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  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects a long and medium-range ballistic rocket launch drill in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang on August 30, 2017


    Beyond Strategic Patience with North Korea: What Comes Next?

    North Korea says that nuclear weapons are essential to regime survival. The United States should figure out how to persuade the North Korean regime that it is less likely to survive by posing a nuclear threat than by cooperating with the international community.

    Sep 8, 2017

  • Students sleeping on their desks


    If Teenagers Get More Sleep, California Could Gain Billions

    Two key effects of better-rested teens are improved academic performance and reduced motor vehicle crashes. Delaying school start times to 8:30 a.m. could result in economic benefits that would be realized within a matter of years — $10 billion in California alone.

    Sep 7, 2017

  • U.S. ground troops patrol while robots carry their equipment and drones serve as spotters


    Artificial Intelligence and the Military

    AI has many possible applications for the military, such as providing unpredictable and adaptive adversaries for training fighter pilots. But what are the implications of AI adoption?

    Sep 7, 2017

  • News Release

    Private Payments for Hospital Care in Indiana Are High Relative to Similar Payments Made by Medicare

    The prices that large employers pay for hospital care in Indiana are high relative to national norms and are increasing over time relative to the prices that Medicare pays for the same services.

    Sep 7, 2017

  • Announcement

    Statement About John P. White

    The RAND Corporation notes with regret the death of John P. White, whose long career in public service included serving as deputy secretary of defense in the Clinton administration. At RAND, he was a research economist in the 1960s and 1970s who rose to become senior vice president for national security research programs.

    Sep 7, 2017

  • Media Advisory

    The State of the American Worker to Be Topic at RAND Policy Forum

    A panel of RAND analysts will discuss emerging trends in the labor market and policy options to address inequality and jobs of the future.

    Sep 7, 2017

  • Manual handbook for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with a stethoscope and prescription medication bottle

    Media Advisory

    Expert Available to Discuss Bipartisan Efforts to Stabilize Healthcare Market

    Christine Eibner, a RAND senior economist, is available to address possible changes to the Affordable Care Act including the bipartisan momentum to stabilize the health insurance exchanges, cost sharing subsidies, potential funding cuts for Medicaid, and the challenges facing enrollees in 2018.

    Sep 6, 2017

  • Residents wade through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Beaumont Place, Houston, Texas, August 28, 2017


    Anticipating Harvey's Toll on Health and Health Care

    After Hurricane Harvey, challenges to the health of affected communities and the health care systems that serve them are expected to grow. Among the problems are closures of hospitals, pharmacies, and dialysis centers. Lessons from Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy could help relief efforts.

    Sep 5, 2017

  • RAND future workspace office in DC


    What Happens When RAND Rethinks Its Workspace

    In an economy that increasingly values ideas over tasks, companies are breaking down office walls, scrapping the idea of a nine-to-five, and doing away with cubicles. A RAND project shows how a modern workspace can be conducive to both collaboration and individual work.

    Sep 5, 2017

  • A police van parks near pots placed to prevent possible attacks on a pedestrian street in Madrid, Spain, August 18, 2017


    Vehicular Terrorism: Weighing the Benefits, and Worth, of Prevention

    The terrorist attack in Barcelona has added urgency to discussions of what can be done to prevent terrorists from using vehicles as weapons. Many potential security measures would be disruptive, costly, and could easily be circumvented by a determined terrorist.

    Sep 5, 2017

  • Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service soldiers perform reloading drills with their M-4 rifles during refit training near Baghdad, Iraq, July 13, 2016


    Managing Chaos in an Era of Great Power Competition

    As Washington policymakers seek a new strategic course, U.S. national security strategy should not neglect the importance of competition short of armed conflict. A U.S. strategy that incorporates this perspective from the beginning could manage chaos at a reasonable cost.

    Sep 5, 2017

  • News Release

    Treatment for Opioid or Alcohol Abuse Can Be Successful in Primary Care Settings

    Combining substance abuse treatment with regular medical care can successfully treat people with opioid or alcohol addiction, providing an option that might expand treatment and lower the cost of caring for people caught up in the nation's opioid epidemic.

    Sep 5, 2017

  • An Airman assigned to the 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron reunites with his family during the squadron’s return to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Oct. 12, 2016

    News Release

    RAND Corporation Administering 2017 Air Force Community Feedback Tool

    Researchers from the RAND Corporation are administering an Air Force-sponsored survey to provide members of the Air Force community an opportunity to speak out on the challenges they face and the services they find most helpful.

    Sep 5, 2017

  • North Korea missile and flag

    Media Advisory

    RAND Experts Available to Discuss U.S.-North Korea Rising Tensions

    RAND experts are available to comment on North Korean nuclear, chemical and biological weapon threats, options the Trump administration should consider to avoid any further escalation, and China's growing concerns about maintaining stability on the Korean Peninsula.

    Sep 5, 2017

  • Muslims listen to a Turkish imam during Friday prayers at the Turkish Kuba Camii mosque in Cologne's district of Kalk, Germany, October 14, 2016


    Countering Violent Islamist Extremism: The Value of Words Over War

    It is highly probable that the world will witness more attacks on civilian-centric locations as groups like the Islamic State group try to prove their continued relevance. Governments need a more nuanced strategy aimed at helping communities counter the conditions that contribute to extremist violence.

    Sep 1, 2017

  • A young woman holding pliers as she makes jewelry


    Why More Young Workers Are Relying on Financial Help from Parents

    As today's young adults grapple with a difficult job market, high tuition costs, and rapidly rising rents, parents are increasingly providing financial support and other forms of assistance.

    Aug 31, 2017

  • A stressed businesswoman holds her head in her hands


    Many Americans Face Bullying, Harassment, and Abuse at Work, but Bosses Can Help

    Workers are experiencing high levels of hostile behaviors at work. Nearly one in five American workers have been subjected to some form of verbal abuse, unwanted sexual attention, threats, or humiliating behavior at work, with younger non-college educated workers bearing the most risk.

    Aug 30, 2017

  • An Afghan tribal elder speaks to key leaders with the National Police, Afghan National Army, and Task Force Southwest during a shura at Camp Nolay, Helmand, Afghanistan, May 25, 2017


    President Trump's Recommitment to Nation-Building in Afghanistan

    In his speech on Afghanistan, President Trump maintained his stance against nation-building. But like President Obama's policy, the refreshed approach hinges on the U.S. developing Afghan government capabilities to fight the Taliban, provide for the country's long-term security, and serve as a counterterrorism partner.

    Aug 30, 2017

  • News Release

    Shifting School Start Times Could Contribute $83 Billion to U.S. Economy Within a Decade

    A state-by-state analysis (in 47 states) of the economic implications of a shift in school start times in the U.S., shows that a nationwide move to 8.30 a.m. could contribute $83 billion to the U.S. economy within a decade. These gains would be realized through higher academic and professional performance, and reduced car crash rates.

    Aug 30, 2017

  • A delivery driver in the driver's seat with a clipboard and box


    What Autonomous Vehicles Could Mean for American Workers

    Autonomous vehicles are projected to hit American roads within the next few years. They promise safer transportation, greater mobility for millions of Americans, and other benefits. But they will also have enormous impacts on the workforce.

    Aug 29, 2017

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