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.

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    North Korea, South Korea, What's Next?

    Dec 14, 2012

    In this conference call with reporters, RAND senior defense analyst Bruce Bennett provides analysis on the recent North Korea missile launch, policy implications of North Korea's nuclear tests, and elections in South Korean.

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    Generations of Terrorism

    Dec 12, 2012

    Whatever its eventual outcome, Syria's civil war has already produced thousands of experienced jihadists who will continue to threaten the region for years to come, writes Brian Michael Jenkins.

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    North Korea's Just Getting Started

    Dec 12, 2012

    While many observers of North Korea have been surprised by the apparently peaceful ascension of Kim Jong-Un, there are reasons to believe that the situation in the North is not so stable, writes Bruce Bennett.

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    High Hopes for Philippine Peace Plan

    Dec 6, 2012

    The government has successfully used a combination of counterinsurgency strategies against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in recent years, raising expectations that the new peace deal will also succeed—and in a manner that favors the government's interests, writes Molly Dunigan.

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    Civil Society Can Help China Modernise

    Dec 1, 2012

    Deng Xiaoping always made local experimentation a priority for the development of new national policies. The same should be true of the new leadership as it creates methods to address the "new modernisations," write Karla Simon and David Yang.

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    Afghan Drawdown Numbers May Obscure Larger Questions

    Nov 28, 2012

    The number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan is only one of several important policy choices—and not necessarily the most important one, writes Seth G. Jones. For example: What will the U.S. do about the insurgent sanctuary in Pakistan?

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    America's Trouble with China

    Nov 19, 2012

    Perhaps the best way to avoid confrontation is to cooperate on shared external threats, most notably nuclear proliferation, global climate change, and Islamic extremism. But getting to 2030 without a major confrontation will be a major achievement, writes Harold Brown.

  • U.S. President Barack Obama speaks alongside Nobel Peace Prize laureate and long-time opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi at her residence in Yangon, Myanmar, November 19, 2012


    Obama and Myanmar (Burma): Four Points About Conflict There

    Nov 19, 2012

    We can expect to see continued jockeying for scarce resources among vulnerable populations around the globe, attempts by majority communities to disenfranchise powerless minority groups, and episodes of extreme weather to blow away any notion that disasters—whether natural, man-made, or both—can't happen here, writes Jonah Blank.