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

  • Saving Afghanistan: More Than Just Troops

    Nov 5, 2015

    President Obama's decision to preserve troop strength in Afghanistan is a major step in the right direction. But his commitment to continued support for President Ghani and the national unity government as they pursue critical reforms will determine whether the U.S. troop commitment has any value.

  • India's Interest in Southeast Asia Will Have a Significant Impact on U.S. Strategic Planning

    Oct 22, 2015

    India's core goals for Southeast Asia are in basic harmony with those of the United States. Domestic concerns will likely prevent Prime Minister Modi from implementing his “Act East” policy as rapidly as some might wish, so America should demonstrate strategic patience and willingness to cultivate a long-term relationship with India.

  • Opioid Rising: How to Stop the World's Growing Heroin Crisis

    Oct 20, 2015

    At least 90 percent of the world's opium comes from Afghanistan, and it will take decades—not years—to elicit lasting reductions. Efforts should help increase rural wages, improve education and opportunities for women, and establish stronger markets for alternative crops.

  • More Boots Isn't Enough to Save Afghanistan

    Oct 16, 2015

    Until there is a viable political strategy for Afghanistan, any modicum of U.S. troops is, at best, playing not to lose. Doing better than that will require promoting three dimensions of political change in Afghanistan and between Kabul and Islamabad.

  • An Interactive Look at the U.S.-China Military Scorecard

    Sep 14, 2015

    To advance the public debate, RAND Project AIR FORCE used open, unclassified sources to compile 'The U.S.-China Military Scorecard: Forces, Geography, and the Evolving Balance of Power.' Use this interactive graphic to explore the operational areas covered in the report.

  • China at Home: Marrying Prosperity and Well-Being

    Aug 21, 2015

    As China strives to sustain its upward economic trajectory, it must also address its domestic problems—such as air pollution and the challenges presented by its aging population—if its people are to share fully in the rewards of economic development and expansion.