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.

  • U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta meets with Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, in Delhi, India, June 5, 2012

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    Indian Military Assistance Is Needed in Afghanistan

    Jul 11, 2012

    In the long run, a more robust Indian military role in Afghanistan represents one of the best ways to advance New Delhi's strategic interests while fostering Kabul's continued security and economic development after US and NATO forces begin to withdraw in 2014, write Larry Hanauer and Peter Chalk.

  • A Filipino worker cleans the statue of late U.S. General Douglas MacArthur October 7, 1994 for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the landing of U.S. and allied troops on Leyte island in the Japanese-occupied Philippines during World War II

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    John Gordon Receives Arthur Goodzeit Book Award for 'Fighting for MacArthur'

    Jun 8, 2012

    John Gordon won the 2011 Arthur Goodzeit Book Award for Fighting for MacArthur: The Navy and Marine Corps' Desperate Defense of the Philippines, a World War II history. The award was presented by the New York Military Affairs Symposium.

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    John Gordon Discusses Fighting for MacArthur

    Jun 8, 2012

    John Gordon, RAND Senior Policy Analyst, discusses his book Fighting for MacArthur with the editor of Leatherneck Magazine, Colonel Walt Ford, USMC (Ret).

  • A wargames board game

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    Anatomy of a War Game

    Jun 6, 2012

    War games are especially important as countries prepare to counter adversaries who use asymmetric strategies or weapons, forcing military planners to deal with unfamiliar threats, writes Bruce Bennett.

  • A homeless Chinese man with his daughter sleeping on steps

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    The Inequality Debate: The United States versus China

    Jun 4, 2012

    The inequality debate should focus more on the sources and reasons for inequality, and less on how much inequality there is, or how much it has changed, writes Charles Wolf, Jr.

  • Marines board aircraft in preparation to support Operation Tomodachi

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    Okinawa Remains an Intractable Thorn for US and Japan

    May 25, 2012

    The relocation of the Marines is a first step toward a more sustainable US military presence in the Asia-Pacific. Yet policymakers in Washington and Tokyo should not expect this move to eliminate an enduring source of tension in US-Japanese relations, write Stacie L. Pettyjohn and Alan J. Vick.

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

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    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

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    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.