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    How to Approach the Situation of ISIS Prisoners in Syria

    Prisons holding former ISIS fighters in Syria pose security threats and don't meet international standards. Prisoners, including youth, remain in legal limbo with no internationally agreed-on justice procedures. What courses of action and policy directions could help?

    Aug 9, 2023

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    National Public Defense Workload Study

    When public defenders have excessive workloads, they are forced to prioritize some cases over others. This inevitably causes harm. How might caseload limits help these lawyers better serve their clients—and help the justice system better serve all those who rely on it?

    Sep 12, 2023

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    Why Won't Health Insurance Companies Pay for New Drugs?

    The FDA is prioritizing listening to patients by approving treatments quickly. So why are health insurers standing in the way?

    Apr 17, 2024

  • Artisanal miners sit outside a cobalt mine-pit in Tulwizembe, Katanga province, Democratic Republic of Congo, November 25, 2015, photo by Kenny Katombe/Reuters

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    In the Congo: Applying Research to Issues of Poverty and Servitude

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo faces a series of seemingly intractable issues that have left much of its population in poverty and servitude to multinational mining interests. International engagement and research could help.

    Apr 17, 2024

  • U.S. Coast Guard boats patrol open seas in the Fifth Fleet area of operations, February 1, 2018, photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin J. Steinberg/U.S. Navy

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    Persistent Gray Zone Aggression in the South China Sea Calls for Increased Coordination in Rule of Law

    By not providing consistent leadership on priority issues, and by allowing China to assert hegemony, the United States is losing its strategic influence in the Indo-Pacific. Establishing a Combined Maritime Forces focused on law enforcement as a soft power approach would provide a cohesive structure, improved partnerships, and a clear way to push back against Chinese gray-zone tactics and overt aggression.

    Apr 16, 2024

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    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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    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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    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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    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

  • 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

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    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

    The Firearm Law Effects and Mortality Explorer provides information about the distribution of firearm deaths across states and demographic subgroups and allows users to 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

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    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

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    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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    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

  • Smoke rises following an Israeli strike as Palestinians fleeing north Gaza due to Israel's military offensive move southward at the central Gaza Strip, March 15, 2024, photo by Ahmed Zakot/Reuters

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    Learning from the War on Terror

    What's been happening in Gaza suggests that none of the lessons from 20 years of global counterterrorism conflicts were implemented there. In addition to the needless destruction and tragic loss of life in Gaza, from a military and intelligence perspective, all the hard-gained lessons from the global war on terror have been wasted.

    Mar 21, 2024

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    RAND Social and Economic Well-Being

    RAND Social and Economic Well-Being tackles some of the most critical challenges facing today’s policymakers: fostering healthy and resilient populations and environments, strengthening a fair and effective justice system, and ensuring that individuals and communities can address inequities and prosper.

    Mar 21, 2024

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    Toward Defense Supply Chain Disruption Management: A Research Agenda for Defense Supply Chain Resilience

    The authors developed a research agenda to understand how defense supply chains can better withstand unanticipated and highly impactful disruptions whose probability and impact cannot be readily calculated or quantified.

    Mar 20, 2024

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    The U.S.–China Rivalry in a New Medieval Age

    Trends like weakening governments and fragmenting societies suggest that the era of industrial superpowers is over and we've entered a new medieval age. The U.S.-China rivalry may have more in common with the fitful conflicts of the 14th century than with the cataclysmic world wars of the 20th.

    Mar 19, 2024

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    Veilige landen van herkomst: Een internationale vergelijking van de toepassing van het 'veilige landen van herkomst'-concept in asielbeleid: [Safe countries of origin: An international comparison of the application of the 'safe countries of origin' concept in asylum policy]

    Asylum applications are often expedited for asylum seekers from ‘safe countries of origin’. Since very little is known about national policies and applications, this study aims to provide insights in such policies from several EU Member States.

    Mar 19, 2024

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech at the Russia-Latin America international parliamentary conference in Moscow, Russia, September 29, 2023, photo by Vladimir Astapkovich/Sputnik/Kremlin via Reuters

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    We Already Know Who the Winner Will Be. What Else Does the Russian Election Tell Us?

    The outcome of Russia's upcoming election is a foregone conclusion. So why bother? Because Putin's reelection confirms that Russia is Putin. Putin is Russia. And he is in total command. This is the roadmap for the future distilled in his fifth run for the presidency.

    Mar 15, 2024