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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

  • Commentary

    Why Has Obama Lifted the Arms Sales Ban on Vietnam?

    May 25, 2016

    The lifting of the Vietnam arms embargo needs to be understood as part of the long process of normalizing relations with a former U.S. enemy and building toward a more cooperative, economically dynamic and strategic future-oriented relationship.

  • Commentary

    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. As Prof. Scott Harold writes, the visit is a sign of respect and friendship between the American and Japanese people, and should make the two countries' ties even stronger.

  • Commentary

    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, writes professor and alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75). 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.

  • Commentary

    Book Review: 'The Improbable War'

    May 11, 2016

    In The Improbable War: China, the United States, and the Logic of Great Power Conflict, Christopher Coker explores historical analogies and strategic narratives. The intellectual journey is pleasant and engaging but lacks a significant final destination.

  • Commentary

    Friends If We Must: Russia and China in the Arctic

    May 6, 2016

    Russia's rebalancing toward China is particularly important in the Arctic, a region in which Russia has great ambitions, but also struggles with major vulnerabilities. Russia needs China as an investor, as a technological partner, and as a key consumer of energy to support its flagging, energy-dependent economy.

  • Multimedia

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

    May 2, 2016

    In this May 2016 congressional briefing, RAND experts Scott W. Harold and Martin Libicki discuss the differing perspectives and interests of the United States and China in cyberspace.

  • Event

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

    May 2, 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

    Why Obama Is Right to Visit Hiroshima

    Apr 29, 2016

    Later this month, President Obama will do something none of his predecessors have ever done: visit Hiroshima. This will likely be viewed as a highly symbolic gesture of friendship and healing. It also presents an opportunity to invite Japanese Prime Minister Abe to lay a wreath at Pearl Harbor.