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.

  • People walk along the street soon after, what locals say, was recent shelling by Ukrainian forces, in Donetsk on August 20, 2014

    Make Russia an Offer on Ukraine It Can't Refuse

    Aug 20, 2014

    An international initiative that does not appear to emanate from NATO or the EU could help bring Russia to the table, in part by accepting that Moscow, too, has a role. Professor Keith Crane writes, an international peacekeeping force could open the way for a negotiated end to the conflict.

  • The Pardee RAND Graduate School held its second summer faculty workshop in Santa Monica, Calif. in July 2014

    Pardee RAND Promotes Diversity in Public Policy Through Summer Faculty Workshop

    Aug 20, 2014

    The Pardee RAND summer faculty workshop aims to help scholars who teach at historically black colleges and universities strengthen their approach to research and bring new analytic thinking, tools, and practices back to their students, inspiring them to pursue graduate education and careers in public policy.

  • Food court signs in Las Vegas

    Always Hungry? Here's the Real Reason Why

    Aug 15, 2014

    The problem of obesity cannot be attributed to a single dietary or physiological factor, like too much sugar, too much fat, or even factors like viruses, bacteria, and endocrine disrupters. Professor Deborah Cohen says the real problem is that Americans now live in a food swamp and there is just too much food easily available.

  • Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from the Islamic State, walk towards the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Sinjar mountain, August 11, 2014

    What's Going on in Iraq?

    Aug 14, 2014

    While the United States could embark on a much wider war in Iraq, there's little reason to think it will rush to do so or that using airpower to help defend the Kurds will make such an escalation inevitable, writes Professor Karl Mueller.

  • Pickpocket stealing a woman's wallet

    The Silicon Valley Tech Industry Can Help Crime Victims

    Aug 11, 2014

    A broader approach is needed to better address the needs of millions of American victims of crimes like sexual assault, family violence, financial exploitation, gun violence, identity theft, burglary and stalking. And that's where Silicon Valley's tech community can step up, writes Professor Nelson Lim.

  • Capt. James T. Jones, commanding officer of the USS Shiloh, greets Rear Adm. Zhang Wendan of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy

    China: The Reluctant Partner

    Jul 30, 2014

    There's a high probability that the establishment of a U.S. Global SOF Network will reinforce Beijing's extreme insecurities about Washington's intentions towards China, and heighten Chinese perceptions of enhanced U.S. military encirclement capabilities. However, if China is invited to partner with U.S. Special Operations Forces, this may alter Chinese thinking on military cooperation. Professors Andrew Scobell, William Welser, and Thomas Szayna discuss this in a RAND presentation.

  • silhouette of brain made of money

    Leveraging Behavioral Insights to Improve Financial Health: Proceedings of the 2014 BeFi Conference

    Jul 29, 2014

    At the 2014 RAND Behavioral Finance (BeFi) Forum, Professor Jeremy Burke discussed prize-linked debt reduction. The proceedings features videos of each of the presentations, followed by discussion by leading researchers, practitioners, and policymakers.

  • Women and children collecting water from the unimproved water source of Asengo Community. Asengo Community, Kisumu, Kenya

    Enhancing the Climate Resilience of Africa's Infrastructure

    Jul 25, 2014

    Students Evan Bloom, Min Mao, and Tobi Oluwatola are helping to develop location-specific case studies on the Orange and Volta River Basins in Africa to help improve understanding of how climate change may affect water and energy infrastructure investments across the entire continent.

  • Stethoscope on woman's chest

    Should You Get Screened for Heart Disease?

    Jul 24, 2014

    Many think of cardiovascular disease (CVD) primarily as a male problem, writes Professor Chloe Bird. But one in three adult women has some form of CVD, which has killed more American women than men every year since 1984. Cardiovascular risk assessments can help women understand their current risk and health behaviors.

  • 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.

  • Woman sitting at a desk looking at her watch

    "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.

  • two firemen responding to an emergency

    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.

  • aerial view of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    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.