Feb 10, 2017
It's not unreasonable to seek a review of immigration, and refugee-vetting procedures make sense. But America's jihadist terrorists are not imported from abroad. They are mostly homegrown.
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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 paper offers recommendations for U.S. policy for a postconflict transition in Syria that prevents state collapse and reduces the potential for the recurrence of war and the reemergence of terrorist groups. These objectives are best achieved by working with Russia and through the United Nations Security Council, especially in the absence of a regional consensus to end the war, and by avoiding any postconflict plans for the division of Syria.
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.