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

    Dueling Doctrines: Mullen vs. Powell? Or Mullen & Powell vs. Rumsfeld?

    Mar 17, 2010

    Reflecting changes in the American approach to counterinsurgency, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mullen recently enunciated a new and apparently more restrained doctrine for the use of armed force. But is this really a repudiation of the so-called Powell Doctrine?, asks James Dobbins.

  • Commentary

    Iran's Counter-Strike

    Feb 25, 2010

    Iran's attempt to join the world's nuclear-weapons club is setting the stage for a military confrontation. Israel's view on the matter is clear—a nuclear-armed Iran is a threat to its existence. What will Iran do in the wake of an Israeli attack that Iran will almost certainly assume has U.S. support, asks David E. Johnson.

  • Commentary

    Managing Catastrophic North Korea Risks

    Jan 21, 2010

    In recent years, U.S. commanders of the ROK/U.S. Combined Forces Command have been unanimous in stating that CFC could defeat a North Korean invasion. Nevertheless, they have also expressed concern about the catastrophic damage that North Korea could do to the ROK before losing, writes Bruce Bennett.

  • Commentary

    A Year After Mumbai, Lashkar's Threat Has Only Grown

    Nov 25, 2009

    One year ago, 10 gunmen from a Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba laid siege to Mumbai. Lashkar's main enemy is India, but it has also waged a peripheral jihad against the United States and its allies since shortly after 9/11, writes Stephen Tankel.

  • Commentary

    G-20 Growing Pains

    Sep 24, 2009

    The increasing importance of the G-20 summits is testimony to the growing role emerging states now play in managing the international economy. But integrating these newcomers into the global community is unlikely to be straightforward or simple, writes Lowell H. Schwartz.

  • Blog

    Capitalism Still Works: Our Economy Will Recover Because We Are Innovators and Entrepreneurs

    Sep 17, 2009

    The damage done by the financial crisis now seems to require not a refurbishing job but an extreme makeover. While soul-searching and even self-loathing are inevitable during a crisis, this is no time for America to shy away from a capitalist system that has produced decades of economic growth, writes Krishna Kumar.

  • Commentary

    How Russia Can and Can't Help Obama

    Aug 26, 2009

    In hindsight, KGB analysts and Soviet officials were extraordinarily prescient about the perils of Islamist terrorism and the fallout from the Afghan jihad. But could Russia, for all its faults and foibles, be a more valuable counterterrorism partner today, asks Brian Michael Jenkins.

  • Event

    Congressional Panel Reviews South Korean Health Reform

    Jul 15, 2009

    A variety of RAND experts on Asia and health, including Executive Vice President Michael Rich, will join several health officials from South Korea to discuss Korea's Experience in Harmonizing Public and Private Health Insurance Systems for Universal Coverage on July 15, 2009.