Pardee RAND Events

  • Young Indian man makes flower garlands for sale, photo by McKay Savage/CC BY 2.0

    IDSS Talk Explores Employment in India

    Jun 28, 2019

    Anthony P. D’Costa, eminent scholar in Global Studies and professor of economics at the University of Alabama at Huntsville, will explain why India is subject to the same pressures OECD countries face: jobless growth brought about by increasing investments in capital equipment, automation, and a growing reliance on high skilled workers and professionals.

  • RAND & Pardee RAND Alumni Summer Reunion

    Jun 20, 2019

    Come reunite with alumni from all eras. The summer reunion in Santa Monica is a chance for RAND and Pardee RAND alumni to connect with colleagues past and present, reminisce with friends, and meet the newest members of the community.

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    IDSS Talk Explores Ways to Accelerate Poverty Reduction in Africa

    Jun 3, 2019

    Kathleen Beegle, lead economist in the World Bank Gender Group, looks beyond macroeconomic stability and growth to ask what more could be done and where should policy makers focus to speed up poverty reduction.

  • Bhutan prayer flags, photo by by Christopher Prentiss Michel/CC BY 2.0

    Examining the Gross National Happiness Index

    May 30, 2019

    IDSS speakers Doreen Liberto and Kinga Tshering explored how the Gross National Happiness (GNH) index works, how Bhutan and California have applied GNH principles, and challenges and opportunities that GNH poses for development.

  • Arthur Brooks Shares Life Lessons in Book Talk

    May 21, 2019

    The problem in American public life today isn't excessive anger, said alum Arthur Brooks (cohort '96), at his book talk last month; it's a culture of contempt. His book Love Your Enemies explores how we can find love in our hearts — not just civility and tolerance — for those with whom we disagree.

  • U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un hold a signing ceremony at the conclusion of their summit at the Capella Hotel on the island of Sentosa, Singapore, June 12, 2018

    IDSS Talk Explores North Korea's Shift to Diplomacy in 2018

    May 20, 2019

    Naoko Aoki, RAND's Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow, will share her insights into North Korea's dramatically changed policy posture and diplomatic efforts in 2018. In this International Development Speaker Series, she will examine the actions and statements by the United States and North Korea to determine what might come next.

  • Inaugural Brunch Honors Donors and Scholars

    May 20, 2019

    Dean Susan Marquis and RAND president and CEO Michael Rich hosted an inaugural brunch in May to recognize scholarship and dissertation award recipients and to celebrate the philanthropic supporters whose generosity has helped make their education possible.

  • Indian girls work on a tablet provided by Pratham USA

    IDSS Talk Explores Experiments with Open Learning Beyond Schools

    Apr 18, 2019

    Dr. Madhav Chavan, co-founder and president of Pratham USA, will discuss his organization's randomized controlled trial, in which they provided 800 Indian villages with tablet computers pre-loaded with educational software for grades 6-8 — but no teachers — for extracurricular learning.

  • Moderator Sale Lilly (standing) with panelists Stephanie Herder, Bhaskar Krishnamachari, and Matt Smith, photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND Corporation

    Blockchain: The Second Decade

    Apr 16, 2019

    Blockchain, which was invented in 2008, is now in its second decade. To help students and alumni understand the implications of this disruptive technology, Career Services welcomed four experts in a discussion of potential commercial and regulatory approaches.

  • Dodson Delivers Keynote at Faculty Leaders Program

    Jul 18, 2018

    For six years, the Faculty Leaders Program has provided professional development to faculty who work with students or in disciplines underrepresented in public policy. Self-described "Impactpreneur" Daryn Dodson discussed "Investing in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion" as part of the program.

  • Federal elections in Mexico, 2012

    IDSS-CLASP Lecture Explores What's at Stake in Mexico’s 2018 Election

    May 18, 2018

    Mexicans will elect a new president, as well as 128 Senators and 500 members of the Chamber of Deputies, on July 1, 2018. Enrique Andrade González, president of the National Commission for the Vote of Mexicans Resident Abroad at the National Electoral Institute, discussed the outlook and considerations for this pivotal event in Mexico.

  • USAID supported a fire safety class for garment workers in Bangladesh

    Tom Ling Shares Evaluation Insights in IDSS Talk

    Apr 26, 2018

    RAND Europe's Head of Evaluation, Tom Ling, shared insights from his more than 20 years of experience delivering robust and practical insights for partners such as DFID, UNICEF, Save the Children, the UK National Health Service (NHS) and the European Commission. He spoke about the delivery of high quality embedded evaluations that can be utilized to provide ongoing improvement to services.

  • American and North Korean flags facing opposite directions

    Understanding and Shaping the Ongoing Korea Crisis

    Mar 26, 2018

    Upon return from his latest trip to the Korean Peninsula, alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75) offered RAND and Pardee RAND alumni and supporters his analysis of the recent appearance of a détente between North and South Korea. He also explained U.S. options for shaping the ongoing crisis and suggest new opportunities to pressure North Korea toward denuclearization.

  • Chess pieces painted in the European Union and Union Jack flags, representing Brexit negotiations.

    After Brexit: Economic Prospects for the UK, EU, and U.S.

    Mar 20, 2018

    The United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union in March, 2019, but there is uncertainty about whether the break will be "soft," "hard," or even final. At this RAND/Pardee RAND Alumni Association event in RAND's Washington office, Ambassador Charles Ries and RAND senior economist Howard Shatz discussed Brexit options and how they could impact U.S. economic, foreign policy, and security interests.

  • Pallets of food, water and supplies staged to be delivered in Haiti, helicopter, flight line, USAID, earthquake

    Speaker Discusses Communicating National Image Through Development and Diplomacy

    Mar 8, 2018

    James Pamment, head of the Department of Strategic Communication at Lund University in Sweden, presented findings from his forthcoming book, which examines the relationship between soft power, public diplomacy, development communication, and nation brands.

  • Women at the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI): 2015 West Africa Regional Conference

    IREX President Discusses Changing Landscape of International Development

    Feb 7, 2018

    In the first IDSS talk of 2018, Kristin Lord discussed the changing international development landscape and how international development NGOs like IREX, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, are adapting. She also discussed the strategic consequences of the global youth boom, a major IREX priority.

  • Gavel, scales of justice, and handcuffs

    Adam Foss Discusses Evolution of Prosecution

    Nov 13, 2017

    Many aspects of the criminal justice system produce results counter to their intended purpose. Adam Foss, founder and president of Prosecutor Impact, discussed what can be done to change the status quo.

  • Indonesian schoolchildren

    CAPP Board Member Shares Thoughts on Innovation in Indonesia

    Nov 10, 2017

    As part of the International Development Speaker Series, former Indonesian trade minister Mari Pangestu discussed opportunities and challenges for Indonesia as it seeks to be more innovative and grow its creative economy. Pangestu is a member of the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy Advisory Board.

  • An oasis in the desert: Greenhouse farming in Turkwell, Turkana farming vegetables using drip irrigation

    IDSS Partners with CMEPP on Sustainable Development, Agriculture Talk

    Nov 8, 2017

    Turki Faisal Al Rasheed discussed transitioning the U.S.-Saudi relationship to one focused on sustainable development, and Joel Cuello discussed the engineering of sustainable biological and agricultural systems. Both are professors at the University of Arizona's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

  • An Oxfam member of staff helps to carry one family's newly received non-food items home in UN House, Juba

    IDSS Welcomes Discussion of Outcome Indicators with Oxfam Head of Program Quality

    Nov 7, 2017

    Oxfam GB's Claire Hutchings discussed her organization's experience implementing a Global Performance Framework, an alternative approach to operating global outcome indicators, and how it helped Oxfam understand program impact and organizational performance.

  • IDSS Talk Examines Vertical Integration of Legal Markets by Organized Crime

    Oct 30, 2017

    Columbia University's Edgardo Buscaglia found judicial system failures lead to armed organized crime groups providing more “alternative dispute resolution mechanisms,” which is in turn linked to a greater diversification of criminal markets and a greater vertical integration of legal markets supporting the criminal markets. He will share these findings during his October 30 IDSS talk.

  • Speaker Explains How World Bank Applies Behavioral Science in Development Policy

    Oct 11, 2017

    The World Bank has been experimenting on how to bring behavioral science ideas into development policy design in a systematic way. Renos Vakis discussed the lessons to-date, some of the emerging evidence, and the opportunities ahead to institutionalize and scale up this work.

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    IDSS Panelists Discuss Translating International Development Research into Impact

    Sep 21, 2017

    A panel of RAND experts kicked off the 2017-18 International Development Speaker Series by exploring how they and their colleagues have managed to translate their work into sustained impact in complex international environments.

  • Norris Discusses Increasing Diversity in the 21st Century: The Role of Mentoring

    Jul 25, 2017

    Dr. Keith Norris, an internationally recognized clinician scientist and health policy leader at the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine, discussed the role of mentoring to increase diversity in the field of biomedical and health research. He was the keynote speaker at the fifth annual Pardee RAND Faculty Leaders Program.

  • Dice representing flags of United States, China, and Russia on a world map

    Gaming Solutions to Global Problems

    Jun 8, 2017

    In this Call with the Experts, Prof David Shlapak, a senior international research analyst at RAND, talks about how serious games can help find solutions to global problems.