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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  • The Paris Terror Attacks and Confronting ISIS

    Nov 18, 2015

    In this Call with the Experts, RAND terrorism expert Brian Michael Jenkins offers exclusive 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.

  • Partition Syria to Crush the Islamic State

    Nov 1, 2015

    The Islamic State will never join in any settlement. Peace in Syria therefore requires that everyone else stop fighting each other and join in suppressing the Islamic State.

  • The West Needs to Take a Tougher Line with Putin

    Nov 1, 2015

    By responding more robustly to Russia's interventions, the West could reduce military asymmetries in Ukraine and Syria and improve prospects for negotiated outcomes.

  • Partisans Without Parties

    Oct 29, 2015

    It is tempting to describe Egypt's parliamentary elections as history repeating itself. Yet today's Egypt is not Mubarak's Egypt. Rather, it is a state transitioning from single-party rule to a new system whose pecking order is still being hashed out.

  • Five Options for the U.S. in Syria

    Oct 21, 2015

    How should the United States respond to Russia's intervention in Syria's civil war? Here are five options intended to encourage rational thinking based upon realistic presumptions, not media or campaign-driven hype.

  • If We Keep Cutting Defense Spending, We Must Do Less

    Oct 19, 2015

    The United States is underinvesting in defense and other instruments of national influence just when they are most needed. Improving defenses needn't require Cold War levels of expenditure but Americans should look realistically at the demands being placed on their forces and generate the revenues to meet those demands.

  • A No-Fly Zone Over Syria: Q&A with Karl Mueller

    Oct 15, 2015

    Some are advocating a no-fly zone in Syria to protect civilians from both ISIS and forces loyal to Assad. What constraints complicate establishing a no-fly zone and realizing its expected benefits? And how might Assad supporters, such as Russia, respond?

  • Will Today's Refugees Become the 'New Palestinians'?

    Oct 9, 2015

    The conflicts in Syria and Iraq have generated the greatest volume of refugees since World War II. If the international community is to avoid seeing the emergence of a population of new Palestinians lasting decades into the future, it will have to craft a more coherent approach.

  • What Is Putin Really Up to in Syria?

    Oct 2, 2015

    Russia wants to be sure that it's not ignored if and when the West succeeds in implementing a broader, more effective solution to the Syria-Iraq-ISIL problem. This is a task far beyond Russia's capabilities, but one that America, the West, and regional powers may be able to accomplish.