About CAPP

The RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy (CAPP) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, multidisciplinary research center within RAND. CAPP's mission is to improve policy by providing decision-makers and the public with rigorous, objective, cutting-edge research on critical policy challenges facing Asia and U.S.-Asia relations.

CAPP's research falls into two substantive areas: 

  • Business strategy issues, including market drivers, currency, regulatory trends, and risk analysis issues.
  • Development issues, including infrastructure planning, infrastructure security, design of efficient networks, capital markets, and environmental issues.

CAPP research activities and programs are made possible by generous financial support from individuals, corporations and private foundations. To find out how you can become involved, please contact Kate O'Neal.

To expand the circle of people knowledgeable about important issues facing the Asia-Pacific policy community, CAPP sponsors a variety of educational events and distributes its publications widely.

We Make a Difference

CAPP's work addresses the most critical challenges facing the Asia-Pacific region. Drawing on our rigorous, impartial, and analytic capabilities, RAND analysts have:

  • created new frameworks for U.S.-China policy
  • analyzed futures of the U.S.-South Korea alliance and for addressing North Korea's WMD
  • provided advice to Afghanistan on Islam in the new constitution
  • explored the impact of the information revolution on Asian societies
  • analyzed China's greatest economic challenges
  • examined nuclear proliferation in India and Pakistan
  • measured the impact of the financial crisis on Indonesia's most vulnerable citizens
  • suggested ways to address terrorist networks in Southeast Asia
  • assisted China by studying the use of market mechanisms for emission reductions
  • compared the rises of China and India.
  • analyzed how South Korea can cope with the tech challenge from China.
  • worked with think tanks from Japan, South Korea, China and Russia to analyze paths for normalization of North Korea.
  • projected geopolitical trends in Asia for coming decades.

Not only does our research reach the highest levels of government around the world, but private-sector clients have turned to us as well. We have advised numerous and varied organizations about political economic, social and military affairs throughout the region.