Center for Asia Pacific Policy

The RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy (CAPP) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, multidisciplinary research center within RAND. CAPP’s mission is to improve policy by providing decision-makers and the public with rigorous, objective, cutting-edge research on critical policy challenges facing Asia and U.S.-Asia relations.

Noteworthy Research

  • The Taliban's Persistent Threat

    Apr 21, 2016

    The United States and its NATO allies have been scaling back their military commitment in Afghanistan. The Taliban, in response, have been scaling up their operations, inflicting unprecedented heavy casualties on Afghan government forces and gaining increased control over much of the countryside.

  • Beijing Ups the Ante in South China Sea Dispute with HQ-9 Deployment

    Mar 29, 2016

    China's recent deployment of HQ-9 missiles to the Paracel Islands signals its determination to consolidate its gains in the South China Sea, regardless of criticism by the United States and its allies.

  • Can China Age Healthily?

    Mar 23, 2016

    China has more older people than any other country, and its population is the fastest aging in the world, presenting challenges for Chinese families and the government alike. China is part of a global community striving for healthy aging, and lessons learned will have implications for the rest of the world.

  • Getting to Yes with China in Cyberspace

    Mar 22, 2016

    The tensions that divide the United States and China apply just as much to cyberspace as to relations in the physical world. Can the two countries achieve meaningful outcomes through formal negotiations over cyber norms and rules?

  • The Importance of Sunnylands for U.S.-ASEAN Relations

    Feb 24, 2016

    The first ever Association for Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit held on U.S. soil took place earlier this month. Its success should be measured by the fact that the U.S. prioritized relations with the region enough to host its first summit. It should be regarded as the beginning of a new era in U.S.-ASEAN relations.

  • China's Naval Modernization: Where Is It Headed?

    Feb 10, 2016

    The PLA Navy is expanding its capabilities and operations to reduce vulnerabilities in China's near seas, but also to aggressively support its expanding global ambitions and challenge U.S. leadership in Asia.