Key U.S. allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific have been strengthening their defense ties with regional actors over the past two decades. To what extent is this a response to the perceived threat of a rising, assertive China? And how will these new commitments affect the United States?
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The authors of this report examine cases from Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea to understand whether and how states use cyber operations to coerce other states or actors, and highlight the challenges of identifying cyber coercion. They also propose ways to develop a deeper understanding of cyber coercion and how to counter it.
This online tool allows policymakers and the public to examine how a comprehensive free trade agreement (FTA) among the countries of the Levant could create significant new economic opportunities, substantially reducing regional unemployment. It allows users to (1) vary key assumptions about the movement of goods, people, and capital and (2) explore different combinations of countries participating in the FTA.
This report describes how a comprehensive free trade agreement among the economies of the Levant could increase the average gross domestic product by 3–7 percent, and reduce regional unemployment rates by 8–18 percent. An accompanying RAND-developed online tool allows users to examine how and why integration yields this large economic dividend and explore the assumptions underlying these findings.
Development of a Short Form Measure of Sexual Harassment Risk in the Military: Findings from the RAND Military Workplace Study 2019
RAND has developed a new version of a Department of Defense survey used to estimate the prevalence of sexual harassment in the military. In this short version of the sexual harassment measure, the authors document a five-question sexual harassment measure that reliably predicts scores on the longer instrument. The five-item sexual harassment measure seems to be appropriate for use in military organizational climate surveys.
Manpower Alternatives to Enhance Total Force Capabilities: Could New Forms of Reserve Service Help Alleviate Military Shortfalls? 2019
Changes in employment stability, family structure, and economic pressures have created challenges for the U.S. military reserve component (RC). It is necessary to modify assumptions about Reserve duty to improve RC member recruitment, performance, development, and retention. The authors provide recommendations and analysis that will be applicable in developing and administering programs to facilitate access to civilian human capital.
The practitioners of hostile social manipulation employ social media, sophisticated forgeries, cyberbullying and harassment, distribution of rumors and conspiracy theories, and other tools to cause damage to their target state. This report represents an effort to better define and understand the challenge by focusing on the activities of the two leading authors of such techniques — Russia and China.