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  • A member of the honor guard prepares during a Ukrainian flag-raising ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the liberation of the town of Bucha, outside Kyiv, March 31, 2023, photo by Gleb Garanich/Reuters


    Two Years After Russia Invaded Ukraine: Q&A with RAND Experts

    RAND experts discuss the state of the conflict in Ukraine and its prospects, the war's global implications, possible outcomes and solutions, and what the West and the rest of the world might be doing now and once hostilities end.

    Feb 19, 2024

  • PayPal logo displayed on a smartphone in front of a Stablecoin logo on a screen in Brussels, Belgium, August 8, 2023, photo by Jonathan Raa/NurPhoto/Reuters


    Corporate Crypto: Worth Taking Seriously?

    As multinational corporations explore corporate crypto, anticipating its future evolution is rife with uncertainty. Nonetheless, given corporate crypto's disruptive potential, it is crucial to consider the policy implications of this emerging technology.

    Feb 16, 2024

  • The town ski lift carries a skier and a snowboarder up to the slopes from downtown Park City, Utah, January 23, 2002, photo by Rick Wilking/Reuters


    Why a Guys' Ski Weekend Could Be Good for Your Husband's Health

    Men tend to have fewer and less diverse social relationships than women. It's time to break down the societal barriers that prevent men from forming close bonds with other men and start valuing the power of social connections for their health and well-being.

    Feb 16, 2024

  • Israeli soldiers in front of a damaged building in the Gaza Strip, February 8, 2024, photo by Dylan Martinez/Reuters


    Is Israel Losing Sight of Its Long Game?

    If Israel is to succeed in its war against Hamas, then it needs to embrace the fact that it is responsible for Gaza’s more than two million civilians and ensure their welfare.

    Feb 16, 2024

  • Israeli women, one covered with an Israeli flag, stand in front of a wall of photos of Israelis held hostage by Hamas in Gaza in Tel Aviv, Israel, November 03, 2023, photo by Gili Yaari/NurPhoto/Reuters


    Free Hamas Leaders to Free Hostages? The Bangkok Solution Is Gaining Steam.

    Israel reportedly has offered to allow Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar and other Hamas commanders safe passage into exile in return for the release of all the Israeli hostages. The circumstances are very different but the offer recalls past resolutions of hostage crises.

    Feb 16, 2024

  • Teen boy in school library with laptop, photo by Mariia Vitkovska/Getty Images


    Schools Let AI Spy on Kids with Hopes of Preventing Suicide. But at What Cost?

    As school districts use their budgets to deploy AI-based tools for suicide risk detection, it is important to recognize the known problems. More regulation is needed on the federal, state, and local levels, to ensure safeguards are in place to protect students so that this software does not end up doing more harm than good.

    Feb 15, 2024

  • A U.S. Army soldier and members of the Lithuanian Parliament take a close-up look at M1A2 Abrams tanks during a tour of Camp Herkus, Lithuania, January 4, 2024, photo by Staff Sgt. Oscar Gollaz/U.S. Army


    From Forward Presence to Forward Defense: NATO's Defense of the Baltics

    The Baltic states remain vulnerable to a potential Russian military attack due to their geography. They are watching closely as NATO begins pivoting its posture of deterrence by punishment to deterrence by denial.

    Feb 14, 2024

  • Presidential candidate Alexander Stubb attends his election reception in Helsinki, Finland, February 11, 2024, photo by Lehtikuva/Emmi Korhonen via Reuters


    How Finland Approaches Its New NATO Role Is a Key Decision for the New President

    Finland's presidential election is complete, and Alexander Stubb is the winner. As the president holds executive power to set foreign and security policy, as well as commanding the military, NATO countries are watching closely to see which course their newfound ally will chart.

    Feb 14, 2024

  • A sign at an apartment building advertising a two-bedroom apartment for rent in Los Angeles, California, March 18, 2008, photo by Fred Prouser/Reuters


    L.A.'s Rental Landscape Is Dire. It Could Get Worse

    Los Angeles is one of the least affordable places to live in the country. If the city prefers to keep strengthening renter protections while blocking developers from constructing affordable housing, residents will need to brace for a stricter, even pricier rental market under the growing watch of aggravated landlords and faceless corporations.

    Feb 13, 2024

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    Reducing Costs and Improving Access to Care: Employer-Driven Health Benefit Design Innovations: Addendum

    Document submitted February 5, 2024, as an addendum to testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on Health, Employment and Pensions on January 11, 2024.

    Feb 12, 2024

  • After the Colonial Pipeline was shut down by hackers, consumers began panic buying gas, leading to empty pumps, Falls Church, Virginia, May 12, 2021, photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters


    Threats to America's Critical Infrastructure Are Now a Terrifying Reality

    U.S. critical infrastructure has been under attack for the past two decades, with little in the way of meaningful response. What can policymakers and the public do to better address these threats?

    Feb 12, 2024

  • View of what appears to be a strategic cruise missile drill carried out by North Korea at an undisclosed location in North Korea, January 30, 2024, photo by KCNA via Reuters


    Dealing with North Korean Threats of War

    On January 10, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un abandoned decades of seeking peaceful Korean unification. He seems likely to escalate because of serious internal problems and because his Cold War approach of provocations has failed to achieve his external objectives. Has Kim really decided to go to war?

    Feb 12, 2024

  • A Ukrainian flag seen through branches covered in snow in Kharkiv, Ukraine, December 12, 2023, photo by Madiyevskyy Vyacheslav/Ukrinform via Reuters

    Media Advisory

    Ahead of Ukraine War 2nd Anniversary, RAND Experts to Discuss Challenges and Costs

    On the eve of the second anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, RAND researchers will answer journalists' questions about the war during a media call. Among the topics they will address are gridlock in appropriating new funding for Ukraine in the U.S. Congress, potential reactions by U.S. adversaries such as China and Iran, the likelihood of Russia's strategy to wait out the West, and Ukrainian President Zelenskyy's frustrations with his generals' military strategy.

    Feb 12, 2024

  • A container ship passes an oil platform at the Gulf of Suez towards the Red Sea before entering the Suez Canal, outside of Cairo, Egypt September 1, 2020, photo by Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters


    Middle East–China Trade Prospects Remain Robust Despite Red Sea Crisis

    Disruptions to shipping through the Red Sea and Suez Canal are likely to have only modest effects on Chinese goods trade with most of the Middle East but could lead to significant costs for China's global trade.

    Feb 9, 2024

  • Announcement

    Meeting the Needs Research for RAF and RN Families

    By engaging stakeholders, veterans, and families, RAND Europe researchers will construct a picture of the modern experience of Service personnel transition, where the system is succeeding, and where difficulties endure.

    Feb 9, 2024

  • NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, April 4. 2023, photo by IMAGO/Thomas Trutschel/Reuters


    Four NATO Defense Priorities for the Upcoming Washington Summit

    The upcoming NATO summit in Washington, D.C., offers an opportunity for the alliance to prioritize new and transformational capabilities. With them, NATO can continue to provide deterrence and defense for its member state populations into the future, just as it has done for the past 75 years.

    Feb 8, 2024

  • Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. and U.S. President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington, D.C., May 1, 2023, photo by Leah Millis/Reuters


    The Good and the Bad for Biden in Southeast Asia

    Since entering office in 2021, one of the Biden administration's foreign-policy priorities has been a more effective Indo-Pacific strategy to compete with China, especially in Southeast Asia. Three years on, the administration's policy has bright spots, but still lacks a clear strategy for the region.

    Feb 8, 2024

  • Fijian law enforcement officers working with the U.S. Coast Guard board a vessel suspected of illegal fishing off the coast of Fiji, April 18, 2022, photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nate Littlejohn/U.S. Coast Guard


    IUU Fishing: A Maritime Security Threat Requiring Unique Solutions

    Fish depreciate, have tighter profit margins than drugs, and have a consumer base that can impact demand. Using the weak points in illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing business models to decrease profitability won't solve IUU fishing worldwide, but it can decrease IUU fishing.

    Feb 8, 2024

  • Young child in India receiving medical care, photo by rvimages/Getty Images

    News Release

    Proper Care for Life-Threatening Child Diarrhea Is Limited by Health Providers' Perceptions of Caregivers' Wishes

    Young children in India who suffer from life-threatening diarrhea frequently are given ineffective treatments because health providers misperceive the wishes of a child's caregiver.

    Feb 8, 2024

  • A welder works on a Cougar H 4 X 4 MRAP vehicle at the factory in Ladson, S.C.


    Reform the Budget Process to Strengthen U.S. Global Leadership

    As the U.S. government confronts two near-peer challengers in China and Russia, along with mounting conflict in the Middle East, ensuring stability, predictability, and some measure of flexibility in the U.S. defense budget is more important than ever. Yet the U.S. budgeting system is in a state of disarray.

    Feb 7, 2024

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