The cover story presents data that communities can use to improve the quality of health care at the local level. An article on Iraq enumerates the conditions that would justify a draft on behalf of the country — and the conditions that would not. An article on U.K. policy research suggests ways to improve its commissioning, management, use, evaluation, and dissemination. Nine essays on the future of civil justice mark the 25th anniversary of the RAND Institute for Civil Justice. Shorter stories discuss the state of civil rights, the economics of unsafe sex, the Iraqi counterinsurgency, fears of terrorism among British businesses, the U.S. Coast Guard’s modernization plan, and the results of California’s 1975 legislation to reform medical malpractice laws.

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