CAPP Newsletter Archive: July 2002

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July 2002 Table of Contents

July 2002

Table of Contents

Message from the Director
CAPP in the News
New RAND Publications on Asia
RAND Research Highlights
CAPP News and Events
Recommended Resources


Message from the Director

July's newsletter highlights RAND research ranging from reunification politics in Korea, to economic issues in China, to IT in Asia. Enjoy the newsletter and please send any comments you have to Nina_Hachigian@rand.org.

-Nina Hachigian, CAPP Director

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CAPP in the News

How and What Is Al Qaeda Doing?
Jerrold Green on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
May 31, 2002

Jerrold Green, senior political scientist and director of RAND's Center for Middle East Public Policy, was part of a panel discussion on Al Qaeda and the apprehension of a suspect accused of plotting a "dirty bomb" attack on the United States. Read the Transcript...

U.S. Wants Closer Ties with KL, Jakarta
Angel Rabasa in the Straits Times (Singapore)
May 4, 2002

According to the Straits Times, the United States is taking steps to foster closer military ties with Malaysia and Indonesia. Angel Rabasa, a RAND analyst, noted in the article that the September 11 attacks "have accentuated the geopolitical importance of Southeast Asia, and showed that the two moderate Muslim nations can be valuable allies in the struggle against terrorism." Of Malaysia, he said, "It is a fact that although Prime Minister Mahathir...has sometimes been very critical of the US, at the military level, the relationship [between the US and Malaysia] is as excellent as ever."

Crisis in Kashmir
David Shlapak and Chris Fair in the San Francisco Chronicle
June 7, 2002

This article, examining the possible consequences of a nuclear conflict between India and Pakistan, mentions co-author David Shlapak's report that describes a RAND wargaming scenario depicting a hypothetical India-Pakistan war that breaks out in 2005. Chris Fair, an associate political scientist at RAND, said about the tension between the two nations that "[the situation is] more stable than you'd think. . . Pakistan well knows that if it were to use its nuclear weapons and India were to retaliate (with nuclear bombs), Pakistan would never be able to recover." Read the Article...

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New RAND Publications on Asia

The South Korean Debate over Policies toward North Korea: Internal Dynamics
by Norman D. Levin and Yong-Sup Han

The Center for Asia Pacific Policy recently released the latest report in a series about the debate in South Korea over the Kim administration's "sunshine" policy towards North Korea. This second report focuses on the debate's internal dynamics - the major actors involved and their roles in shaping the debate's evolution. Read More...

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RAND Research Highlights

SEC's Exemptive Power in Regulating Investment Companies and Implications for China's Future Investment Fund Law
In the United States, the use of exemptive power by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been integral to its oversight role. Pardee RAND Graduate School student Feng Zeng argues that granting exemptions is an important part of successful investment company regulation and that China's legislators should consider a similar clause in China's upcoming Investment Fund Law. This research was published in the May 2002 issue of the Economic Herald, Beijing (reprinted by permission).

Read the original article (in Chinese) or the English translation

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CAPP News and Events

CAPP Advisory Board Meets
The RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy held its 2002 board meeting on May 10. Sandy Berger, former National Security Advisor, was the keynote speaker at dinner. Read More

Pakistan's Nuclear Future: How to Maintain Stability
in an Unstable Region?

CAPP hosted a roundtable with Brigadier Feroz Hassan Khan, Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Affairs Division, Strategic Plans Division of the Joint Services Headquarters of Pakistan, and current Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow. Brigadier Khan discussed the effects of current tensions in South Asia on Pakistan's current and future nuclear policies and the prospects of attaining greater stability in the region. Read More

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Recommended Resources

The following are newsgroups, magazines, portal sites, and other online resources that policy analysts, researchers, and others studying Asia-Pacific policy may find helpful. Please note that CAPP has no control over these sites and is not responsible for their content. Links to other sites are provided for convenience of reference only and are not intended as an endorsement by CAPP or RAND.

Asia Observer is a portal page for news and developments in Asia. It offers breaking news as well as links to a variety of Asian newspapers and other websites about the region.