CMEPP News Archive

RAND researchers often write commentaries for publications on a variety of topics. This page lists commentaries and op-eds about the Middle East. For a complete list of commentaries and op-eds by RAND staff, visit the RAND Newsroom.

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  • A Realistic Peace Plan for Syria Needs to Begin with an Immediate Cease-Fire

    Dec 18, 2015

    To reach peace in Syria, the International Syria Support Group should concentrate on securing an immediate cease-fire and arranging for its enforcement, followed by further negotiations on the shape of a reconstituted Syrian state.

  • Climate Change Is a National Security Issue, but Not for the Reasons You Think

    Dec 16, 2015

    All U.S. policy decisions can and should be guided by clear evidence. Climate change policy is no exception. The United States should focus on addressing the clearest vulnerabilities, such as securing coastal defense infrastructure.

  • A Peace Plan for Syria

    Dec 16, 2015

    Experts discuss, “A Peace Plan for Syria," a new RAND paper suggesting that the best chance for peace in Syria is for external parties to persuade stakeholders to accept a ceasefire, with further negotiations on a political settlement to follow later.

  • ISIS vs Special Ops

    Dec 8, 2015

    However critical to the fight against ISIS, using special operations forces for raids represents only half of the needed military adjustment. The other half is the effort to build indigenous forces capable of taking and holding territory in Iraq and Syria.

  • To Defeat ISIS, Focus on Its Real Sources of Strength

    Dec 4, 2015

    The threat ISIS poses today is graver than ever for two reasons: its war chest and its ability to attract foreign recruits are both at their peak. Redoubling international efforts to cut off ISIS from these two pillars of its war machine is necessary to sap the group's strength.

  • To Undermine ISIS, We Should Welcome Syrian Refugees

    Dec 3, 2015

    Demonstrating American goodwill to Syrian refugees is the best way to help defeat ISIS and rehabilitate America's image in the chaotic Middle East.

  • Will Syria's Civil War Turn Out Like Spain's Did?

    Dec 2, 2015

    The similarities between the Syrian and Spanish civil wars, including foreign involvement and the level of brutality against civilians and captives, suggest that the Syrian war, like the Spanish one before it, could potentially foreshadow future conflicts.

  • The Paris Terror Attacks and Confronting ISIS

    Nov 18, 2015

    In this Call with the Experts, RAND terrorism expert Brian Michael Jenkins offers insights on ISIS's latest strategy and capabilities, how the West can fight it, and what the tragedy in Paris could mean for the Syrian refugee crisis.

  • ISIS Will Become More Deadly Before It Dies

    Nov 18, 2015

    The lesson with ISIS is straightforward. Western populations should be prepared for an upsurge in violence if ISIS continues to lose territory. There has already been a growth in attacks and plots across the West with operational or inspirational ties to ISIS.

  • Insights on the Paris Terror Attacks from RAND Experts

    Nov 17, 2015

    RAND experts weigh in on what the wave of coordinated terror attacks across Paris means for France, the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS, the global refugee crisis, and more.

  • Bosnia Was Hard, Syria Is Harder

    Nov 16, 2015

    To find peace in Syria, cooperation among outside powers will be an essential first step. But before going forward, the great powers should soberly assess prospects for an enduring peace accord, as well as the resources required.

  • Why the Paris Terrorists Couldn't Be Stopped

    Nov 16, 2015

    Terrorists almost always have the advantage. Theoretically, they can attack anything, anywhere, anytime. And governments cannot protect everything, everywhere, all the time.

  • Passing Judgment on Russian Plane Crash Before the Facts Are In

    Nov 12, 2015

    A bright flash and catastrophic event suggest an explosion, but do not necessarily exclude the possibility of a mechanical failure. This would not, in fact, be the first time evidence pointed to a terrorist attack when none existed.

  • Could the Russian Jet Crash in Egypt Prompt a Change of Direction for Putin and Russia?

    Nov 9, 2015

    If ISIS was responsible for the downing of Metrojet Flight 9268, a Russian passenger jet, this may alter the strategic equation for Moscow.

  • Forum Aims to Help Develop Comprehensive Response to Mediterranean Issues

    Nov 2, 2015

    The overarching objective of the Mediterranean Foresight Forum (MFF) is to act as a policy shaping mechanism, connecting current political, social, economic and technological developments in the region with short-term policy agendas.