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.

  • Shi'ite volunteers, who've joined the Iraqi army against militants from the radical Islamic State, take part in weapons training, July 18, 2014

    Defeating the Islamic State: Crafting a Regional Approach

    Jul 22, 2014

    While ISIL may achieve temporary tactical gains from declaring the caliphate, it made the strategic error of declaring all other Sunni political actors illegitimate, writes Professor Terrence Kelly. This may provide an opening to build a coalition that can create and implement a regional strategy to attack ISIL.

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    "I'm Too Busy for Exercise...I Just Don't Have the Time."

    Jul 17, 2014

    As hard as it can be to make time for exercise, failing to do so isn't a time-saver, writes Professor Chloe Bird. It might seem so for a day or two, but you will feel the result of not exercising in the reductions in your energy, ability to focus and cope, and in your quality of sleep.

  • Media Conference Call on Iran's Nuclear Program — U.S. Policy Choices and the Challenges Ahead

    Jul 14, 2014

    RAND international security experts Lynn E. Davis, a Pardee RAND professor, and Alireza Nader hosted a media conference call to discuss the July 20 deadline for the P5+1 (United States, Russia, China, United Kingdom, France, Germany) to reach a deal with Iran on its nuclear program, and the policy choices confronting the United States should an agreement be reached.

  • Detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility, June 18, 2014

    With Child Migrants Set to Become Students, Educators Must Prepare

    Jul 14, 2014

    Between 70,000 and 90,000 unaccompanied children are expected to cross the U.S.-Mexico border by year's end, writes Professor Robert Bozick. Lost in an intensifying debate over U.S. immigration policy is the possibility that this wave will spill from shelters to schools. To best respond to this reality, policymakers and educators should consider what research says about educating migrant children.

  • Employees stock their shelves with 2-gram packages of marijuana at Cannabis City during the first day of legal retail marijuana sales in Seattle, Washington July 8, 2014

    Taking a Sober Look at Legalizing Marijuana

    Jul 13, 2014

    California and a handful of other states will probably vote on legal pot in 2016. Whether it passes will depend on the quality of the proposal, how much money is involved in the campaigns, and how things play out in Colorado, Washington, and other places that have legalized production and sales, writes Professor Beau Kilmer.

  • South African men create a sandbag building for EcoSteps

    Could Alternatives Ease the Misery of South Africa's Housing Crisis?

    Jul 10, 2014

    The government's plan to replace cardboard shacks with cement houses may not be the only route to easing South Africa's housing woes, writes Pardee RAND student Julia Polak (cohort '12). Increasingly, academic researchers, non-governmental organizations, and private companies are demonstrating pragmatic, low-cost, alternatives.

  • Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers carry parachutes for drop training during a military drill west of Tokyo, July 8, 2013

    Why Japan's Military Shift Is Necessary for South Korea

    Jul 7, 2014

    With its collective self-defense policy, Japan assumes its responsibilities to support the defense of South Korea and regional security in general, an appropriate action given the economic and other interdependencies of the regional countries, writes Pardee RAND alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75).

  • Young woman texting in car

    What if Distracted Driving Was Safe?

    Jul 1, 2014

    According to consumer research, the ability to consume media, write an email, or even sleep during transport is a key selling point for self-driving cars, which could be available in the near future. Autonomous vehicle technology could also produce a wide range of public benefits, writes Professor James Anderson.

  • Highlights from Keynote Address by Elizabeth Dole at the 2014 Pardee RAND Commencement

    Jun 30, 2014

    On June 21, 2014, former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, founder of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, which is dedicated to helping "wounded warriors" and their families, gave the commencement address to the latest graduates of the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

  • Mehdi Army fighters loyal to a Shi'ite cleric march during a military-style training in Najaf, June 18, 2014

    A Long-Term Strategy for a Democratic Iraq

    Jun 30, 2014

    Unfortunately, no strategic option for a unified, democratic Iraq has a good chance of success. But any well-considered option that doesn't involve ineffective killing or risking U.S. lives is preferable to simply allowing Iraq to disintegrate and feed broader regional instability, writes Professor Ben Connable.

  • EPA administrator Gina McCarthy announces steps under the Clean Air Act to cut carbon pollution from power plants during a news conference on June 2, 2014

    New Coal Plant Rules Need Sustained Support to Succeed

    Jun 30, 2014

    Stopping climate change will require the U.S. and the rest of the world to virtually eliminate emissions over the course of the 21st century, write Professors Rob Lempert and Steven Popper. Getting anywhere close to zero emissions demands sustained political and public support, driven by an energy production sector given enough incentives.

  • Man proposing to a surprised woman with a ring

    Are Youth Putting Off Marriage Because of Their Student Loan Debt?

    Jun 26, 2014

    Women with higher loan balances may be less likely to get married than their peers with lower or no loan balances. But as time goes on, Professor Robert Bozick notes, young adults adjust to their post-college financial situation and eventually get promotions, earn raises, obtain other assets, and get married.

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    An Enduring Need for Better Measures of Emergency Preparedness

    Jun 25, 2014

    In an era of fiscal austerity, the need for measurement and assessment becomes manifold, writes Professor Brian Jackson. Tied to good government goals and responsible stewardship of public funds, measurements are also necessary to educate the public about what it should—and should not—reasonably expect when disaster strikes.

  • Former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole speaking at the 2014 Pardee RAND Graduate School commencement

    Sen. Elizabeth Dole Urges Graduates to Use Storytelling to Advance Policy

    Jun 24, 2014

    Facts and objective analysis are important, but for policy analysts to make a difference in the real world they also have to be able to tell a story, former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole said at the June 21 Pardee RAND Graduate School commencement.

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    Water Management and Climate Resilience in Pittsburgh: Building a Research Agenda

    Jun 24, 2014

    For the Conversations at RAND series, Professor and Alum Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04) and two regional experts discuss ways to strengthen Pittsburgh's water management system, create sustainable solutions to environmental challenges, and better manage long-term uncertainty.

  • Pardee RAND Holds Biennial Commencement Weekend

    Jun 21, 2014

    Pardee RAND Graduate School's Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 21, featured a keynote address by Sen. Elizabeth Dole, graduate address by Jack Clift (cohort '06), and remarks by RAND president Michael Rich and Pardee RAND dean Susan Marquis.

  • Philantropist John M. Cazier

    Cazier Gift to Pardee RAND Graduate School Launches Environmental and Energy Sustainability Initiative

    Jun 20, 2014

    A $5 million gift from engineer and philanthropist John M. Cazier will turbocharge research in environmental and energy sustainability at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

  • Panel disucssion including Susan M. Marquis, Charlie Beck, Angela Hawken, and Joan Petersilia

    Commencement Weekend Policy Dialogue on Criminal Justice

    Jun 20, 2014

    In this podcast, recorded during the Pardee RAND Graduate School’s 2014 commencement weekend, Susan L. Marquis, the school’s dean, moderates a policy discussion on criminal justice with a panel of experts.

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    Maxwell-Jolly Receives Alumni Leadership Award

    Jun 20, 2014

    To honor his significant contributions to the advancement of health reform and coverage expansion over a 31-year career with the State of California, David Maxwell-Jolly (cohort ’77) received the second Pardee RAND Graduate School Alumni Leadership Award on Friday, June 20, 2014, at the Commencement Weekend Celebratory Dinner.

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    Jeremy R. Azrael Scholarship Supports Students from Former Soviet States

    Jun 19, 2014

    Jeremy Azrael was an expert on the Russian economy who devoted his career to promoting better understanding between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union. A scholarship in his name supports a first-year Pardee RAND Graduate School student from a former Soviet state.

  • Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani

    Iran's Interests in Afghanistan Provide Opportunities for Cooperation with United States

    Jun 19, 2014

    U.S.-Iranian relations have been strained but both countries want to see a stable Afghanistan free of Taliban control. In the event of a nuclear deal, Iran and the U.S. can work together to counter narcotics trafficking and resolve water disputes between the neighboring nations, according to analysis by Pardee RAND student Ahmad Rahmani (cohort '08).

  • Hackers Wanted: An Examination of the Cybersecurity Labor Market

    Jun 18, 2014

    Pardee RAND student Julia Pollak (cohort '12) and colleagues examined the current status of the labor market for cybersecurity professionals — with an emphasis on their being employed to defend the United States. They determined that the difficulty in finding qualified cybersecurity candidates is likely to solve itself, as the supply of cyberprofessionals currently in the educational pipeline increases, and the market reaches a stable, long-run equilibrium.

  • Northrop Grumman test pilots with arm-mounted controllers after successfully launching a drone combat aircraft on the USS George H. W. Bush, May 14, 2013

    Will U.S. Air Power Work in Iraq?

    Jun 18, 2014

    There are many key questions regarding deployment of U.S. air power to Iraq to halt the progress of the Islamic State. Professor Karl Mueller asks, how effective would it be? Would it cause a lot of civilian casualties? Is air power alone enough to achieve U.S. objectives?

  • U.S. Vice President Joe Biden meets students at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) campus at Powai in Mumbai

    Four Approaches to Improve Higher Education in India Through Policies

    Jun 12, 2014

    In India, university enrollment has grown from 10 to 23 million from 2000 to 2013, and so has interest in improving access and quality. A review by student Megan Clifford (cohort '09) of research on higher-education policies on affirmative action, financial aid, private education, and vocational education identifies gaps in research on improving access and quality.

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    First Steps Toward Addressing DR Congo's Rape Crisis

    Jun 11, 2014

    A recent effort to begin to address atrocities against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo has fallen short of advocates' hopes for justice for rape victims, writes Pardee RAND student Mahlet Woletsadik (cohort '13). The initiative focused on criminal prosecution of offenders, a strategy that failed to consider the weak infrastructure of the nation’s judicial system, left the needs of victims unmet and did little to address the issue of prevention.