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Working for peace at RAND

Published 1987

by Harriet Kofalk

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Based on a series of talks in Los Angeles junior and senior high schools, this paper presents both the author's personal experiences in "practicing peace" and a nontechnical overview of RAND work. It describes RAND as a place where people address world issues, including peace, and where interdisciplinary research is synthesized into recommendations from which others can make decisions. But it makes the point that RAND research does not make policy decisions. Policy analysis, like that done at RAND, helps people learn how to resolve conflicts in social and military issues. The author points out how to apply these principles to resolve personal conflicts as well. She concludes by suggesting that peace on a personal level is a key to cooperation on a larger scale.

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