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Successful information efforts by foreign adversaries try to sow deep divisions between groups of Americans to generate a perception of "us" versus "them" that will trigger strong reactions. Here's how to counter those efforts:

America is deeply divided. The U.S. political system is polarized. And bizarre conspiracy theories have now entered mainstream discourse. Will there be domestic terrorism during election season? RAND's @BrianMJenkins  discusses the range of possibilities:

During the pandemic, there has been a spike in alcohol consumption among women, younger adults, and non-Hispanic white individuals. In particular, heavy drinking (4+ drinks within a couple of hours) among women has increased by 41%. New study:

"The difference between 1975 and 2018, in terms of the share of income taken home by the bottom 90%, is 17 percentage points—or $2.5 trillion in a single year. Over the whole 43 years, it's $47 trillion. That's so large, it becomes difficult to interpret."

Here's how manufacturer prices for insulin in the United States compare with those in other OECD countries:

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This new study by @Helmus  and colleagues tests the effect of media literacy and labeling interventions on American Facebook users' reactions to actual Russian propaganda memes.

Population growth, urbanization, and inadequate infrastructure have left many cities to face sewer overflows, stormwater flooding, and reduced water quality. Climate change is expected to make things worse. This new report explores a potential solution:

How can U.S. and Chinese influence in the Indo-Pacific be measured? What are Washington and Beijing competing over, exactly? And how do different players in the region view this struggle? This new report explores:

America's civic infrastructure has been allowed to crumble, say RAND's @michaeldrich  and @jekavanagh . Here's how President-elect Biden's administration could tackle the problem:


"One of the central challenges for the United States and Europe will be to forge a more united approach to China's resurgence, lest its growing ambitions and influence erode the foundations of the European and transatlantic projects."

We're excited to announce our first research report on the diminishing role of facts and analysis in American public life. We call this phenomenon #TruthDecay . via &

The narrative that China is attempting to exploit the #COVID19  crisis for geopolitical gain is exaggerated, says @DerekJGrossman . Beijing's assertive behavior isn't new.

China is using "simplistic mask diplomacy" to try to make other nations forget about Beijing's role in the pandemic, says RAND's Jeffrey Hornung.

In America, gunshots claim about as many lives as car crashes.  Yet the federal government spends only about 1.6% as much on gun violence research as it does on studying traffic crashes and other leading causes of death.

We hear a lot about "fake news," but America faces a much bigger problem. People no longer agree on basic facts. Here's why that's so dangerous — and what our researchers are doing about it.

"Since the beginning of 2018, Kim has surrendered and dismantled no nuclear weapons, but has likely built 5-9 new nuclear weapons. So he has not frozen his nuclear program and he has certainly not been denuclearizing; instead, he has been nuclearizing."

"Any return to normalcy is going to require both parties—the Hong Kong government and protesters—to make difficult, even risky, compromises. But if done in good faith, Hong Kong can finally move past this painful moment in its history." — @DerekJGrossman