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Recent Issues

  • RAND Review: November-December 2023 November 9, 2023

    Features explore the use of psychedelics to address depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, and substance use disorders among veterans, and the prevalence of food insecurity among active-duty military families and veterans.

  • RAND Review: September-October 2023 September 11, 2023

    Features explore the impact of four-day school weeks; the risk of people in the intelligence community experiencing trauma; and how insomnia affects societal health, well-being, and productivity.

  • RAND Review: July-August 2023 July 5, 2023

    Features explore ways to address the opioid crisis with a whole-systems approach and how truth decay—the diminishing role of facts and analysis in public life—is putting U.S. national security at risk.

  • RAND Review: May-June 2023 May 12, 2023

    The cover story commemorates RAND's 75th anniversary. One feature article explores what it would take to eliminate racial wealth disparities in the United States; another highlights a promising mental health first aid initiative in New York City.

  • RAND Review: March-April 2023 March 22, 2023

    The cover story describes how K–12 schools can build trust with students to increase threat reporting and strengthen school safety. The Q&A with Ashley Woo explores how restrictions on race- and gender-related topics are affecting teachers.

  • RAND Review: January-February 2023 January 6, 2023

    This issue explores the inadequacies of the current system of space governance; China's presence in the Arctic; abortion in the U.S. post-Dobbs; and the security and technology challenges related to Taiwan's domination of the microchip industry.

  • RAND Review: November-December 2022 October 31, 2022

    Features explore an innovative fellowship for military veterans, spouses, and caregivers; how veterans fare in the civilian labor market after leaving the military; and the impact of racism on patient safety in health care settings.

  • RAND Review: September-October 2022 September 8, 2022

    The cover story is a profile of RAND's new president and CEO. Other features explore how teachers and principals have been faring in the COVID era and how to improve media literacy among middle schoolers.

  • RAND Review: July-August 2022 July 8, 2022

    Features explore environmental racism; the economic value to the UK of improving languages education in schools; and causes of civilian harm in Raqqa, Syria, and ways to reduce civilian casualties in current and future military operations.

  • RAND Review: May-June 2022 May 11, 2022

    The cover story explores what prison-based programs are available to help incarcerated parents and their children. Another feature examines ways to help social media users navigate the online extremist ecosystem.

  • RAND Review: March-April 2022 March 10, 2022

    The cover story describes a yearlong study of a group of military veterans experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. Other features examine the global digital skills gap and the magnitude and sources of disagreement among gun policy experts.

  • RAND Review: January-February 2022 January 4, 2022

    The cover story highlights the risks of geoengineering — the large-scale manipulation of environmental processes to control climate. The Q&A with Jacqueline Burns sheds light on how her military experience informs her approach to research and analysis.

  • RAND Review: November-December 2021 November 1, 2021

    The cover story highlights how RAND is helping to redefine high-quality care for service members with a TBI or PTSD. The Q&A with two Marines who work at RAND sheds light on how their military service informs their research and analysis.

  • RAND Review: September-October 2021 September 7, 2021

    The cover story highlights strategies to mitigate homegrown terrorism and ideologically inspired violence in the U.S. A second feature describes Costa Rica's ambitious decarbonization plan and its implications for nations around the world.

  • RAND Review: July-August 2021 July 1, 2021

    One feature highlights how researchers apply an equity lens to projects on environmental racism, incarcerated parents, and the lives of Black service members; a second describes interventions to address disparities in infant mortality rates.

  • RAND Review: May-June 2021 May 6, 2021

    The cover story highlights the value of invention, analyzing the economic and social impacts of winners of the Lemelson-MIT Prize. A second feature focuses on human rights abuses against ethnic Uyghurs in China and what we know from satellite images.

  • RAND Review: March-April 2021 March 11, 2021

    The cover story highlights research on improving the police response to homelessness; a second feature focuses on the millions of caregivers who provide support services to chronically ill loved ones but are not integrated into health care teams.

  • RAND Review: January-February 2021 January 6, 2021

    The cover story on the "Internet of Bodies" highlights the perils of devices that track personal health data and provide medical treatment. Other columns explore vaccine hesitancy, the high price of insulin in the U.S., and social justice in America.

  • RAND Review: November-December 2020 November 16, 2020

    Features explore the challenge of delivering effective treatments for veterans with co-occuring disorders; teachers, students, and the importance of civic responsibility in present-day America; and teaching and learning in the age of COVID-19.

  • RAND Review: September-October 2020 September 8, 2020

    Feature stories explore how Pardee RAND is helping to shape the future of public policy through its Faculty Leaders Program; the safety and sustainability of the U.S. blood supply; and how telemedicine is changing the delivery of health care.

  • RAND Review: July-August 2020 July 13, 2020

    Feature stories explore what research says about learning loss after extended school breaks; how stress and trauma affect individual and community health; and how a critical care surge response tool is helping hospitals during the pandemic.

  • RAND Review: May-June 2020 May 22, 2020

    Feature stories explore how military and local governments can work together to prepare their communities for climate change, and the unmet needs of civilians who return from war zones and other hot spots throughout the world.

  • RAND Review: March-April 2020 March 9, 2020

    Feature stories spotlight how technology can better serve the world's displaced people, the promise of supportive housing for people with mental illness, and a RAND climate scientist's personal brush with wildfire.

  • RAND Review: January-February 2020 January 6, 2020

    Feature stories spotlight research on America's fentanyl crisis and new approaches to clinical guideline development. The Commentary column features terrorism expert Colin Clarke on the threat of white supremacists in the United States.

  • RAND Review: November-December 2019 October 28, 2019

    This issue spotlights research on veteran suicide; liability implications of driverless cars; and new approaches to improving the post-incarceration experience. The Giving column highlights a million-dollar gift to fund research on homeless veterans.

  • RAND Review: September-October 2019 August 26, 2019

    This issue spotlights a wargame designed for young women interested in national security; ethics in scientific research, particularly in areas such as artificial intelligence and machine learning; and community citizen science.

  • RAND Review: July-August 2019 July 1, 2019

    This issue spotlights a strategy to reduce roadway deaths to zero; a school principal initiative that yielded positive results for schools and students; and a data-driven effort to enhance equity in a major U.S. city.

  • RAND Review: May-June 2019 April 29, 2019

    This issue describes RAND research efforts to help schoolkids suffering from trauma; to help health care providers get better, more meaningful feedback; and to use technology to improve the lives of displaced people throughout the world.

  • RAND Review: March-April 2019 March 4, 2019

    This issue explores resilience and adaptation strategies researchers can pursue to address the impacts of climate change; security challenges posed by artificial intelligence and the speed at which technology is transforming society; and more.

  • RAND Review: January-February 2019 January 7, 2019

    This issue spotlights research on how faith-based organizations promote health and well-being in underserved communities; the Pardee RAND Graduate School's new approach to policy and training the next generation of policy experts; and the use of smart devices in the delivery of health care.

  • RAND Review: November-December 2018 November 6, 2018

    This issue spotlights RAND's research on how providers can better meet the health care needs of veterans; life as a U.S. Army private; and Air Force efforts to improve leadership opportunities for women.

  • RAND Review: September-October 2018 September 4, 2018

    This issue spotlights RAND's research on social and emotional learning; workforce development in Appalachia; and the effects of marijuana ads on adolescents and young adults.

  • RAND Review: July-August 2018 July 2, 2018

    This issue spotlights RAND's Gun Policy in America initiative and RAND's evaluation of Housing for Health, a Los Angeles County program that has moved some of its most chronically homeless and vulnerable residents into permanent housing.

  • RAND Review: May-June 2018 April 30, 2018

    This issue features research on preventing child abuse and neglect and improving outcomes for children in the U.S. child-welfare system; a look back on RAND's 70 years of innovation; and an exploration of the human side of artificial intelligence.

  • RAND Review: March-April 2018 March 5, 2018

    This issue features a Q&A with Michael Rich, Soledad O'Brien, and Francis Fukuyama on the perils of truth decay, and a story on the trend toward unretirement among U.S. workers. The Voices column features Gulrez Shah Azhar on environmental refugees.

  • RAND Review: January-February 2018 January 3, 2018

    This issue highlights RAND research on life inside the Islamic State and on the economic returns of early childhood investments, plus lessons for the U.S. from Britain's approach to free child care.

  • RAND Review: November-December 2017 October 19, 2017

    This issue highlights recent RAND research on post-9/11 military caregivers; RAND-Lex, a computer program built at RAND that can analyze huge data sets of text; and the implications of climate change on Arctic cooperation.

  • RAND Review: September-October 2017 August 24, 2017

    This issue highlights recent RAND research on North Korea; RAND's future workspace pilot project; and insights on the post--Arab Spring experience in the Middle East.

  • RAND Review: July-August 2017 July 11, 2017

    This issue highlights recent RAND research on the prevalence and burden of chronic health conditions; on the economic benefits of U.S. overseas security commitments; and on what RAND is doing to anticipate emerging global security challenges.

  • RAND Review: May-June 2017 May 2, 2017

    This issue highlights recent RAND research on suicide prevention; on the scope of the humanitarian and security crisis in the Mediterranean region; and on what RAND is doing to improve the security and well-being of people throughout the Middle East.

  • RAND Review: March-April 2017 March 7, 2017

    This issue highlights RAND research on the significant toll that poor sleep takes on society; ways to maximize benefits of investments in electricity infrastructure; social determinants of health; and RAND's new office in the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • RAND Review: January-February 2017 January 12, 2017

    This issue highlights ways that RAND researchers on the ground in Uganda are having a measurable impact on the lives of men and women struggling with HIV and depression. The issue also features a tribute to the late economist Charles Wolf Jr.

  • RAND Review: November-December 2016 October 17, 2016

    This issue highlights the policy issues facing the next U.S. president; the problem of food, energy, and water scarcity throughout the world; and the connection between violence against women and murder.

  • RAND Review: September-October 2016 August 29, 2016

    This issue highlights transgender personnel in the U.S. military; promising evidence on personalized learning in U.S. classrooms; a Q&A on gaming and public policy; excerpts from John Lewis' Pardee RAND commencement address, and more.

  • RAND Review: July-August 2016 June 27, 2016

    This issue highlights the stress of military deployments and resilience of military families; RAND research on cybercrime, network defense, and data breaches; the 40th anniversary of RAND's landmark Health Insurance Experiment; and more.

  • RAND Review: May-June 2016 May 2, 2016

    This issue highlights integrative medicine and the future of health care; the RAND American Life Panel; a commentary on how to expedite the process of resolving open cases at Guantánamo Bay; women soldiers on the special ops battlefield; and more.

  • RAND Review: March-April 2016 February 29, 2016

    This issue highlights RAND research on new ways to measure wellbeing in cities; effects of cigarette advertising on teens; supermarkets in so-called "food deserts"; the decline of civics education in American schools; and more.

  • RAND Review: January-February 2016 January 11, 2016

    This issue highlights RAND research findings on the effectiveness of correctional education in U.S. prisons; an exploration of how emerging technologies present an ongoing challenge to the criminal-justice community; and more.

  • RAND Review: November-December 2015 October 19, 2015

    This issue reports on efforts to help veterans transition into the civilian workforce; uptake of buprenorphine as a recovery drug for those addicted to heroin and prescription painkillers; ways to combat poppy cultivation in Afghanistan; and more.

  • RAND Review: September-October 2015 August 21, 2015

    This issue of RAND Review reports on the staggering costs of dementia in the United States; the most critical global choices and challenges the next U.S. president will likely face; tips to protect the health of kids heading back to school; and more.

Archived Issues

Back issues of RAND Review are available online through 1998.

  • RAND Review 2014

    The cover story discusses the rising wave of cybercrime and possible law enforcement and private-sector responses to it. Other stories highlight research on medical innovation, U.S. security cooperation, and terrorism insurance. The voices in Public Square comment on telehealth, homeland security, dementia care, prisoner exchanges, investments in Africa, and the unrest in Ukraine, Syria, and Iraq. There is a tribute to the wisdom of Victor Hugo.

  • RAND Review 2014

    The cover story describes ways to account for climate change in water management plans, using the Colorado River Basin and the Sierra Nevada as case studies. Other features explore the burdens borne by military caregivers, the drawbacks of joint aircraft programs, and growing inequalities across the European Union.

  • RAND Review 2013

    The cover story advocates for binational U.S. and Mexican immigration and labor reforms, while two feature stories explore ramifications of the Affordable Care Act and of British, French, and German defense policies in the face of austerity. An infographic details the cost-effectiveness of correctional education programs, while the Publisher's Page outlines ways to eliminate the kindergarten "readiness gap."

  • RAND Review 2013

    The cover story examines the extent of and harms caused by sexual assault in the military, while two series explore the prospects for minimalist international interventions and the threats from cyberspace. An infographic details the rising costs of dementia in the United States as the population ages, while the Public Square section spans a wide variety of topics, including the crisis in Syria and how sleep habits affect marital happiness.

  • RAND Review 2013

    Feature stories discuss the promotion of tolerance and critical thinking in the Arab world through children's media, the challenges faced by the United States in an era of fiscal austerity, and promising models for measuring teacher performance. Two other stories highlight the National Science Foundation's role in promoting research in the United States and how RAND is helping several countries to foster technological innovation.

  • RAND Review 2012

    The cover story focuses on nine key issues in the 2012 U.S. presidential election — income inequality, health care costs, immigration reform, energy options, education, al Qaeda, Iraq, democratization in the Middle East, and China — while other stories cover the California court system, calorie counting, a National Guard program for high school dropouts, Americans' banking habits, and elections taking place this year around the world.

  • RAND Review 2012

    Stories discuss Iran's nuclear threat, social security for Mexico's aging population, programs to help veterans and their families, the costs of crime and the value of police officers, psychological operations in Afghanistan, the U.S. health insurance mandate, legal representation in murder cases, marijuana legalization, U.S. competitiveness in educational achievement, and Louisiana's plan for a sustainable coast.

  • RAND Review 2012

    Stories discuss world demographic trends, Afghan peace prospects, U.S. health care spending, California prisoner reentry, Latin American inequalities, global health, veterans' mental health, highway investments, teacher bonuses, and charter schools.

  • RAND Review 2011

    Stories discuss America after 9/11, Afghan-based solutions, Al Qaeda's narrative, air passenger security, victim compensation, military families, health insurance, entrepreneurship, unemployment, sex, Katrina families, Arab Spring, and a new RAND.

  • RAND Review 2011

    Stories discuss gays in the military, police recruitment, home health care, breast cancer, health insurance exchanges, alternative fuels, refinery taxes, alcohol prices, outer space debris, mental illness, diplomatic trends, and health care costs.

  • RAND Review 2011

    Stories discuss Haitian recovery, transportation finance, teacher accountability, childhood psychological problems, aging Americans, military savings, U.S. space systems, Middle East peace, the Wallace Foundation, and Politics Aside 2010.

  • RAND Review 2010

    Features discuss retirement patterns of baby boomers, marijuana legalization, drug enforcement in Europe, and No Child Left Behind; news items cover the Gulf coast, food allergies, the U.S. health reform law, police benefits, and Pakistani militants.

  • RAND Review 2010

    Features discuss energy strategies for Israel, the economic recession, and Iran's leadership; other items discuss the KC-10 fleet, air pollution and hospital costs, no-fault insurance, silica litigation, poverty reduction, and political polarization.

  • RAND Review 2009

    Features focus on stabilization missions, grade retention, health financing, and RAND's president; other items discuss the European Union, sodium, health insurance, retail medical clinics, energy efficiency, disaster recovery, and alcohol pricing.

  • RAND Review 2009

    A section on U.S. health care reform accompanies features on piracy, education priorities, emerging technologies, and Arkansas antismoking programs; other stories discuss climate change, parolees, oil risks, Mexican security, and global drug policies.

  • RAND Review 2009

    Feature stories discuss government cost controls, health information technology, and negotiations with Iran; other stories discuss climate change, soft power, charter schools, meth use, Hispanic enlistments, Mumbai terrorism, and Jeremy Azrael.

  • RAND Review 2008

    The cover story offers 12 suggestions for the new U.S. president; other pieces discuss education and health in China and India, health policy models, the U.S. Postal Service mailbox monopoly, a green U.S. Army, and political reform in the Arab world.

  • RAND Review 2008

    The cover story contains 11 essays that forecast 11 “issues over the horizon”; other articles discuss the invisible wounds of war, visions of the future, colleges in prisons, and nuclear deterrence for the modern age.

  • RAND Review 2008

    The cover story compares neonatal services across the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, and Sweden; other features discuss water resources management, U.S. policies in Asia, and political polarization.

  • RAND Review 2007

    The cover story issues a midterm report card for the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Other features discuss prescription drug benefit plans for the elderly and different types of ungoverned territories around the world.

  • RAND Review 2007

    Feature stories discuss the precarious posture taken by the world toward Afghanistan, lessons for the U.S. National Guard from Hurricane Katrina, and competing claims stoked by the RAND Health Insurance Experiment.

  • RAND Review 2007

    Three stories highlight the advantages of policies that have been downplayed in recent years — in defense, education, and health. Additional articles address antisocial behavior in Britain and problems within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

  • RAND Review 2006

    The cover story reports on how the nightmare of Hurricane Katrina can give rise to a better morning. Other articles discuss the all-volunteer force, better ways to improve health in developing countries, and lessons from counterinsurgency research.

  • RAND Review 2006

    Marking the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the cover story warns that we in America have succumbed too easily to fear and, as a consequence, that we risk forsaking the very things for which we are fighting. Related essays discuss suicide attacks, counterinsurgency lessons from Algeria, protection for emergency responders, and public health preparedness.

  • RAND Review 2006

    Addresses a set of shortfalls in U.S. performance in Iraq and identifies options for improvement, particularly with respect to sustaining army forces, promoting reenlistments, and rebuilding Iraqi security. Other feature articles outline sustainable global water management policies and the desired roles of police agencies in fighting terrorism.

  • RAND Review 2005

    Outlines the wisdom of bearing the up-front costs for publicly funded high-quality early childhood intervention programs so that society can reap the plentiful returns over time. Also discusses energy security, obesity, and national security issues.

  • RAND Review 2005

    Addresses the public investments and infrastructures that could help a Palestinian state succeed. Also discusses the thin deployment of U.S. Army forces, how better electronic prescribing systems could improve care, and robots on the battlefield of the future.

  • RAND Review 2005

    Asserts that it is unfair to hold students and schools accountable for success without giving them the resources to succeed; also addresses public benefits of the arts, U.N. and U.S. experiences in nation building, and access cards in the workplace.

  • RAND Review 2004

    Proposes ways to transform the U.S. military’s personnel and compensation systems. Other issues discussed include family influence on student educational achievement, lessons of the Green Revolution for the “Gene Revolution,” terrorism compensation, family planning, delayed kindergarten entrance, suburban sprawl, and airport security.

  • RAND Review 2004

    Presents data that communities can use to improve the quality of local health care, enumerates conditions that would justify a military draft, suggests ways to improve policy research, and discusses the future of American civil justice.

  • RAND Review 2004

    Argues that new threats to national security represent fundamental changes in the ecology of conflict. Related stories characterize terrorist leaders as corporate CEOs and suggest how the West could promote an Islamic reformation. A story on obesity charts increasing costs and disabilities associated with the epidemic. Shorter articles discuss the deficiencies of educational proficiency standards and the need to retain wind tunnels.

  • RAND Review 2003

    Shows how coordinated efforts among community groups and public agencies can reduce gun violence among inner-city youth; also covers expanding health insurance, defense personnel policies, the nuclear threat, domestic violence, and nanotechnology.

  • RAND Review 2003

    Discusses how lessons from the past have not yet been applied to American efforts at nation-building in Afghanistan and Iraq; also examines troop deployment levels, the transnational threat of disease, workers compensation in California, and the health-related consequences of releasing prisoners.

  • RAND Review 2003

    Examines the debate regarding the safety and efficacy of ephedra; also covers contrasting lessons from different educational interventions, a “systems approach” to counterterrorism, domestic abuse, public health, and genetic manipulation.

  • RAND Review 2002

    Portrays the plight of public policies that are subject to conflicting goals — on the national, state, and international levels — including welfare reform in the United States, air quality in California, and information technology around the world. Also discusses the battle for Arabic media audiences, the unequal treatment given to mothers of “crack babies” versus mothers of “fertility drug babies,” and the uncertain benefits of after-school care.

  • RAND Review 2002

    Since Sept. 11, 2001, RAND researchers have examined the dimensions of the terrorist threat, and the potential responses to it, in greater detail than ever before in RAND’s three decades of counterterrorism research. Other stories in this issue of RAND Review discuss why some societies die while others survive, why some drugs are regulated while others are not, and why the best kind of child care often comes from an unexpected source.

  • RAND Review 2002

    Suggests that the new national agenda of high-stakes testing in K-12 schools may be more of an academic hindrance than a help; also discusses ways to take the profit out of WMD proliferation, U.S. Army logistics, the 2002 general election, the role of moral dialogue in forming a global community, and a friendliness index for America.

  • RAND Review 2001

    Presents eight commentaries outlining complementary strategies for the long-term war against terrorism; also discusses how American arts organizations can adapt to shifting audiences and how improvements in depression care pay for themselves.

  • RAND Review 2001

    Recommends ambitious global reorganizations of the U.S. and allied armed forces; proposes a national tracking system to measure the quality of U.S. health care; and suggests that municipal power generation would be a good energy investment.

  • RAND Review 2001

    Outlines a global agenda for the United States and advocates “selective global leadership” and “strengthened and revitalized alliances”; also discusses key points in a national science and technology agenda for the new administration.

  • RAND Review 2000

    Charts the likely future course of the information revolution throughout the world and suggests an “information strategy” for the global information age; also examines youth violence, electricity deregulation, drug abuse, and terrorism and popular culture.

  • RAND Review 2000

    Special presidential election issue offers recommendations regarding several domestic and foreign policy issues that will play a crucial role in this year’s presidential election.

  • RAND Review 2000

    Argues that developing and industrialized countries can avoid both environmental and economic disaster resulting from global warming by harnessing alternative fuel technologies; also covers relations with China and U.S. military personnel issues.

  • RAND Review 1999

    Authors Martin Shapiro and Samuel Bozzette discuss how the inequities in HIV care demand remedies for U.S. health care and how quality deficiencies pervade the U.S. health care system. The review also examines the value of drug prevention programs as a means of solving the problems of substance abuse.

  • RAND Review 1999

    Authors David Gompert, Jerrold Green, and Stephen Larrabee argue that, to be successful, the European-American partnership can no longer depend on a lopsided military relationship, and that Europe must shoulder more of the burden and America must share leadership. In the review, U.S. defense planning is also discussed.

  • RAND Review 1999

    The RAND Review examines the ancient and modern forces driving terrorism today and argues that, to counteract the religious root causes of terrorism, there must be national and international leadership that goes beyond military strategy. Among the other topics explored are technology and terrorism, the ailing global economy, and chiropractic care.

  • RAND Review 1998

    The special commemorative issue celebrates 50 years of cutting-edge RAND research, detailing how RAND diversified into social welfare research and identifying important ways in which RAND research will continue to serve the crucial needs of the future.