Pardee RAND News & Events

Pardee RAND Graduate School students, alumni, and faculty are often in the news, writing blogs, publishing research, speaking at events, and more. Other pages (student blog posts, alumni news, faculty blog posts, featured research) provide filtered views of Pardee RAND news and announcements; here we present a complete compilation of ALL the news that's fit to share.

  • Ukrainian Armed Forces during tactical military exercises at a shooting range in the Kherson region, Ukraine, January 19, 2022, p

    Two Choices in Ukraine

    Jan 31, 2022

    Khrystyna Holynska (cohort '20) and Amb. William Courtney write that, facing existential risk, Ukraine may take urgent measures to help protect itself against a Russian invasion. And if the immediate threat were to ebb, Ukraine might use the time gained to prepare for potential future threats.

  • Construction at a subdivision for residents of Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, who are being relocated due to climate change, near Shriever, Louisiana, April 7, 2021, photo by Kathleen Flynn/Reuters

    To Help Climate Migrants, We Must First Recognize Them

    Jan 28, 2022

    Despite the large and growing population displaced by extreme weather, there is no common definition of a “climate migrant.” Once we get a clearer sense of just who is a climate migrant, writes Jay Balagna (cohort '20), policy efforts should begin focusing on the full fabric of life in our communities, creating systems that will help migrants become a part of that fabric in safe and dignified ways.

  • People line up for COVID-19 vaccines and booster doses at a McDonald's in Chicago, Illinois, December 21, 2021, photo by Jim Vondruska/Reuters

    Hyper-Local Strategies Are Working to Promote Vaccination Equity

    Jan 28, 2022

    The Equity-First Vaccination Initiative, launched in summer 2021, has already made progress in reducing racial/ethnic disparities in U.S. COVID-19 vaccination rates. Lawrence Baker (cohort '19), Priya Gandhi ('20), Khadesia Howell ('20), and Rebecca Wolfe ('20)—working with Profs. Laura Faherty, Jeanne Ringel, and Malcolm Williams—found that hyper-local, community-led strategies are helping to increase vaccine confidence and access for communities that identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color.

  • Adam Kern, principal of Clarkston Junior High School in Michigan, checks students' temperatures during a field trip, Sterling, Virginia, June 18, 2021, photo by Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters

    How Were Principals Doing One Year into the Pandemic?

    Jan 26, 2022

    Four out of five secondary school principals reported experiencing frequent job-related stress during the 2020–2021 school year. As the pandemic persists, Ashley Woo (cohort '18) explores what could help reduce the burden on school leaders.

  • A man in civilian clothes and a man in uniform are shown positions by a female yoga instructor

    Predictors of PTSD Treatment Retention and Response

    Jan 24, 2022

    Sangita Baxi (cohort '17), Christine Chen ('15), Meghan Franco ('17), Mahlet Gizaw ('17), and Nima Shahidinia ('16) worked with Profs. Margaret Maglione and Susanne Hempel to identify baseline patient characteristics and program features associated with military PTSD treatment retention, response, and remission

  • The Embarked Security Team (EST) on Board USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7), along with Sailors from Coastal Riverine Squadron THREE's (CRS-3) boarded on Riverine Command Boats (RCBs), defend the vessel using dazzler non-lethal weapon and blank rounds during a simulated attack as it departs to support ships during Rim of the Pacific 2016. Twenty-six nations, comprising over 40 ships and submarines and over 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th iteration in the series that began in 1971 and is the world's largest international maritime exercise, photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Martin Wright/U.S. Navy

    How to Effectively Assess the Impact of Non-Lethal Weapons as Intermediate Force Capabilities

    Jan 18, 2022

    The U.S Department of Defense needs to be able to assess the tactical, operational, and strategic impact of non-lethal weapons to inform how and when they should be used and their integration into overall DoD capabilities. Alum Jonathan Wong (cohort '12) and RAND colleagues ask, how do non-lethal weapons contribute to overarching DoD goals?

  • Young man sitting on a bed, facing a window, photo by Ake Ngiamsanguan/Getty Images

    Psychiatric Bed Capacity in California

    Jan 18, 2022

    Many parts of the United States are confronting a shortage of psychiatric beds. Ingrid Estrada-Darley (cohort '19) and RAND researchers evaluated California's adult psychiatric bed need for 2021 and coming years.

  • Electricianas Mate 3rd Class Malachy Osikwemhe repairs a dimmer switch on the missile deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87). Mason is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rob Aylward/U.S. Navy

    Developing Strategic Plans for Defense Human Resource Management

    Jan 18, 2022

    Although leaders of many organizations appreciate the value of strategic planning, they wrestle with the principles that should be used to guide a planning process. Nathan Thompson (cohort '20) and Prof. Charles Goldman colleagues explore what principles should guide the development and implementation of strategic plans in defense human resource management organizations.

  • Signs on a door to a school gym point students to wait in line to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. Photo by Phil Roeder/Flickr

    Early Insights from the Equity-First Vaccination Initiative

    Dec 20, 2021

    Vaccination rates among communities that identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) continue to lag relative to the total population. Four students and RAND colleagues examined the Equity-First Vaccination Initiative, which employs hyper-local, community-led strategies to increase vaccine confidence and access for these populations.

  • People walk on flooded land beside the Padma River as the flood situation worsens in Munshiganj district, on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh, July 25, 2020, photo by Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters

    Addressing Climate Migration

    Dec 7, 2021

    As the effects of climate change increase in scope and severity, more people will relocate to preserve or enhance their lives and livelihoods. Jay Balagna (cohort '20) and Prof. Aaron Clark-Ginsberg review how six countries are managing climate mobility and provide options for policymakers considering the needs of climate migrants and their host communities.

  • A woman with a smartphone is seen in front of social media logos, May 25, 2021, photo by Dado Ruvic/Reuters

    Understanding the Online Extremist Ecosystem

    Dec 2, 2021

    By the early 2010s, it was clear that the internet provided white supremacists and other extremists a tool to operationalize their hateful ideas and cause real-world harms. Jamie Ryan (cohort '17) and colleagues ask, how can the average user understand their risk of exposure to extremist content and make informed decisions about the platforms they use?

  • ROK combat medics load a simulated wounded soldier into a U.S. Army helicopter during a joint exercise in Uijongbu, South Korea, March 5, 2008, photo by MC1 Lou Rosales/U.S. Navy

    Preserving the ROK-U.S. Alliance by Sustaining Military Exercises

    Nov 30, 2021

    The Republic of Korea (ROK)/U.S. military forces based in the ROK are in a constant state of training, which is required to maintain military effectiveness. North Korea seeks to stop this ROK/U.S. military training, but alum Bruce Bennett says taking the North Korean complaints seriously could be a mistake.

  • People take part in a Stop Asian Hate rally at Times Square in New York City, April 4, 2021, photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

    Addressing Anti-Asian Racism in the Era of COVID-19

    Nov 30, 2021

    Public anxiety and fear during the pandemic and negative rhetoric by politicians triggered the current wave of anti-Asian hate. It has galvanized the community to build newfound alliances and resilience. Advocates are working to increase reporting of hate incidents and develop strategies to fight anti-Asian racism.

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    Implementing China's Grand Strategy in Asia Through Institutions

    Nov 29, 2021

    China's long-term goal is to build a preeminent Asian presence and a larger global presence in the socioeconomic, diplomatic, and defense arenas. Since the end of the Cold War, China's grand strategy has been guided by this goal. Lynn Hu (cohort '19) and Prof. Rafiq Dossani consider, What are the implications of this strategy for Asia?

  • Army personnel from the U.S. and China participate in expert academic dialogue during the U.S.-China Disaster Management Exchange, in Kunming, China, November 2016, photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin/U.S. Army

    Stabilizing Great-Power Rivalries

    Nov 29, 2021

    The international system is headed for a renewed era of intense competition among major powers, and there are serious grounds for concern about U.S. rivalries with Russia and China. Research by Eugeniu Han (cohort ' 15) and RAND colleagues finds that, to ensure stability—and avoid war—the policy response should be nuanced and go beyond bolstering military capabilities.

  • Stock market trends overlaid on picture of houses with solar panels, photos by BAIVECTOR/Adobe Stock and ebobeldijk/Getty Images

    More Than Green: Leveraging Green Bonds to Invest in Greater Climate Resilience

    Nov 24, 2021

    The significance of green bonds may depend not only on having a lot of them, write Karishma Patel (cohort '17) and Prof. Michelle Miro, but also on carefully developing, investing, and tracking projects against the larger goal of climate resilience.

  • Seated female therapist wearing a mask, holding a clipboard, and facing her client, photo by SDI Productions/Getty Images

    Assessment of State and Federal Health Policies for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

    Nov 23, 2021

    Alum Annie Boustead (cohort '11) and RAND colleagues summarize the multitude of ways access to and utilization of treatment for individuals with OUD might have been expanded by state and federal policy during COVID-19 pandemic in 4 key areas: telehealth, privacy, licensing, and medication.

  • Watering a topiary depicting growth, photos by robert and Naypong Studio/Adobe Stock

    The Growing Green Bond Market Could Plateau. How Can It Grow Further?

    Nov 23, 2021

    If green bonds are a viable tool to reduce emissions and adapt infrastructure to the effects of climate change, David Catt (cohort '16) and Nihar Chhatiawala ('20) ask, how can governments encourage the issuance, sales, and growth in the share of green bonds in the total bond market?

  • Green business growth and finance sustainable development, photo by mihacreative/Adobe Stock

    Green Bonds Can Leave Issuers in the Red

    Nov 22, 2021

    To achieve the Biden administration's blueprint for solar energy and focus on climate change mitigation and adaptation, green bonds may be worth considering. But Brian Wong (cohort '20) suggests that, like any other financing instrument, they may be best considered through a cost-benefit lens.

  • Nurse examines an older female patient, photo by SDI Productions/Getty Images

    Evaluating New York's Medicaid Section 1115 Waiver

    Nov 17, 2021

    New York State’s Medicaid Section 1115 Waiver seeks to enroll a majority of Medicaid beneficiaries into managed care, increase access and service quality, and expand coverage to more low-income New Yorkers. Sangita Baxi (cohort '17) and Nabeel Qureshi ('18), along with Prof. Scott Ashwood and other RAND colleagues, examined whether two components of the 1115 Demonstration Waiver have helped achieve the program’s goals.