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.

CAPP in the News

A selection of media reporting on critical RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy research.

CAPP Publications of Note

  • North Korea's Latest Military Operations

    Apr 8, 2014

    Whatever form of chest thumping comes next from Kim, it is clear that his goal is to put forward the appearance of strength and power, when in reality he faces instability at home and scorn from the international community.

  • Chinese Engagement in Africa Is a Two-Way Dynamic

    Mar 12, 2014

    Most analyses of Chinese engagement in Africa present China's quest for oil and other natural resources as a single-minded focus that dominates the nation's policy toward the continent. But Chinese-African relations have a give-and-take dynamic in which Africans have driven China to change its approach.

  • Should the U.S. Move the Marines to Guam?

    Feb 28, 2014

    The option to permanently base Marines on Guam should hinge on the benefits of the location and the costs. Guam scores poorly on both counts and better options exist. However, previous guidance provided to the Marine Corps constrains consideration of such options.

  • The Sixty Years of the Korea-U.S. Security Alliance: Past, Present, and Future

    Dec 30, 2013

    The Republic of Korea (ROK) and the United States have maintained a strong security alliance for 60 years. Because North Korea is a failing state, the ROK and the United States must seek to deter, and, if necessary, defeat a range of North Korean challenges, from provocations to major war.

  • China, the United States, and Great Power Diplomacy

    Dec 26, 2013

    The United States doesn't care about a few islands half a world away, but it should care about how China throws its weight around, how it relates to its neighbors, and what it thinks it can get away with.

  • No Easy Way Out for China After 'Air Defense Zone' Ratchets Up Tensions

    Dec 4, 2013

    The ongoing row between China and Japan over a chain of islands in the East China Sea escalated sharply last week when Beijing declared an “air defense zone” over the disputed territory. If China's intention was to force Japan to the negotiating table, Beijing's plan appears to have backfired.