Jan 12, 2017
Russia and Iran have forged an unprecedented, but fragile alliance in the Middle East. But there's no guarantee that Putin won't sell Iran out if he manages to forge better U.S. relations under Trump.
The RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy (CMEPP) brings together analytic excellence and regional expertise from across the RAND Corporation to address the most critical political, social, and economic challenges facing the Middle East today. Our goal is to inform policy in ways that help improve the security and well-being of people living in the region.
The conflict in Syria has created the largest refugee crisis since World War II, with millions fleeing to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Europe, and beyond. RAND studies explore a wide range of issues, including the root causes and historical context, living conditions for refugees, the effect on Middle East and EU countries, and options for a Western response.Learn More About RAND's Work on Refugees»
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This study examines China's interests in the Middle East and assesses China's economic, political, and security activities there to determine whether China has a strategy toward the region and what such a strategy means for the United States. The study focuses on China's relations with two of its key partners in the Middle East: Saudi Arabia and Iran.
The Emergency Education Response Programme aims to provide public and supportive education to Syrian refugee children in Jordan. RAND's evaluation identified significant successes as well as longer-term challenges, related to access, quality and coordination of services. Key recommendations concerned developing medium-term thinking, expanding public education, improving double-shifted schools and targeting gendered challenges, among others.
This report examines the ongoing debate about the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Arabic Twitter to better understand the Twitter networks of ISIS supporters and opponents, using a mixed-methods analytic approach to identify and characterize in detail both support and opposition networks. The authors draw on community detection algorithms, lexical analysis to identify key themes and content, and social network analysis.
This report examines what binds and divides the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states — Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates — and presents the outlook for the GCC's evolution over the next ten years. The study aims to help policymakers better understand intra-GCC dynamics and prepare for future trends in a region with high stakes for U.S. strategic interests.