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Below, you'll find the most recent news, commentary, testimony, and events on topics related to Asia. For a complete list of all commentaries by RAND staff, visit The RAND Blog. For a complete list of all congressional testimony by RAND staff, visit the Congressional Testimony page.

Latest News and Commentary

  • Event

    Getting to Yes with China in Cyberspace: Is it Possible?

    May 1, 2016

    Scott Warren Harold and Martin Libicki will discuss the contentious relationship between the United States and China with regard to establishing norms and rules in cyberspace. Are there any feasible paths to getting to a meaningful and lasting agreement?

  • Commentary

    Obama Should Visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    Apr 28, 2016

    During his upcoming visit to Japan, President Obama will have an opportunity to do something that none of his predecessors have ever done: visit the first and last cities to suffer atomic bombings.

  • Commentary

    Xi's Purge of the Military Prepares the Chinese Army for Confrontation

    Apr 21, 2016

    Xi Jinping is relying on an unprecedented anti-corruption campaign, echoing Mao Zedong's dictum that “the party commands the gun,” and implementing a sweeping reorganization of the PLA to ensure his personal dominance over the military and to strengthen its ability to deter or win future wars.

  • Commentary

    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.

  • Commentary

    Taiwan Forced to Rethink Its Air Defense Strategy

    Apr 14, 2016

    Taiwan's defense problem is challenging, but it will spend a considerable sum on air defense capabilities in the coming years, and those investments could be made much more effective.

  • Commentary

    THAAD's Effect on South Korea's Neighbors

    Apr 5, 2016

    It is hard to determine how China or Russia will respond to THAAD deployment in South Korea. THAAD deployment could change the dynamic and terms of the debate, leading to greater Chinese pressure on North Korea to curb its nuclear and missile threats.

  • Commentary

    Matching and Migration: Lessons from a Resettlement Program in Indonesia

    Apr 5, 2016

    With careful planning, resettlement remains a feasible and politically attractive option for coping with environmentally-induced migration in many settings. The lessons from Indonesia's Transmigration program can help inform ongoing resettlement planning.

  • Commentary

    Will the PLA Reforms Succeed?

    Apr 1, 2016

    Reforms within the Chinese People's Liberation Army are in the process of delivering sweeping changes to its day-to-day operations, despite concerns held by some military members. Whether or not the overall implementation is successful as envisioned, assessing the operational implications of the reforms will require more time.