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RAND's research on law, business, and government includes analyses of the criminal and civil justice systems, governments and political systems, international trade and economic development, and the banking and finance sectors. Notable studies have addressed the effects of gun policies in the United States and liability in the age of autonomous vehicles.

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    Corporate Crypto: Worth Taking Seriously?

    As multinational corporations explore corporate crypto, anticipating its future evolution is rife with uncertainty. Nonetheless, given corporate crypto's disruptive potential, it is crucial to consider the policy implications of this emerging technology.

    Feb 16, 2024

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    The Paradox of LGB+ Employment Status According to the UK Census

    Data from the 2021 Census of England and Wales show that gay and lesbian adults are more likely to be employed than heterosexual adults—but also that they are more likely to be unemployed than heterosexual adults. What caused this paradox? And how can these statistics be better understood?

    Feb 21, 2024

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    Report

    Understanding and Improving Civilian Employer Experiences with Guard and Reserve Duty

    In this report, researchers update and extend an earlier study to document the views of employers of reserve component members and reevaluate Department of Defense policy, federal legislation, and state legislation.

    Apr 11, 2024

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    Research Brief

    Youth Law Enforcement Experience Programs as a Police Recruiting Tool

    A RAND research team identified more than 3,500 youth law enforcement experience programs and distilled lessons for law enforcement agencies that wish to develop such programs.

    Apr 11, 2024

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    Report

    Gauging What Employers Think: Lessons Learned from Fielding the 2022 Department of Defense National Survey of Employers

    In this companion report, the authors describe lessons learned from developing and administering the 2022 Department of Defense National Survey of Employers, describe the implications of the lessons, and make recommendations to inform future efforts.

    Apr 11, 2024

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    Commentary

    The Moscow Terror Attack Shows the Limits of the Russia-Iran Partnership

    Growing military and economic ties between Russia and Iran pose a threat to U.S. and Western interests. But their relationship remains largely transactional. The Ukraine war has incentivized them to paper over their disputes for now, but has not erased significant differences which make it more difficult for Moscow and Tehran to forge a true strategic partnership.

    Apr 10, 2024

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    Commentary

    How Working Conditions in Civilian Jobs Can Affect Veterans' Health and Well-Being

    Veterans are uniquely vulnerable to poor working conditions and may be more likely to work in unhealthy professions. What can be done to ensure that veterans have access to safe, health-enhancing civilian jobs after leaving military service?

    Apr 10, 2024

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    Report

    Racial Disparity Root Cause Analysis for the Department of the Air Force: Refining the Way Forward

    The Department of the Air Force released three reports in 2020 and 2021 discussing the disparities it identified for minority groups and women. The authors identified policy gaps and developed recommendations for addressing the disparities.

    Apr 10, 2024

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    Commentary

    Preparing for a Perfect Storm of Threats to U.S. Elections

    As the 2024 U.S. presidential election approaches, a “perfect storm” of threats could materialize, potentially undermining public confidence in election outcomes at wide scale. How can government officials better prepare for and respond to such a scenario?

    Apr 9, 2024

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    Report

    An Evaluation of California's Indigent Defense Grant Program

    This report presents findings from a statewide evaluation of the Indigent Defense Grant Program, which provided supplemental funding to public defenders' offices in small to medium-sized counties in California beginning in 2021.

    Apr 9, 2024

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    Commentary

    The Potential of Smart Treaties

    Blockchain technology presents numerous opportunities for the development of trade and commerce. One particularly interesting opportunity is smart contracts, an application that could have broad geopolitical implications if applied to treaties.

    Apr 8, 2024

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    Dissertation

    Identifying Communities of Interest Using Contact Graphs

    Introduces a systematic method for identifying communities of interest using contact graphs and community detection algorithms and evaluates this method.

    Apr 8, 2024

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    Journal Article

    Youth Law Enforcement Experience Programs as a Potential Recruitment Pipeline

    A RAND research team identified more than 3,500 youth law enforcement experience programs and distilled lessons for law enforcement agencies that wish to develop such programs.

    Apr 5, 2024

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Amur Oblast of the Far East Region, Russia, September 13, 2023, photo by KCNA via Reuters

    Commentary

    Putin's Embrace of Kim Jong-un Has Its Limits

    The current trajectory of North Korea–Russia relations is certainly unfavorable for the United States and its allies because it essentially gives the two nations greater wiggle room to continue their bad behavior. But all is not necessarily lost. The strategic partnership between Russia and North Korea is unlikely to be decisive for either side.

    Apr 4, 2024

  • Taiwan President-elect Lai Ching-te and his running mate Hsiao Bi-khim wave as they hold a press conference after winning the elections, in Taipei, Taiwan, January 13, 2024, photo by Ann Wang/Reuters

    Journal Article

    Xi's Cross-Strait Policy in the "New Era"

    The January 2024 election of Lai Ching-te (William Lai) as president of Taiwan will likely make the Taiwan Strait an increasingly tense and dangerous environment, with potentially significant consequences for U.S. policy and strategy.

    Apr 3, 2024

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    Informing the Gun Policy Debate

    RAND's Gun Policy in America initiative provides information on what scientific research can tell us about the effects of gun laws. Our goal is to establish a shared set of facts that will improve public discussions and support the development of fair and effective gun policies.

    Apr 2, 2024

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    Visualizing Firearm Mortality and Law Effects: An Interactive Web-Based Tool, Second Edition

    This tool provides users with information about the distribution of firearm deaths across states and demographic subgroups. Users can explore how those deaths might be affected by the implementation of a set of commonly enacted state firearm laws.

    Apr 2, 2024

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    Changes in State Firearm Mortality

    This visualization provides users with information about the rates of firearm deaths from homicides, suicides, and accidents in the United States from 1979 to 2020.

    Apr 2, 2024

  • Andrew R. Morral talks about RAND’s Gun Policy in America initiative and RAND’s important role, as a nonpartisan organization, to address controversial issues.

    Announcement

    Andrew Morral Named RAND's Inaugural Greenwald Family Chair in Gun Policy

    Andrew Morral, codirector of the RAND Gun Policy in America initiative, has been selected to serve as the inaugural Greenwald Family Chair in Gun Policy.

    Mar 26, 2024

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    Report

    Foundation Model Convening: Conference Summary

    These proceedings capture perspectives emerging from a convening focused on artificial intelligence safety and security issues, such as legal liability, international governance, and cybersecurity.

    Mar 26, 2024

  • Passengers take biometric facial recognition photos at Houston International Airport, February 12, 2018, photo by Donna Burton/U.S. Customs and Border Protection

    Commentary

    Americans Need to Know How the Government Will Use AI

    Americans have been concerned about tech-enabled government surveillance for as long as they have known about it. With the recent Department of Homeland Security announcement that it is embracing artificial intelligence, that concern isn't going away anytime soon. How could federal agencies mitigate some of that fear?

    Mar 22, 2024

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    Periodical

    RAND Review: March-April 2024

    The cover story summarizes RAND's Climate Change and Conflict project, which explores planning implications for U.S. Central Command. The Q&A with David Ochmanek explores how to reverse the erosion of U.S. and allied military power and influence.

    Mar 22, 2024