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RAND Corporation Provides Objective Research Services and Public Policy Analysis

After major combat operations against ISIS in Mosul, recovery and stability will require redoubled efforts by Iraqis and the international community. How well humanitarian, security, and other needs are addressed will affect the immediate stabilization of Iraq, including whether civilians can return home.

Ensuring the strength of U.S. armed forces is critical to U.S. national security and the key source of strength is its people. True investment in personnel is a long-term legacy and an investment worthy of attention and policy debate to ensure the United States continues to recruit and retain the most effective fighting force in the world.

President Trump has no easy options in Afghanistan. A surge of U.S. commitment to negotiating a political settlement would not remove all the obstacles, but it is a prerequisite.

Paying for health care coverage is a challenge for Americans facing rising premiums, deductibles, and copayments. The ACA’s tax credits that make marketplace insurance more affordable for lower-income individuals should be extended to middle-income adults aged 50 64.

The Israel Defense Force had to evolve to meet an adaptive and determined hybrid adversary during its wars in Gaza. The U.S. Army and the joint force can learn from the IDF’s challenge of balancing intense international legal public scrutiny and the hard operational realities of urban warfare.

Effective drug prevention in America could start by helping school districts adopt evidence-based programs that work. Unlike DARE. which failed, there are programs that teach children to make wise and responsible decisions about drugs, and won’t break the bank.

The dark web enables an illicit market for firearms, explosives, and ammunition. This can anonymously arm criminals, terrorists, and others. Sixty percent of the arms for sale are from the United States.

Personalized learning focuses on meeting students’ individual needs while incorporating their interests and preferences. What does this look like in schools that have implemented personalized learning schoolwide?

As the Islamic State loses territory, it is forced to seek new revenue streams to exploit, including drug trafficking. Proceeds garnered from peddling narcotics affords jihadis in Europe the financial flexibility to travel to Syria, to fund attacks, and to pay for their return trips home.


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