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.

  • Commentary

    The Secret Briefing Obama Needs on Day One

    Jan 22, 2009

    A select few Americans will ever see the president's daily brief — a digest of the intelligence community's most closely guarded secrets. But trust me, Barack Obama is going to need much more useful information than he is getting now, writes Gregory F. Treverton.

  • Event

    China's Rising Power in Asia

    Dec 11, 2008

    Senior Political Scientist Evan S. Medeiros will present Asia Responds to China's Rise at a Congressional Briefing on December 11, 2008.

  • Blog

    India, Pakistan Must Confront Threat of More Violence

    Dec 9, 2008

    As the last Mumbai sites were being cleared of terrorists, grim signs emerged of the challenges that face India and Pakistan. Unfortunately, beginning to know what the Mumbai attack was — and what it was not — only augurs more violence for India. At least three factors are at play, writes Christine Fair.

  • Commentary

    Mumbai's Terrifying Logic

    Dec 9, 2008

    We tend to describe terrorism as senseless violence, but it seldom is. If we look at the attacks from the attackers' perspective, we can discern a certain strategic logic, writes Brian Michael Jenkins.

  • Commentary

    The Backlash Against Terror

    Dec 8, 2008

    The recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, are part of a disturbing trend across the Muslim world of groups that target civilians in the name of Islam. Less visible to Western eyes, but potentially just as significant, is a growing backlash among Muslims who condemn such attacks as unethical, writes Seth Jones.

  • Blog

    A Nuclear 9/11?

    Sep 11, 2008

    Will terrorists go nuclear? It is a question that worried public officials and frightened citizens have been asking for decades. It is no less of a worry today, as we ponder the seventh anniversary of 9/11, writes Brian Michael Jenkins.

  • Event

    Pandemic Influenza Preparedness in Southeast Asia and the Middle East

    Mar 10, 2008

    Melinda Moore will present Pandemic Influenza Preparedness in Southeast Asia and the Middle East as part of the RAND Congressional Briefing Series on March 10.

  • News Release

    Gift from Cyrus Chung Ying Tang Foundation Will Help Establish China Study Institute

    Sep 19, 2007

    The Cyrus Chung Ying Tang Foundation has donated $2 million to the RAND Corporation to establish the Tang Institute for U.S.-China Relations. The institute will work to improve policy discussions that shape relations between the U.S. and China on issues such as currency, labor and trade, and more.