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[l] at 8/11/20 6:34pm
Los Angeles and its neighboring counties are among the areas hardest hit by the COVID-19 recession. The shockingly high average unemployment rates only tell part of the story, however. For the poor and some racial and ethnic groups, the jobs picture is far worse.

[Author: Jason Michael Ward]

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[l] at 8/11/20 5:54pm
With shifting insights, new problems, and exacerbation of old problems revealed by the pandemic, innovative solutions in the U.S. health system are being adopted where rapid change would normally have been rare. There is both an opportunity and a responsibility to assess how these changes are working and where they can improve health, reduce inequity, and save money.

[Author: Sydney Fouche; Kaitlyn Entel; Christopher Nelson; Chloe E. Bird; Mahshid Abir]

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[l] at 8/11/20 4:44pm
This weekly recap focuses on the debate about reopening schools, how a decline in commercial real estate demand could help address the housing crisis, challenges facing the U.S. unemployment system, and more.

[Author: RAND Corporation]

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[l] at 8/11/20 4:09pm
As certain COVID-19 restrictions lift, and life for some begins to return to a “new normal,” employers may have the opportunity to rebuild work policies to better support those employees who want to continue working from home. This could produce well-being benefits for employees, without compromising on, and often increasing, productivity.

[Author: William Phillips; Michael Whitmore]

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[l] at 8/7/20 6:21pm
The South China Sea is where the rubber meets the road for U.S.-Vietnam security ties, and in this regard, Hanoi has gone as far as it is comfortable. Washington should expect Vietnam to continue seeking balance between China, which has economic and military superiority over it, and the United States, which can help offset Chinese power.

[Author: Derek Grossman]

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[l] at 8/7/20 5:39pm
The arts as we know them are likely to be shut down for the foreseeable future and the vast majority of artists have likely lost some or all of their income. How many artists are out of work, and what could be done to help them?

[Author: James V. Marrone; Susan A. Resetar; Daniel Schwam]

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[l] at 8/7/20 5:05pm
This weekly recap focuses on the future of U.S.-China competition, privacy concerns surrounding mobile tools used to track COVID-19, how telemedicine can help patients access specialized care, and more.

[Author: RAND Corporation]

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[l] at 8/7/20 4:24pm
What has been striking about the Quad thus far is that it has resisted openly identifying China as the primary target it seeks to rein in. If the Quad is to be sustained, then it will likely have to come to grips with a forward-leaning approach to opposing Chinese activities.

[Author: Derek Grossman]

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[l] at 8/7/20 3:53pm
Automated writing evaluation systems offer a promising approach to relieving the burden of giving formative feedback to students on their writing. What do teachers want to see in these systems so that the technology can be integrated into their teaching, rather than “one more thing” added to their classroom schedules?

[Author: Lindsay Clare Matsumura; Elaine Lin Wang; Richard Correnti; Diane Litman]

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[l] at 8/7/20 3:53pm
Sudan continues to confront major challenges that could derail the country's path back to the mainstream of international politics. To find a permanent place in that mainstream, Sudan must show that it is no longer a haven for terrorist and violent extremist groups and that it is committed to ensuring that this remains true.

[Author: Peter Chalk; Daveed Gartenstein-Ross; Colin P. Clarke]

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[l] at 8/7/20 3:17pm
This weekly recap focuses on preparing for a COVID-19 election, how the pandemic is affecting artists, North Korea's deadly artillery, and more.

[Author: RAND Corporation]

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[l] at 8/7/20 3:17pm
The Trump Administration has yet to decide the fate of the sole remaining U.S.-Russian nuclear arms control treaty, New START, which expires in February. Among other conditions, it insists that any follow-on nuclear accord with Russia must also include China. But overcoming China's reticence to engage in nuclear-related talks will likely take deft diplomacy, time, and patience.

[Author: Frank G. Klotz; John Lauder; William Courtney]

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[l] at 8/7/20 2:29pm
Defense acquisition, personnel, and management systems have long been seen as areas in need of reform, as costs and man-hours continue to increase over the years. Gaming new policies that govern these areas can offer early insights into potential stumbling blocks and provide leaders valuable feedback on decisions before major costs are incurred.

[Author: Elizabeth M. Bartels]

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[l] at 8/7/20 2:29pm
The U.S. Marine Corps is not alone in its avid use of wargaming to shape its decisions of the future. The other services are conducting similar efforts with equal rigor and zeal. And as the national deficit grows and budgetary constraints mount, the Department of Defense will most likely increasingly leverage all its analytical tools, including wargaming.

[Author: Sebastian Joon Bae]

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[l] at 8/7/20 1:48pm
Three young hackers were charged July 31 in the hijacking of dozens of high-profile Twitter accounts. The hackers' tactics point out how vulnerabilities at such tech platforms can now also pose a risk to national security in the United States and elsewhere.

[Author: Douglas Yeung; Ryan Andrew Brown]

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[l] at 8/6/20 7:16pm
Developing an effective national response to COVID-19 could begin with elevating the pandemic from a public health emergency to a national security crisis. The novel coronavirus may not be a threat that the military can defeat, but that doesn't mean the United States shouldn't set it in its sights and go on the offensive against it.

[Author: Louis Klarevas; Colin P. Clarke]

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[l] at 8/6/20 6:04pm
In times of national emergency, it can be crucial that governments can maintain an uninterrupted supply of essential goods and services, be it technology, food, or raw materials. As countries across the world now face an unprecedented demand on supplies and services to tackle the outbreak of COVID-19, it may be important for governments to take stock of the potential risks to national security that could accompany their choice of vendor.

[Author: Stijn Hoorens]

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[l] at 8/6/20 5:28pm
Workers in the arts and cultural industries could be especially vulnerable to the economic shocks of COVID-19. As the United States reopens and decides its future, it should recognize these vulnerabilities, as well as the benefits that the arts and cultural industries offer.

[Author: Susan A. Resetar; James V. Marrone; Daniel Schwam]

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[l] at 8/6/20 4:57pm
Congress is considering establishing an insurance program that would make business interruption coverage for pandemics less expensive and more widely available. We have identified several key questions that policymakers could consider when designing a pandemic risk insurance program.

[Author: Lloyd Dixon; Bethany Saunders-Medina]

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[l] at 8/6/20 3:54pm
The debate over opening U.S. schools is growing more heated by the day. In this Q&A, RAND researchers discuss the different approaches for reopening, how online learning went in the spring, ways to help disadvantaged students, and more.

[Author: Laura S. Hamilton; Shelly Culbertson; Shanthi Nataraj; Laura J. Faherty; Julia H. Kaufman; V. Darleen Opfer; Andrew McEachin]

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[l] at 8/6/20 3:16pm
America's slow-motion retreat in Syria could embolden Iran and Russia and perhaps lead them to underestimate U.S. resolve to protect its interests in the Middle East. Clearer U.S. priorities and more deliberate engagement could reduce risk and help avoid miscalculation.

[Author: Colin P. Clarke; William Courtney]

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