From the RAND Blog

Below, you'll find the most recent commentary from RAND experts on topics related to Asia. For a complete list of all commentaries by RAND staff, visit The RAND Blog.

  • Commentary

    Don't Weaken the U.S.-Japan Alliance, Strengthen It

    Aug 14, 2016

    As long as the United States and Japan stick together, they should have the strength to deter or, if necessary, defeat the threats they face. But if Washington abandons its alliance commitments, the risk of war will rise and America will be less safe.

  • Commentary

    Do Economic Ties Limit the Prospect of Conflict?

    Aug 9, 2016

    China has grown stronger economically and militarily over the past 35 years and has become more assertive. Its trade and investment links with Japan are substantial but they have been declining, and are less of a constraint on conflict than before.

  • Q&A

    Q&A: An Unthinkable War Between the U.S. and China

    Aug 4, 2016

    David Gompert, lead author of a RAND report that explores an unthinkable U.S.-China war answers questions about what the study does — and does not — say about the potential for such a war and its possible outcome.

  • Commentary

    China Signals Resolve with Bomber Flights Over the South China Sea

    Aug 2, 2016

    Since the PCA tribunal ruled in favor of the Philippines' case on July 12, invalidating many of China's claims in the South China Sea, Beijing has sought to demonstrate its military strength in the region. The PLAAF's H-6K has played a key role.

  • Commentary

    The U.S.-China Cyber Agreement: A Good First Step

    Aug 1, 2016

    China's apparent compliance with the cyber agreement might represent little more than a temporary shift in tactics. Prof. Scott Harold says the U.S. should make clear that indictments may once again be sought if Chinese hackers resume cyber espionage against U.S. firms.

  • Commentary

    Judgment on the South China Sea: What's Next?

    Jul 21, 2016

    On July 12, the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled in favor of the Philippines' claims to maritime entitlements in the South China Sea. How China reacts could have far-reaching consequences for all nations that depend on a peaceful and integrated Southeast Asia.

  • Blog

    Froman and Shatz Discuss U.S. Trade Policies, Brexit Implications

    Jul 13, 2016

    Days before British citizens voted to exit the EU, RAND experts and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman gathered to discuss U.S. international economic policies that can expand strategic options, as well as the potential implications of Brexit.

  • Commentary

    Is the Surge in Terrorist Attacks Coincidence or Coordinated Campaign?

    Jul 11, 2016

    Whatever the investigations of recent terrorist attacks reveal, the facts may be portrayed (or ignored) to fit narratives written even before the blood has dried.