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

  • 5 Things That Should Happen When Obama Visits Hiroshima

    May 23, 2016

    On May 27, President Barack Obama will be the first sitting U.S. president to visit the city of Hiroshima. The visit is a sign of respect and friendship between the American and Japanese people, and should make the two countries' ties even stronger.

  • Behind North Korea's Bid for a 'Peace Treaty'

    May 18, 2016

    By insisting on a peace treaty with America, North Korea is probably seeking war. Its leaders likely hope a treaty would lead to a withdrawal of U.S. forces from South Korea, setting the stage for an invasion by the North.

  • 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?