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Jihadist terrorism isn't the most dangerous threat to the United States. But it is the most prominent, says RAND's Brian Michael Jenkins. There are no clear solutions to this problem, and all America's counterterrorism options entail risks.

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Teachers at two schools in England are wearing police-style body cameras as part of a pilot program aimed at stopping classroom disruption. Research raises concerns about the impact this could have, says RAND's Alex Sutherland.

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U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) will soon lead the Pentagon's efforts to counter weapons of mass destruction. This means that SOCOM will need new kinds of expertise and capacity. RAND's Daniel Gerstein explains how to avoid missteps while transitioning this responsibility.

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Electronic prescribing of medications has many advantages. But most current e-prescribing systems don't let doctors "e-cancel" prescriptions. Adding this feature could help cut down on medication errors, say RAND experts.

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Roughly 32,000 people are killed in traffic crashes every year in the United States. More than 2 million are injured. Self-driving cars could help mitigate this crisis. But three critical challenges are standing in the way. RAND's Nidhi Kalra explains.

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Even if ISIL is destroyed in Iraq and Syria, the Middle East will spawn a new standard bearer for global jihad. That's why the U.S. counter-ISIL strategy should recognize the long-term nature of the threat, say RAND experts.

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Despite recent headlines, global inequality has actually been declining. It's inequality within the developed world that's on the rise. This is an important distinction, say RAND experts. Confusing the two could produce policies that fail to address the real problem: rising inequality within nations.

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ISIS is a worthy candidate for eradication. But focusing U.S. counterterrorism efforts solely on defeating the group would be a mistake, say RAND experts. Why? This would almost certainly guarantee the expansion of other terrorist organizations.

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Fresh U.S. forces and other NATO units were recently deployed to Eastern Europe and Scandinavia to deter Russia. But moving battalions won't be enough to counter Moscow's influence, says RAND's Brian Michael Jenkins. This will require a fundamental reformulation of EU and U.S. political strategy.

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President Trump has promised to "eradicate Islamic extremism." This is a goal that nearly all of humanity shares. But U.S. policymakers must grapple with real-world constraints in the fight against ISIL, say RAND experts. Otherwise, efforts to defeat the group could be counterproductive.
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