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  • A police officer walks next to a makeshift memorial near the Crocus City Hall after a deadly attack on the concert venue in the Moscow Region, Russia, March 27, 2024, photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

    Commentary

    Biden, Burisma, and Ukraine: Why Moscow's Evolving Narrative of the Crocus City Hall Terrorist Attack Matters for U.S. Elections

    With the U.S. elections drawing nearer, careful attention should be paid to attempts by foreign actors to influence American voters. By accusing Burisma of sponsoring terrorist attacks in Russia and making loose insinuations that President Biden, the United States, and Western intelligence agencies are somehow connected as well, Russian disinformation campaigns are actively working to undermine and influence the 2024 U.S. presidential election.

    Apr 24, 2024

  • Inmates exercise in the yard at the Marion Correctional Institution where there were positive cases of COVID-19 in Marion, Ohio, April 22, 2020, photo by Dane Rhys/Reuters

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    The Impact of COVID-19 on Prison Education

    During the COVID-19 pandemic many correctional systems ceased or substantially cut back on education and workforce training programs. As late as 2023, instruction continued to be interrupted because of new outbreaks and staff shortages. Will prison education programs recover in the long term?

    Apr 24, 2024

  • Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida addresses a joint meeting of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., April 11, 2024, photo by Michael A. McCoy/Reuters

    Commentary

    Japan's Remarkable Call for American Leadership

    In early April, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida appeared before the U.S. Congress and told the United States to act like a global power. But Kishida's speech contained no censure or accusations. Just a plea from one of America's closest allies to members of Congress to come back and be the champion of the international order that it knows America can be.

    Apr 22, 2024

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    Assessing Risk to National Critical Functions as a Result of Climate Change: 2023 Risk Assessment Update

    Researchers assessed the risk that eight climate hazards will pose to National Critical Functions by 2050 and 2100 under future scenarios following current and higher emissions trends.

    Apr 22, 2024

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    Insights on Developing Research Capacity for Healthy Aging with Villages

    Drawing on focus group findings, the authors explore Village Movement participants' views about healthy aging, their views on how Villages support healthy aging, and barriers, facilitators, and research capacity among Villages in the United States.

    Apr 22, 2024

  • Closeup of a hand giving a paper prescription to a pharmacist, photo by stevecoleimages/Getty Images

    Commentary

    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

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    Report

    Great Lakes Oil Spill Response Capabilities Evaluation

    This report presents an assessment of the ability of government agencies and the private sector to collectively respond to Great Lakes oil spill scenarios relating to Area Contingency Plans while characterizing capabilities and gaps.

    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

    Commentary

    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

  • Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (R) and U.S. President Joe Biden shake hands at an arrival ceremony ahead of their summit meeting at the White House in Washington, D.C., April 10, 2024, photo by Kyodo via Reuters Connect

    Commentary

    Japan's Alliance with the U.S. Has Just Gone Global

    The most profound aspect of the recent U.S.-Japan summit was the underlying message: the U.S.-Japan alliance is now global. This is an alliance now focused on the public goods of global peace, stability, and prosperity, committed to jointly building a free and open international order.

    Apr 16, 2024

  • Taiwan map on a green digital background with yellow swirls and 1s and 0s, photo by Kreativorks/Getty Image

    Commentary

    How Would China Weaponize Disinformation Against Taiwan in a Cross-Strait Conflict?

    What might China's future disinformation operations against Taiwan focus on and how can Taipei and its partners combat them? China would likely have at least five discrete audiences for disinformation operations in mind, with specific lines of effort and goals for each.

    Apr 15, 2024

  • U.S. Space Force Col. Phillip Verroco explains the layout of the Combined Space Operations Center's operations floor to members of a delegation of French officers at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, April 15, 2022, photo by Tech. Sgt Luke Kitterman/U.S. Space Force

    Commentary

    The Path to Thoughtful Allied Space Power: Progress on a Steep Road

    The road to thoughtful allied space power is steep and requires commitment to make progress. By being forthright about the prospects for cooperation, the United States will enable allies and partners to make choices about their own investments and operations that will strengthen future coalition capabilities.

    Apr 12, 2024

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin lights a candle in memory of the victims of the Crocus City Hall attack at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia, March 24, 2024, photo by Mikhail Metzel/Sputnik via Reuters

    Commentary

    Russia's Disinformation Campaign About the Moscow Terror Attack May Be Working

    As far-fetched as it may seem to those in the West, the Kremlin's claim that the recent terrorist attack on a Moscow concert hall was orchestrated by Ukraine and Western powers may be convincing to many Russians. For the U.S. to address and combat these claims, it is important to understand how they are framed amid broadly propagated themes, and how these could influence their potential appeal to large swaths of the Russian public.

    Apr 11, 2024

  • M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks of the 3rd Armored Division move out on a mission during Operation Desert Storm, February 15, 1991, photo by PHC D. W. HOLMES II/U.S. Navy

    Commentary

    Assemble the Bodyguard of Lies: Strengthening U.S. Military Deception Capabilities

    Few aspects of warfare are as valuable as efforts to deceive adversaries. The U.S. military inevitably will face rivals who use deception to their advantage, so it should once again hone its own subterfuge skills—from the lowest levels, to gain a tactical edge, to the highest, to achieve strategic surprise.

    Apr 11, 2024

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    Mid-Atlantic Regional Climate Impacts Summary and Outlook: Winter 2023–2024

    This climate summary aims to inform Mid-Atlantic policymakers and practitioners about weather patterns for winter 2023–2024, regional climate trends, and the upcoming spring season.

    Apr 11, 2024

  • U.S. President Joe Biden welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and his wife Kishida Yuko at the White House in Washington, D.C., April 10, 2024. photo by Annabelle Gordon/Sipa USA/Reuters

    Commentary

    America's Best Friend in Asia

    Many describe NATO as the United States' indispensable alliance—and it remains a top priority. But with a growing slate of traditional and nontraditional security issues, many of which center on China, the United States' new go-to ally is Japan.

    Apr 10, 2024

  • A worker builds a trench as part of a system of new fortification lines near the Russian border in Chernihiv region, Ukraine, March 28, 2024, photo by Gleb Garanich/Reuters

    Commentary

    Putin's Cordon Sanitaire in Ukraine

    Moscow is signaling a renewed Russian lunge into northern Ukraine to create a buffer zone and seize Kharkiv. Any Russian escalation in northern Ukraine deserves to be met with the full force of Ukraine's own arms and those from the West.

    Apr 10, 2024

  • Flags of the United States and China flutter outside the building of an American company in Beijing, China, January 21, 2021, photo by Tingshu Wang/Reuters

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    Success and Failure of Great Powers in Long-Term Rivalries

    What does success or failure in a rivalry look like, and what varieties of success can great powers aspire to? Historical examples of strategic success and failure in great-power rivalries offer lessons for the United States and its rivalry with China.

    Apr 10, 2024

  • Americans voting in an election, photo by adamkaz/Getty Images

    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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    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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    News Release

    Some Veterans Who Express Extremist Ideologies Had Negative Experience During Service

    Interviews with military veterans who expressed support for extremist groups or related beliefs on a prior survey show that many experienced a significant negative event during their military service.

    Apr 9, 2024