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.

  • College students attending a lecture in Gurgaon, on the outskirts of New Delhi

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    India Embraces MOOCs, but What If It Is a 'Lousy Product'?

    Jan 7, 2014

    One hundred engineering colleges around India will rely heavily on virtual instruction under a new program. Given the amount India is investing, it is important to make the best possible use of the complex and evolving Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) model.

  • a redesignation ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma

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    The Battle of Futenma Isn't Over Yet

    Jan 3, 2014

    Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima's decision to grant the permit to build a U.S. Marine Corps airbase on an offshore landfill near the village of Henoko village is being hailed as an important breakthrough in U.S.-Japanese relations. Yet this is wishful thinking, says Stacie L. Pettyjohn.

  • Chinese marine surveillance ship sails near Japan Coast Guard vessels and a Japanese fishing boat in front of one of the disputed islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China

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    China, the United States, and Great Power Diplomacy

    Dec 26, 2013

    The United States doesn't care about a few islands half a world away, but it should care about how China throws its weight around, how it relates to its neighbors, and what it thinks it can get away with.

  • Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency Reza Najafi attends a news conference in Vienna

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    A 'Nixon to China' Moment with Iran?

    Dec 24, 2013

    The current negotiations with Iran designed to eliminate its nuclear weapons capability seem to lack a broader strategic objective: stabilizing the Middle East with a regional balance of power. What does the China experience tell us about prospects for a strategic breakthrough with Iran?

  • U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is welcomed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before their talks in Tokyo December 3, 2013

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    No Easy Way Out for China After 'Air Defense Zone' Ratchets Up Tensions

    Dec 4, 2013

    The ongoing row between China and Japan over a chain of islands in the East China Sea escalated sharply last week when Beijing declared an “air defense zone” over the disputed territory. If China's intention was to force Japan to the negotiating table, Beijing's plan appears to have backfired.

  • Chinese naval soldiers stand guard on China's first aircraft carrier Liaoning

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    Thoughts on China's New Air Defense Zone Policy

    Dec 4, 2013

    In response to an inquiry from The Nelson Report, RAND's Scott Harold offered some thoughts on China's new air defense zone policy and how Japan and South Korea could be brought closer together by their respective responses.

  • Soldiers quickly walk to the ramp of the CH-47 Chinook cargo helicopter that will return them to Kandahar Army Air Field.

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    Seth Jones and Keith Crane: Afghanistan After the Drawdown

    Nov 27, 2013

    The United States should maintain roughly 8,000–12,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014 to manage the complex political, security, and economic challenges that will accompany the reduction in forces, say Seth Jones and Keith Crane.

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sits between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius at the United Nations Headquarters after the P5+1 member nations concluded a nuclear deal with Iran in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 24, 2013.

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    A First Step in Geneva

    Nov 25, 2013

    The Geneva agreement is only a first step toward a comprehensive deal but it is an important achievement. Iran's ability to move toward a nuclear weapons breakout capability has been halted in return for limited sanctions relief.