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.

  • Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta attends the NATO Summit in Chicago, May 21, 2012


    Three Challenges Still Await NATO

    May 24, 2012

    Three challenges still await NATO: containing fallout from France's new policy, re-opening the Pakistan supply lines, and the need for Russian cooperation, writes Christopher S. Chivvis.

  • Industrial and Commercial Bank of China


    Questions After the First U.S. Bank Takeover by a Chinese State-Controlled Company

    May 15, 2012

    In considering foreign application to acquire U.S. companies, the United States needs to consider both risks as well as benefits in both defense and economic dimensions, write Charles Wolf, Jr., Brian Chow, Gregory Jones, and Scott Harold.

  • Fabric flags of China and Iran


    Examining the Relationship Between China and Iran

    May 3, 2012

    The partnership between China and Iran presents challenges to U.S. interests, including dissuading Iran from developing a nuclear weapons capability.

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    The Capabilities of China's Rapidly Modernizing Air Force

    Feb 22, 2012

    In "A Revolution for China's Air Force," discusses Chinese military efforts to make the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) into the world's preeminent air power. The article references "Shaking the Heavens and Splitting the Earth," a RAND report analyzing how the PLAAF would likely employ its rapidly modernizing air forces in a future conflict.

  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta enters a press conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, Afghanistan, December 14, 2011, photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo/U.S. Dept. of Defense


    Negotiating Peace in Afghanistan Without Repeating Vietnam

    Jan 13, 2012

    The Vietnam negotiations arose from a U.S. initiative, in response to domestic political imperatives and over repeated objections from the Saigon regime. By contrast, the incipient Afghan process has its roots in that society, not ours, writes James Dobbins.

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Japan's Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto shake hands after their meeting at the Iikura Guest House in Tokyo, April 17, 2011, photo by Yuriko Nakao/Reuters


    Tokyo's Transformation

    Aug 25, 2011

    The U.S. response to the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami showcased its lasting commitment to Japan, as well as the unique logistical and material capabilities that the U.S. military forces stationed in the Pacific can provide.

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    Mumbai Rising? India's Economic Rise and the United States

    Jul 28, 2011

    On August 26, 2010, the RAND Corporation presented Mumbai Rising? as part of its public outreach series in Santa Monica, California. Economist Krishna B. Kumar discussed India's impact on the global economy and the implications of India's economic rise for the United States.

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    After bin Laden: The United States, Afghanistan, and Pakistan

    Jun 16, 2011

    On June 16, 2011, the RAND Corporation presented "After bin Laden: The United States, Afghanistan, and Pakistan" as part of its public outreach series in Santa Monica, California. The program featured senior political scientist Seth Jones, an expert on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and al Qa'ida who has worked abroad in conflict zones over the last several years.