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  • Taiwan President-elect Lai Ching-te of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) holds a press conference following his electoral victory, Taipei, January 13, 2024, photo by Ann Wang/Reuters

    Commentary

    Why Taiwan's Voters Defied Beijing—Again

    With a third Democratic Progressive Party presidential victory in Taiwan, relations with China will only get worse. Democratic consolidation could be important in helping the island resist gray-zone coercion by the mainland.

    Jan 15, 2024

  • The U.S. Capitol, image by Douglas Rissing/Getty Images

    Commentary

    Policymaking Needs to Get Ahead of Artificial Intelligence

    President Biden's executive order on AI is a key step toward a regulatory regime that protects against AI's possible perils while balancing its potential. But more policies are needed—especially when it comes to security issues.

    Jan 12, 2024

  • A Kh-47M2 Kinzhal missile being carried by a Mikoyan MiG-31K interceptor in a 2018 Moscow Victory Day parade, photo by kremlin.ru/CC BY 4.0

    Commentary

    China Evaluates Russia's Use of Hypersonic 'Daggers' in the Ukraine War

    A Chinese review of Russia's use of Kinzhal hypersonic missiles in Ukraine is pessimistic about their ability to have a major impact on the outcome of the war. It is not yet clear how this insight will affect China's assessments of its own hypersonic arsenal.

    Jan 12, 2024

  • Artisanal miners work at a cobalt mine-pit in Tulwizembe, Katanga province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, November 25, 2015, photo by Kenny Katombe/Reuters

    Commentary

    Critical Minerals Can Pave the Road to More Robust International Development

    In the developing world, mineral extraction and processing has historically caused not just environmental contamination but also corruption and displacement of local livelihoods. There are opportunities to improve the way companies from the Global North approach critical mineral projects there.

    Jan 12, 2024

  • A multinational group of mine countermeasure ships operate in formation during exercise Artemis Trident 21 in the Arabian Gulf, April 21, 2021, photo by Spc. Theoren Neal/U.S. Army

    Commentary

    Naval Mine Warfare: Back to the Future

    Mines can help to negate the superior power of enemy fleets not only by damaging their ships, but by inducing them to avoid key waters or engage in mine-countermeasure efforts that delay and disrupt their plans. And employing a few old-style mines can be a useful complement to modern capabilities.

    Jan 11, 2024

  • Supporters of Donald Trump clash with police officers in front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., January 6, 2021, photo by Leah Millis/Reuters

    Commentary

    The Return of the Presidential Putsch

    Worldwide, there have been nine executive coups over the past decade. U.S. institutions and democratic norms survived a major test on January 6, 2021, but a host of reforms are needed to lower the risk of future executive coups. And international supporters of democracy must step up and provide more robust responses.

    Jan 11, 2024

  • Josh Eschke works in a lab at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio, photo courtesy of Lorain County Community College

    Essay

    Stackable Credentials: Making College Work for More Students

    In some fields, stackable credentials offer a promising strategy for reshaping postsecondary education and training for underserved students. Used effectively, stackable programs can provide low-income students with a path to the middle class.

    Jan 11, 2024

  • Newly recruited Houthi fighters participate in a ceremony at the end of their training in Sanaa, Yemen, January 11, 2024, photo by Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

    Commentary

    What's Behind the Surge in Attacks by Yemen's Houthis

    What can Washington do now to avoid repeating its past mistakes in Yemen and deal with the threat posed by the Houthis?

    Jan 11, 2024

  • A senior woman registers a patient at the hospital, photo by andresr/Getty Images

    Testimony

    Reducing Costs and Improving Access to Health Care

    Employers and purchasers of health benefits play a significant role in shaping the U.S. health care system. But the lack of price transparency limits their effectiveness. Access to price data is critical to ensure health plans deliver high-quality care at reasonable costs.

    Jan 11, 2024

  • Lai Ching-te, a presidential candidate of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), attends a press conference for foreign media in Taipei, Taiwan, January 9, 2024, Photo by Ichiro Ohara/The Yomiuri Shimbun via Reuters

    Media Advisory

    RAND Experts to Discuss Stakes of Taiwan Election

    RAND experts on Taiwan and the People's Republic of China are available to discuss the implications that the election in Taiwan may have for peace and stability in the region.

    Jan 11, 2024

  • Early voters brave the remains of Hurricane Zeta as they wait in line at a polling station in Annandale, Virginia, October 29, 2020, photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

    Commentary

    Preparing for Climate Change Risks to the 2024 Elections

    A natural disaster could quickly overwhelm a voting district and render prior planning moot. Officials should plan and practice how they will conduct elections in the wake of a disaster that displaces voters, destroys blank ballots, or damages election equipment.

    Jan 9, 2024

  • A U.S. paratrooper helps a woman and child evacuating from Afghanistan in August 2021, photo by U.S. Central Command Public Affairs

    Essay

    How Gender Diversity Improves Defense Operations

    It's U.S. defense policy to make sure women play a meaningful role in matters of war, peace, and security. This includes embedding women's perspectives in decisionmaking. Real-world examples show the benefits of applying a gender lens to military planning and operations.

    Jan 9, 2024

  • The da Vinci Surgery System at the Mike O'Callaghan Military Medical Center, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, April 3, 2019, photo by A1C Bailee Darbasie/U.S. Air Force

    Commentary

    Robots, Drones, and AI, Oh My: Navigating the New Frontier of Military Medicine

    The integration of autonomous drones and robotic technology marks a turning point, heralding a transformative era in battlefield care. The future of military medicine lies in harnessing these advancements while maintaining the ethical integrity and human touch essential to medical care.

    Jan 8, 2024

  • The Mother Ukraine monument in Kyiv, Ukraine, photo by Artem Hvozdkov/Getty Images

    Essay

    Postwar Ukraine: Planning for a Successful and Secure Recovery

    To rebuild successfully, Ukraine will need to come out of the war on a new trajectory. It already has an outline of what recovery will look like. The plan looks beyond the immediate damages and envisions more than $750 billion in economic support and projects that would raise a new Ukraine from the destruction.

    Jan 5, 2024

  • Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputies walk up to an apartment to carry out an eviction, in Los Angeles, California, January 13, 2021, photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

    Commentary

    California Just Banned 'Crime-Free' Housing. Here's Why Other States Should Too

    Crime-free housing policies target low-income and minority renters for eviction and violate their civil rights. That's bad enough. But they also fail to reduce crime. At worst, they're a harmful form of discrimination that leads to more crime and homelessness.

    Jan 5, 2024

  • Ray Block, Jr. speaks about Truth Decay at a RAND 75th anniversary event in 2023, photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND

    Q&A

    Countering Truth Decay: Q&A with Ray Block, Jr.

    Ray Block, Jr., leads RAND's efforts to combat Truth Decay—the diminishing role of facts and analysis in public life. It's basic disagreements over not just what's right, but what's real. He advises people to be active consumers of information.

    Jan 3, 2024

  • Healthcare worker Maria Meza measures blood sugar levels of a COVID-19 positive patient at Medical Arts Hospital in Lamesa, Texas, December 17, 2020, photo by Go Nakamura/Reuters

    News Release

    Average Cost of Providing Hospital Care to COVID-19 Patients Increased Over First Two Years of Pandemic

    The average cost of providing care to hospitalized COVID-19 patients increased five times faster than the rate of medical inflation during the first two years of the pandemic, at least partly because of the application of additional medical technologies over the period.

    Jan 3, 2024

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers a policy speech at the second-day sitting of the 5th Session of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this undated photo released on September 30, 2021, photo by KCNA via Reuters

    Commentary

    The Politics of North Korea's ICBM Program

    It appears that Kim Jong-un is now practicing ICBM politics. Successful ICBM launches generate internal political support and remind South Korean citizens of reasons to question the reliability of the U.S. nuclear umbrella.

    Jan 2, 2024

  • Abdullah Bin Sharaf Alghamdi, President of Saudi Data and Al Authority, speaks during the Global Al Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, October 21, 2020, photo by Ahmed Yosri/Reuters

    Commentary

    From Soccer to AI, Saudi Arabia Spends to Win

    The Saudis have set their sights on becoming leaders at the cutting edge of technology development in everything from biotechnology to semiconductors and artificial intelligence. And they appear to be prepared to pay top dollar to do it. This complicates U.S. critical technology strategy.

    Dec 29, 2023

  • Members of the Estonian Defence Forces are seen during Spring Storm NATO exercises near Tapa, Estonia, May 19, 2023, photo by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto/Reuters

    Commentary

    Joining NATO Is Not Enough to Defend Ukraine: Allies Must Step Up

    Any security pledges for Ukraine may be wanting unless backed up by an allied force presence. An armed peacekeeping force could lack sufficient firepower or robust rules of engagement. A stronger force would be more credible.

    Dec 28, 2023

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