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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    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.

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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.

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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


    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.

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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.

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    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.