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

    Dealing with North Korean Threats of War

    On January 10, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un abandoned decades of seeking peaceful Korean unification. He seems likely to escalate because of serious internal problems and because his Cold War approach of provocations has failed to achieve his external objectives. Has Kim really decided to go to war?

    Feb 12, 2024

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    Threats to America's Critical Infrastructure Are Now a Terrifying Reality

    U.S. critical infrastructure has been under attack for the past two decades, with little in the way of meaningful response. What can policymakers and the public do to better address these threats?

    Feb 12, 2024

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    Middle East–China Trade Prospects Remain Robust Despite Red Sea Crisis

    Disruptions to shipping through the Red Sea and Suez Canal are likely to have only modest effects on Chinese goods trade with most of the Middle East but could lead to significant costs for China's global trade.

    Feb 9, 2024

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    The Good and the Bad for Biden in Southeast Asia

    Since entering office in 2021, one of the Biden administration's foreign-policy priorities has been a more effective Indo-Pacific strategy to compete with China, especially in Southeast Asia. Three years on, the administration's policy has bright spots, but still lacks a clear strategy for the region.

    Feb 8, 2024

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    Responding to North Korean 2024 War Threats

    Unless Kim Jong-un concludes that South Korea and the United States are finally serious about reining in his provocations, threats, and nuclear weapon development, Kim might eventually establish a form of dominance on the Korean Peninsula or push the Korean Peninsula into a nuclear war that no one wants.

    Jan 18, 2024

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    New Zealand's New PM Isn't Going Back to Old Ways on China

    Much is still unknown about the details of the new New Zealand government's foreign and security policy approach, and much remains subject to change. The early indications, however, point to a New Zealand planning to deepen alignment with like-minded partners, not just to address China, but probably in regard to other challenges as well.

    Jan 17, 2024

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    The U.S. Must Close the Long-Distance Power Transmission Gap with China

    The gap in long-distance transmission technologies between the United States and China raises significant national security implications.

    Jan 16, 2024

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    China Evaluates Russia's Use of Hypersonic 'Daggers' in the Ukraine War

    A Chinese review of Russia's use of Kinzhal hypersonic missiles in Ukraine is pessimistic about their ability to have a major impact on the outcome of the war. It is not yet clear how this insight will affect China's assessments of its own hypersonic arsenal.

    Jan 12, 2024