    Digital Health Products Miss a Massive and Crucial Piece of a Person's Health

    Our health is heavily influenced by our surroundings—including the health of the people around us. For digital health companies to credibly claim to improve people's health, their next step could be an increased willingness to look beyond an individualized notion of health and to work with public health agencies.

    Dec 27, 2022

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern shake hands before the meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, April 1, 2019, photo by Kenzaburo Fukuhara/Pool via Reuters

    Commentary

    New Zealand Is Done with Speaking Softly to China

    In three short years, New Zealand has gone from saying next to nothing about China to saying quite a lot. What has prompted New Zealand to suddenly take a firmer stand on China?

    Dec 21, 2022

  • Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Bucha, outside Kyiv, April 4, 2022, photo by Marko Djurica/Reuters

    Media Advisory

    RAND Experts Available to Discuss Ukraine President Zelenskyy's Address to U.S. Congress

    RAND Corporation experts are available to discuss Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's address to a joint session of Congress scheduled for 7:30pm ET today. They may be reached before and after this evening's speech to discuss military, economic, and humanitarian aspects of the war.

    Dec 21, 2022

  • Two FDNY EMTs stand next to ambulances parked outside the Emergency entrance to Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, New York, April 28, 2022, photo by Anthony Behar/Sipa USA via Reuters Connect

    Commentary

    Toward 'Smarter' Federal Funding of Public Health Emergencies

    The next public health emergency or large-scale disaster may be looming. It may be time to rethink the way federal relief funds are sought and allocated so that aid is more rapidly, accurately, and fairly distributed to hospitals and health systems. This could help ensure patients and communities get the care when and where they need it when crisis hits.

    Dec 20, 2022

  • Two hands shake, one wearing a military uniform, the other in a white cuff, superimposed over a military discharge form, photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ter Haar/U.S. National Guard

    Commentary

    The Precarious Transition of Unvaccinated Service Members

    U.S. service members separated from the military for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine were largely separated with a general discharge under honorable conditions. While they may be eligible for health care and disability compensation from the VA, they are not eligible for G.I. Bill benefits. How have they fared as they entered civilian society unvaccinated and with limited benefits?

    Dec 19, 2022

  • Chicago Police Department recruits take their oath of office during their graduation ceremony in Chicago, Illinois, April 21, 2014, photo by Jim Young/Reuters

    Commentary

    A Way Forward for Police Recruiting

    Police recruiting is in a prolonged crisis. Without sufficient numbers of quality recruits who will form the foundation of change in policing in the coming decade, no amount of planning, strategies, or programs will succeed. It is critical to draw from a pool of interested persons who are diverse, eclectic, technologically adept, and who have a spirit of community service that is the core of public safety professions.

    Dec 16, 2022

  • Jason Matheny, president and CEO of the RAND Corporation, photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND Corporation, image by Kekeli Sumah/RAND Corporation

    Commentary

    Ten Things That Inspired Me in 2022

    It would be impossible to capture all the important work that RAND does in a year. But RAND president and CEO Jason Matheny has compiled ten times he was inspired by RAND's efforts to bring insight to some of the biggest policy stories of 2022.

    Dec 15, 2022

  • California poppies on a hillside with a blue sky with fluffy clouds in the distance, photo by nkbimages/Getty Images

    Commentary

    California's Ambitious Decarbonization Plan Hasn't Been Future-Proofed

    California has an ambitious blueprint to make the state carbon-neutral by 2045. But there's been no integrated stress test of the whole plan. The state needs and deserves a future-proofed, stress-tested plan that all Californians can trust to achieve its climate goals.

    Dec 15, 2022

  • People walk across Red Square near St. Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin's Spasskaya Tower in central Moscow, Russia, September 21, 2022, photo by Evgenia Novozhenina/Reuters

    Commentary

    The Trouble with Russian Blacklisting

    Analysis, informed by interactions with Russians, offers Western leaders a window into Russia. Blacklists hinder this process. With the stakes so high, much depends on experts' success in getting their analysis right.

    Dec 15, 2022

  • Soldiers from the Asymmetric Warfare Group move a 300-pound bag down a gravel road during a predeployment exercise at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, April 25, 2012, photo by Lt. Col. Sonise Lumbaca/U.S. Army

    Commentary

    Mastering Irregular Warfare

    The U.S. military has failed to master irregular warfare above the tactical level. This is not a new problem, and it is one that has been recognized by leaders at the most senior echelons of government. There are several steps that the DoD and U.S. Congress might consider to develop the mastery of irregular warfare that the United States needs.

    Dec 14, 2022

  • (l-r) Moderator Jamie Morin and panelists Bruce McClintock, Debra Emmons, and Marin Halper at the West Coast Aerospace Forum in Santa Monica, California, December 2, 2022, photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND Corporation

    Blog

    Can the War in Ukraine Help the United States Address Security Concerns in the Indo-Pacific?

    Even as the Russian military continues to struggle in Ukraine, Air Force leaders and top national security experts at the 2022 West Coast Aerospace Forum warned not to expect similar outcomes in a potential conflict with China. The 7th annual event focused on applying lessons learned from Russia's invasion of Ukraine to the security challenges in the Indo-Pacific.

    Dec 14, 2022

  • F-2 Fighters from the 8th Air Wing of Japan Air Self-Defense Force hold a joint military drill with the United States off Japan's southernmost main island of Kyushu, Japan, November 5, 2022, photo by Joint Staff Office of the Defense Ministry of Japan/Reuters

    Commentary

    Japan's Upcoming Defense Efforts

    The Japanese government looks set to release three important documents shortly: a new National Security Strategy and two defense documents that lay out spending priorities over the next ten years and five years. In preparation for the release of these documents, here are six areas that could be candidates not only to receive a greater prioritization of resources, but also greater scrutiny.

    Dec 13, 2022

  • A voter waits to cast his ballot in the 2022 U.S. midterm elections at Considine Little Rock Recreation Center in Detroit, Michigan, November 8, 2022, photo by Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters

    Commentary

    Whether Democracy Is Eroding or on the Upswing Depends on What State You Live In

    Voter laws, civic education opportunities, and trust in government are all important aspects of democracy that impact individuals' civic participation. If policymakers had better ways to measure and monitor this “civic infrastructure” beyond just voter turnout, a different, more complicated but complete picture of our democracy would likely emerge.

    Dec 13, 2022

  • A man looks in through a gap in a barrier in a residential area, after the lockdown placed to curb the COVID-19 outbreak was lifted in Shanghai, China, June 7, 2022, photo by Aly Song/Reuters

    Media Advisory

    China and the Pandemic: Implications of Easing Zero-COVID Rules

    RAND researchers will discuss the risk of a rapid spread of COVID-19 Omicron variant cases in China following its easing of COVID rules, as well as potential domestic and global implications.

    Dec 13, 2022

  • Kim Jong -un and his daughter attend a photo session with the scientists, engineers, military officials and others involved in the test-fire of the country's new Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile in this undated photo released on November 27, 2022, photo by KCNA via Reuters

    Commentary

    North Korea's Version of 'Take Your Daughter to Work Day'

    With the spotlight having long been fixed on the nuclear issue, the public debut of Kim Jong-un's “most beloved” child seems as though it could be an impeccably timed distraction to keep the international community from focusing on seeking an enduring solution to Pyongyang's rapidly advancing weapons systems.

    Dec 12, 2022

  • Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Daniel Acosta uses a Long Range Acoustic Device to hail a suspect vessel during an exercise aboard the USS New Orleans in the Philippine Sea, August 26, 2020, photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelby Sanders/U.S. Navy

    Commentary

    Nonlethal Weapons Can Play a Growing Role in U.S. Defense

    Overcoming the web of factors inhibiting the use of nonlethal weapons will take sustained effort over time, but can have a powerful impact on the United States' ability to achieve its national security goals while avoiding unnecessary conflict.

    Dec 12, 2022

  • RAND Weekly Recap

    Blog

    The Racial Wealth Gap, the Effects of Long COVID, Teacher Diversity: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on understanding the racial wealth gap, why long COVID may threaten the U.S. economy, what prevents people of color from becoming and staying teachers, and more.

    Dec 9, 2022

  • Road sign reading Stop Gun Violence in front of city buildings, photo by gerenme/Getty Images

    Commentary

    Historic Research Conference Combats the Rise in Gun Violence

    With new funding for gun violence prevention research, projects are beginning to produce findings. To capitalize on the new findings and help integrate the growing field of researchers working on gun violence prevention, RAND partnered with other research programs to organize the 2022 National Research Conference on Firearm Injury Prevention.

    Dec 9, 2022

  • Chinese tanks at the Army Institute in Kampong Speu province, Cambodia, March 12, 2015, photo by Pring Samrang/Reuters

    Commentary

    How China Is Building Influence Through Arms Sales

    China may be using arms sales to strengthen alliances around the South China Sea and counter the United States' regional alliances. Beijing's security relationships around the South China Sea could be a harbinger of what it might replicate in Africa and possibly Latin America.

    Dec 9, 2022

  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India, December 6, 2021, photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times/Sipa USA via Reuters

    Commentary

    India Upholds the Rules-Based Liberal International Order—But in Its Own Way

    Contrary to continued U.S. questions about the degree of New Delhi's commitment to the liberal international order, India has shown that it is committed in its own, sometimes limited way. Of course, securing Indian national interests will always be paramount. U.S. policymakers might recognize that any additional pressure is likely to be counterproductive.

    Dec 9, 2022

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