Julie E. Taylor

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Ph.D. in political science, University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. in international relations, San Francisco State University

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Julie E. Taylor is a political scientist at the RAND Corporation. Her research focuses on the Middle East, insurgencies, and nation-building. Prior to RAND, Taylor was a professor in the Near Eastern Studies Department at Princeton University. She served as a trustee for the American Institute for Iranian Studies from 2005 to 2008 and was a Strategic Studies Fellow at Harvard's Olin Institute. Taylor spent several years living in Egypt, Jordan, and Iran, and has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East. She has published on U.S. compellent strategy prior to the Gulf War and on strategic interaction among Muslim clerics, Islamist groups, and regimes in Iran and Egypt. She is currently working on projects concerning the future of U.S.–Egyptian relations, insurgent motives, post-conflict nation-building, and prospects for U.S.–Libyan strategic cooperation. Taylor received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Research Focus

Recent Projects

  • Commanding democracy in Egypt: the military's attempt to manage the future
  • Political development
  • Islam and Islamic groups
  • Global demographic change and its implications for military power


  • A photo of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in Aleppo, Syria.

    RAND Experts Q&A on Syria

    There are increasing reports suggesting that President Obama will soon take military action against the Syrian government, perhaps targeting its chemical weapons facilities. Several RAND experts spoke with us about the latest developments.

    Aug 30, 2013

  • Supporters of the Coalition for a Democratic Syria gathered outside the United Nations building in New York on August 21, 2013 to protest against the alleged chemical weapons attack in Damascus

    A Measured Red-Line Response

    It was a year ago that President Obama declared the use of chemical weapons by the Assad government to be a red line that would bring a swift and sure U.S. response. Not acting threatens the credibility not just of Obama's red-line threat, but of all U.S. threats going forward, writes Julie Taylor.

    Aug 23, 2013 | The RAND Blog

  • Crowd of Syrians standing amid destruction

    Leave Hezbollah Alone!

    If Hezbollah's participation in the Syrian civil war begins to clearly tip the balance in favor of the Assad regime, the U.S. could face pressure to adjust its position and support efforts to minimize Hezbollah's position in Lebanon.

    Jul 24, 2013 | Foreign Policy

  • rally to end violence in Syria

    By Fearing Rise of al Qaeda in Syria, U.S. Ignores Greater Threat: Inaction

    Even if the rebels ultimately prevail, if the U.S. continues to sit on the sidelines as the human toll rises, it could face a decidedly anti-American government in Damascus whether jihadists come to power or not, writes Julie Taylor.

    Sep 19, 2012 | Christian Science Monitor

  • Changing of the Guard in Egypt

    Morsi's moves were certainly dramatic, and he may not be done. He has

    Aug 14, 2012 | RAND.org and GlobalSecurity.org

  • In Obama Speech, Will There Be Aid for Arab Spring Nations?

    Assisting Arab democratic transitions will not eliminate religious extremism. But successful transitions would directly challenge the jihadist brands that promote attacks on America, writes Julie Taylor.

    May 19, 2011 | CNN

  • Expect Regime Change in Libya, Yemen

    The countries in a possible "second wave" of Arab revolutions have dim prospects for consolidated democracies. Other than tribes, Libya essentially has no civil society, and it has a long-isolated educated class. Yemen has civil society organizations but fewer well-educated individuals, writes Julie Taylor.

    Apr 25, 2011 | CNN

  • The Domino Effect of Arab Unrest

    There is no clear political party or leader ready to step in if the regime in Egypt falls. However, this protest is not without leadership; it is spearheaded by a large network of Egyptian human rights groups and other citizens, writes Julie Taylor.

    Feb 1, 2011 | CNN