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RAND's international affairs research comprises a range of cross-cutting issues, including global economies and trade, space and maritime security, diplomacy, global health and education, nation building, and regional security and stability. RAND also analyzes the policies and effectiveness of international organizations such as the UN, NATO, European Union, and ASEAN.

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    Why the United States Will Need a New Foreign Policy in 2020

    May 26, 2020

    Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States faced a growing strategic predicament: U.S. challenges are mounting and its international commitments increasingly outstrip its means to fulfill them. Since the pandemic, these problems have only multiplied. No matter who wins the 2020 election, big changes in America's foreign policy could be on the horizon.

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    Needed: A Blueprint for a Post-Vaccine World

    May 11, 2020

    When a COVID-19 vaccine is developed, many in rich countries may be able to afford it while the poor and uninsured may not. The time to plan for equitable access, financing, intellectual property rights, and global production is now.

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