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

    Giving Japan a Military

    Jun 20, 2017

    After 70 years, Japan may finally be on the cusp of acquiring its own military. Legally, that is. Prime Minister Abe has proposed a change to Japan's constitution to give legal standing to the Self-Defense Forces, and it's long overdue.

  • Commentary

    Taiwan's 2017 Quadrennial Defense Review in Context

    Jun 14, 2017

    Taiwan's 2017 Quadrennial Defense Review is consistent with past reviews on defense strategy, reform of the military service system, and defense budget constraints. It also emphasizes the importance to President Tsai of Taiwan's domestic defense industry and shows uncertainty about U.S. Asia policy.

  • Commentary

    Japan's Mistaken South Sudan Withdrawal

    Jun 8, 2017

    Being a proactive contributor to peace involves risk if a country is serious about gaining real-world experience. Pulling out of South Sudan deprives Japan's Self-Defense Force of crucial operational experience and sends a confusing message to the United States and the international community.

  • Multimedia

    China and North Korea

    Jun 8, 2017

    Overview of testimony presented by Andrew Scobell before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on June 8, 2017.

  • Blog

    Conversations at RAND: Security Tensions in Northeast Asia

    Jun 8, 2017

    The increasing tempo of developments in North Korea is of growing concern not only to South Korea but also to the U.S., Japan, and even China. At a RAND event, senior researcher Bruce Bennett discussed how complex the situation is and what options the U.S. has going forward.

  • Commentary

    End the Korean War, Finally

    Jun 8, 2017

    The North Koreans want a declaration of peace as reassurance that they won't be attacked and as recognition that their country is a sovereign state and legitimate power. A peace agreement is most likely a necessary element to any resolution of the North Korean nuclear challenge.

  • Commentary

    Is Moon Ready to Reunite Korea? Is Kim Jong Un?

    Jun 2, 2017

    President Moon Jae-in is focused on South Korean domestic issues and internal unification. But he needs to prepare for unification with North Korea. He will face challenges whether unification is brought on by peaceful coexistence or as the result of sudden change.

  • Event

    Security Tensions in Northeast Asia

    Jun 1, 2017

    RAND's Bruce Bennett, an expert in Northeast Asian military issues, will discuss efforts by the U.S., its allies, and China to defuse rising tensions in Northeast Asia and halt North Korea's development of nuclear weapons. [Pittsburgh, PA]