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The era of nuclear proliferation is most likely over, says RAND Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow Todd Robinson. But action is needed to keep it that way.
As the last case of nuclear proliferation fades further into history, it may become politically difficult to allocate resources to preventing it, as other pressing threats, such as bio- and cyber-terrorism, continue to emerge.
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The ability of the Gulf Cooperation Council to act together or in parallel has significant consequences for regional stability and U.S. interests. What binds and divides the six GCC states? And how will GCC cohesion evolve in the next decade?
This report examines what binds and divides the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states -- Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates -- and presents the outlook for the GCC's evolution over the next ten years.
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If you were sick and assigned to see a nurse practitioner instead of a physician, would you hesitate? Experts address this question and weigh in on the heated national debate over the VA's plans to grant full independent practice authority to NPs in an attempt to improve unacceptably long wait times.
If you or your child were sick and were assigned to see a nurse practitioner instead of a physician, would you hesitate? As a medical student in Clevel ...
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An international tribunal recently sided with the Philippines (and against China) on a dispute in the South China Sea. How China reacts could have far-reaching consequences for nations that depend on a peaceful Southeast Asia, says RAND's Rafiq Dossani. While the influence of Chinese nationalism on this issue is hard to predict, initial signs are encouraging, he says.
On July 12, the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled in favor of the Philippines' claims to maritime entitlements in the South China Sea. How China reacts could have far-reaching consequences for all nations that depend on a peaceful and integrated Southeast Asia.
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Amazon recently announced a new service that will provide free educational resources to teachers. But another online portal delivering mountains of lesson materials will likely do little to improve instruction, says RAND's Julia Kaufman.
Teachers can and should have the freedom to select and develop at least some of their own instructional resources. But whether sites like Amazon Inspire will actually save teachers time and help them find high-quality resources is up for debate.
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Artificial intelligence may lead to dangerous, unintended consequences. But leaders of the U.S. intelligence community have yet to decide who handles the ethics of their AI creations. The intelligence community should take a proactive approach to dealing with these risks, says RAND's Cortney Weinbaum.
The defense community has already begun a healthy dialogue about the ethics of AI in combat systems. The intelligence community should develop standards for AI risk assessments and assign responsibility for conducting them.
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"The tendency now ... is to immediately assume these attacks are terrorism [before there is evidence], and that helps the Islamic State boast that it has this wide reach, global reach, and a higher profile than it otherwise would."
The killing of nine people in a shooting at a shopping mall in Munich on Friday has raised questions about when an act of violence should be termed terrorism.
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For patients with treatment-resistant schizophrenia, the anti-psychotic clozapine is an effective treatment. But in most settings, only 10 percent of patients receive the drug. Why? It's simple, says RAND's Adam Rose: The health care system is not equipped to provide it.
Clozapine has proven effective for patients with treatment-resistant schizophrenia, but the health system is poorly configured to provide it. Its possible side effects require extra patient monitoring, but it saves costs by reducing hospitalizations.
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Yesterday's deadly bombing in Kabul shows that #Afghanistan is still a failed state, says RAND's Colin Clarke: "The United States has been there for the better part of 15 years and security there has always been precarious. And now, when you look at the lower number of troops, to me there's nothing that would suggest that #ISIS isn't going to come back in and backfill to the presence of pre-9/11 al Qaeda."
The Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for a horrific suicide bombing at a peaceful protest in the Afghan capital of Kabul yesterday that left at least 80 people dead and wounded more than 200 others, stoking fears of their growing strength in Afghanistan.
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Taxation generates $360 million in revenue per year for #ISIS. That far exceeds what the group makes from oil. What are the U.S.-led coalition's options for stopping ISIS from taxing and stealing money in its territory?
Airstrikes have hit ISIL tanker trucks, oil fields, refineries, and banks, but it would be a mistake to view the group as a poor man's version of its old self. New steps are needed to counter its multi-million dollar taxation and extortion machine.
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In a time of fiercely divided politics, a clear majority of Americans want the Supreme Court to have a full bench, says RAND's Geoffrey McGovern. But they appear unlikely to get it soon.
President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court more than 17 weeks ago. Action by the Senate majority leadership is required before Garland can get an up-or-down vote. The delay in the Senate has everything to do with politics.
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The Veterans Affairs health care system generally performs better than or similar to other health care systems on providing safe and effective care.
The Veterans Affairs health care system generally performs better than or similar to other health care systems on providing safe and effective care to patients, with some exceptions.
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