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  • Highlighted map showing China's influence beyond its borders, image by filo/Getty Images

    Commentary

    Dismantling the Disinformation Business of China's Influence Operations

    Some commercial actors benefit from involvement in China's influence operations. What steps could the U.S. government take to address this?

    Oct 17, 2023

  • Men Lying On Beds In Homeless Shelter, photo by Adobe Stock

    Journal Article

    Housing Insecurity and Sleep Among Welfare Recipients in California

    The objective of this study was to estimate the effect of housing insecurity on sleep duration and sleep quality.

    Oct 16, 2023

  • An Atlas V rocket carrying a Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite launches from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, August 4, 2022, photo by Joshua Conti/U.S. Space Force

    Commentary

    Encouraging Consistency in National Security Transparency

    The United States remains the leader in space in both national security and commercial capabilities. Greater transparency about existing on-orbit systems that are already detected by many is an important next step that could bolster U.S. credibility while also aiding deterrence.

    Oct 16, 2023

  • Aerial view of the Intuit Dome construction site with SoFi Stadium in the background in Inglewood, California, October 13, 2023, photo by Image of Sport/Reuters

    Commentary

    A Case for Promoting Infrastructure Equity for the Olympics

    In 2028, Los Angeles will host the Olympic Games for the third time. A critical factor for successfully hosting will be for planners to ask hard questions early, so the community can collaborate with the organizing committee, informing its response to critical themes such as homes, health, transport, jobs, society, and culture.

    Oct 16, 2023

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    Blog

    Israel-Hamas War, Overdose Deaths, Striking Health Care Workers: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on historical context for the Israel-Hamas war, the link between education and fatal overdoses, why U.S. health care workers are striking, and more.

    Oct 13, 2023

  • The Ukraine flag flies on the grounds of the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in World War II in Kyiv, Ukraine, August 6, 2023, photo by Maxym Marusenko/Reuters

    Commentary

    Negotiating with Russia Is Still a Bad Idea

    Since the very outset of Russia's war against Ukraine, there have been calls for the United States to negotiate with Russia. As the war has dragged on, the rationale for negotiations has morphed with each phase. Once you scratch below the surface, however, the case for negotiating with Russia quickly falls apart.

    Oct 12, 2023

  • Technician worker using tablet controlling robot in factory, Checking and repair automatic robot, photo by visoot/Adobe Stock

    Visualization

    Rage Against the Machine? How AI Could Affect the Future of Work

    Understanding how technology and artificial intelligence have—and have not—affected jobs in the past can provide insights on the future of the American workforce. What is the relationship between occupational exposure and technologies, wages, and employment related to artificial intelligence?

    Oct 11, 2023

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    Report

    Artificial Intelligence and the Labor Force: A Data-Driven Approach to Identifying Exposed Occupations

    The authors evaluate occupational exposure to U.S. technology patents and specific artificial intelligence technologies, such as machine learning, natural language processing, speech recognition, planning control, and evolutionary computation.

    Oct 11, 2023

  • Kim Jong-un attends the ninth session of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly and calls for exponentially increasing the production of nuclear weapons at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang, North Korea, September 28, 2023, photo by KCNA/Pool/Latin America News Agency via Reuters Connect

    Commentary

    Nuclear Weapons in the North Korean World View

    As Kim Jong-un's actions become more threatening, the risks of a catastrophic accidental nuclear war become more likely. The United States needs to make North Korean denuclearization a long-term objective but focus in the immediate future on limiting the size and danger of the North Korean nuclear weapon force.

    Oct 11, 2023

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    Longitudinal Associations Between Sleep and BMI in a Low-Income, Predominantly Black American Sample

    This study provides further evidence that, among a sample of low-income Black adults, sleep problems are not longitudinally predictive of BMI.

    Oct 9, 2023

  • Health care workers strike in front of Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, October 4, 2023, photo by Aude Guerrucci/Reuters

    Commentary

    Why Health Care Workers Are Striking

    More than 75,000 health care workers at Kaiser Permanente went on strike in early October. While it is unusual for American medical workers to go on strike, there is reason to believe Kaiser is on the leading edge of more labor unrest among care providers in this country.

    Oct 9, 2023

  • A man who was found unconscious after overdosing on opioids is in an ambulance in the Boston suburb of Malden, Massachusetts, December 2, 2017, photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters

    News Release

    Rise in Overdose Deaths Increasingly Affects Those with Lower Educational Attainment

    Drug overdose deaths increased sharply among Americans without a college education and nearly doubled over a three-year period among those who don't have a high school diploma. The findings further highlight a potential association between the rise in drug overdose deaths and barriers to education access, a social determinant of health.

    Oct 6, 2023

  • Closeup of a medical worker using a tablet in an emergency room, photo by SDI Productions/Getty Images

    Commentary

    A Matter of Trust: More Delays for the VA's EHR System

    Given how long it's taken to get five Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals online, the path to around 170 hospitals using the VA's new electronic health record system seems hard to envision. The next step won't even come until March. Until then, veterans just have to wait as fixes are made, money is spent, and patients are hopefully kept safe.

    Oct 6, 2023

  • General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong chairs an official welcome ceremony for U.S. President Joe Biden in Hanoi, Vietnam, September 10, 2023, photo by Nguy?n Quang H?i/VNA/Pool/Latin America News Agency/Reuters

    Commentary

    Can Vietnam Help America Counter China?

    The United States should not count on Vietnam to help counter China. But the fact that Hanoi chose to elevate the U.S.-Vietnam partnership is a strong indication of its growing concerns about Beijing's rising assertiveness. If China becomes more aggressive, it could create new opportunities for Hanoi to strengthen the U.S. relationship.

    Oct 6, 2023

  • Illustration of a Black man and a White woman looking at a chart showing bars stacked up with arrows between them, leading to a check mark in a circle, photo by Rudzhan Nagiev/Getty Images

    Commentary

    How to Build Stackable Credentials

    Many states and colleges are investing to build out stackable credential pathways. It will be important to continue to build evidence on whether these programs are achieving their aims of improved economic circumstances for individuals and better addressing workforce needs.

    Oct 6, 2023

  • RAND Weekly Recap

    Blog

    Nuclear Deterrence, Russia and Iran, Deepfakes: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on how much is “enough” for U.S. nuclear forces, the budding Russia-Iran partnership, the challenge of detecting deepfakes, and more.

    Oct 6, 2023

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    Commentary

    The City of Pittsburgh's a Movie Star

    Pennsylvania lawmakers and other stakeholders should consider updates to the film tax credit law and economic development strategy to improve the state's competitiveness, enhance the stability of the industry, and fill gaps in the current workforce.

    Oct 5, 2023

  • Closeup of a hand holding a cell phone showing a news website, with a laptop open in the background in soft focus, photo by oatawa/Getty Images

    Commentary

    The United States Isn't Ready for the New Age of AI-Fueled Disinformation

    Generative AI offers China and other bad actors the potential to fulfill longstanding desires to shape the global conversation. It is vital that the U.S. government and social media platforms recognize this threat and work together to address it immediately.

    Oct 5, 2023

  • An ariel shot with Los Angeles in the background and housing in the foreground, photo by jeremyiswild/Getty Images

    Tool

    Exploring the Feasibility of Building a Housing Stock Tool to Address Homelessness in Los Angeles

    The authors describe the process of combining data from various agencies to develop a housing stock tool and discuss the context of their work from interviews conducted with relevant stakeholders.

    Oct 3, 2023

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    Tool

    Mid-Atlantic Regional Climate Impacts Summary and Outlook: Summer 2023

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

    Oct 3, 2023