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The cover story spotlights Bruce Bennett, a senior defense analyst at RAND who's been called "someone who has forgotten more about North Korea than most people will ever know." A second feature showcases how RAND used the research literature of office design when designing a future workspace pilot project in its Washington office. The Q&A features policy researcher Shelly Culbertson, who discusses the post–Arab Spring experience throughout the Middle East. The Voices column features Michael J. Mazaar on U.S. interests and the global community. The Giving column features Metanoia Fund founder "Ralph" Taylor, whose gift to RAND will support climate resilience research.

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