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.

  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (2nd R) and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (R) walk as they arrive to the site of previously burnt ivory, in Nairobi National Park May 10, 2014

    Commentary

    In Africa: U.S. Promotes Security, China Does Business

    May 31, 2014

    Africans require both security and economic growth. Global powers like China and the United States do not need to choose between the two when focusing their foreign policy efforts.

  • Chinese Renminbi banknotes

    Commentary

    A Liberated Yuan Is Likely to Fall

    May 21, 2014

    Some critics claim that the People's Bank of China is contriving to weaken the yuan's value to promote Chinese exports and stimulate the country's lagging growth. But the yuan's true value may be lower than some popular estimates.

  •  Narendra Modi waves during a youth event organized by India's Citizens for Accountable Governance.

    Commentary

    A Milder Modi?

    May 19, 2014

    India has never had an election like this one—and its political landscape will likely never be the same again. Narendra Modi, India's most polarizing political figure in a generation, will become prime minister with a virtually unchecked mandate.

  • Sir Harold Evans and Undersecretary of State Robert Hormats at RAND's Politics Aside event

    Announcement

    Amb. Robert D. Hormats Named Chair of CAPP Advisory Board

    May 19, 2014

    Ambassador Robert D. Hormats has been named the chairman of the advisory board for the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy. He is currently vice chairman of Kissinger Associates Inc.

  • April 30th Conference on Chinese Strategic Thinking

    Blog

    Experts, Scholars Evaluate Chinese Strategic Thinking

    May 12, 2014

    Despite international concerns about an increasingly assertive China, there has been little systematic assessment of whether Chinese military strategy is changing. On April 30, experts, scholars, and government analysts gathered at RAND Corporation offices to evaluate changing Chinese strategic thinking.

  • South Korean divers operate at the site where the capsized passenger ship Sewol sank in the sea off Jindo April 20, 2014

    Commentary

    Death Is Never Far When You Are at Sea

    May 12, 2014

    The U.S. marine safety record is impressive, arguably the best in the world. Yet, as the heartbreaking example of the Sewol demonstrates, the United States must never become complacent.

  • Hindu saints stand in line to cast their votes at a polling station in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad April 30, 2014

    Commentary

    India Votes — and What It Might Mean for the United States

    May 5, 2014

    If elected, Modi could turn out to be the politician that India's Congress accuses him of being, focusing on an internal agenda that discourages foreign engagement. The U.S. would no doubt prefer that he follow the economic course he charted in Gujarat.

  • Russia's President Vladimir Putin welcomes China's President Xi Jinping before the first working session of the G20 Summit in near St. Petersburg, Sept. 5, 2013

    Commentary

    Why Ukraine Crisis Has China in a Bind

    Apr 16, 2014

    As much as China may wish to lean on Russia should Beijing find itself at odds with the United States, Xi seeks a new type of great power relationship with the United States that calls for mutual respect, no confrontation, and cooperation.