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.

  • 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.

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    How Does Bin Laden's Death Change U.S. Equation in Af-Pak Region?

    May 4, 2011

    In a PBS NewsHour interview, Jeffrey Brown speaks with Seth Jones of the RAND Corporation and Celeste Ward Gventer of the University of Texas at Austin about how Osama bin Laden's death might influence the withdrawal of U.S. and coalition forces from Afghanistan.

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    Brian Michael Jenkins Discusses the Death of bin Laden and Prognosis for al Qaeda

    May 4, 2011

    Brian Michael Jenkins, senior adviser at the RAND Corporation, spoke with RAND media relations director Jeffrey Hiday about the death of Osama bin Laden and how it might affect al Qaeda, the relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan, and more.

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    RAND Corporation to Help Guangzhou Development District Craft Innovation Strategy for New 'Knowledge City'

    Mar 23, 2011

    RAND has signed an agreement to help the Guangzhou Economic and Technological Development District in Guangdong Province, People's Republic of China, to develop a strategic plan for a system of policies, incentives, and other practices to support technological innovation in Knowledge City, a planned new development for 300,000 residents.

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    Beating Back the Taliban

    Mar 14, 2011

    There is a growing recognition among senior Taliban leaders that they are losing momentum in parts of southern Afghanistan, their longtime stronghold, writes Seth Jones.