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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  • Opening Iran After the Nuclear Deal

    Aug 3, 2015

    The nuclear accord paves the way for Iranian-Americans to help Iranians know the United States not for past perceived misdeeds, but future possibilities.

  • Does Terrorism Work?

    Jul 30, 2015

    Bruce Hoffman will discuss his latest book, Anonymous Soldiers, which draws on newly declassified documents to describe how both Arab and Jewish terrorism between 1917 and 1947 influenced Britain's day-to-day policies and its decision to surrender the mandate for Palestine to the UN.

  • It's Time to Reboot Our Relationship with Russia and Iran's Neighbors

    Jul 28, 2015

    In implementing the prospective Iran nuclear agreement, the West cannot forget its engagement in the vulnerable South Caucasus. The Iran deal changes the equation for all three countries and perhaps opens new opportunities.

  • Post Deal, Can Rouhani Deliver on Promises of Reform?

    Jul 24, 2015

    Rouhani was elected president because he offered hope; he claimed that the nuclear agreement would be the key to unlock or solve Iran's problems. But it will take more than that to make Iran a better place to live. Can he achieve his people's dreams? Is he even willing?

  • Strategic Rethink: Choices for America in a Turbulent World

    Jul 24, 2015

    How does America envision its role in a turbulent geopolitical environment with growing challenges? Ambassador James Dobbins, Howard Shatz, and David Ochmanek examine the most consequential choices that are likely to face this president and the next.

  • The RAND Strategic Rethink Project

    Jul 23, 2015

    The RAND Strategic Rethink project explores important strategic questions facing the United States, producing a guide for policymakers, citizens, educators, and the media on the most critical global choices and challenges facing the country.

  • Reports of Our Global Disorder Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

    Jul 22, 2015

    Deterring Russia, channeling growing Chinese power, and working with others to dismantle the Islamic State are daunting challenges — but not greater than rebuilding post-World War II Europe, containing the Soviet Union, ending the Cold War, and promoting democratic governance throughout much of the modern world.

  • Iran Deal or No Deal

    Jul 22, 2015

    A U.S. rejection of the Iran nuclear agreement would send the wrong message, not only to Iran but also to America's closest allies, and it would not serve American interests in the region.

  • Peace in the Middle East: America's New Post-Iran Deal Challenge

    Jul 20, 2015

    It is no surprise that the final Iran nuclear deal was met with opposition in Israel and Saudi Arabia. For all the talk about whether or not this is a good deal, negotiating with Iran was the original sin from their perspective.

  • Help Syria Avoid a 'Lost Generation'

    Jul 17, 2015

    Young Syrian refugees are brimming with potential, but lack the educational and livelihood pathways through which to channel their energy and aspirations. As the international community looks for ways to end the violence in the region, it must not overlook the plight or the potential of these children.

  • Iran Deal Not a Panacea, but a Pragmatic Necessity

    Jul 15, 2015

    The nuclear agreement is not perfect and certainly does not attain the ideals of either side. But it prevents Iran from developing a nuclear weapons capability in the near future while giving some space for Iranian proponents of change.

  • Global Terror Network Will Get a Boost from Iran Nuclear Deal

    Jul 15, 2015

    Iranian sponsorship of terrorist organizations cannot be divorced from the negotiations because the sanctions that will be lifted provide new sources of funding to reinforce the Iran threat network. A global strategy to address the Iran threat network is essential to stability in the region.

  • Training Foreign Military Forces: Quality vs Quantity

    Jul 15, 2015

    The American model for large-scale development of partner nation armies is failing. The push for numbers and the attendant dilution of training is at odds with building a cohesive army with the will to stand and fight, predicated upon an unproven assumption that a “large footprint” is itself a decisive strategy.

  • The Days After a Deal With Iran

    Jul 14, 2015

    Now that a nuclear agreement has been struck, what will be the implications for U.S. regional strategy, Iran's own foreign policy orientation, the response from regional partners, the global non-proliferation regime, and the role of Congress in implementation of the agreement?

  • The Iran Nuclear Deal: RAND Experts Answer Questions About the Days Ahead

    Jul 14, 2015

    Diplomats have reached a nuclear agreement with Iran. Now, the United States faces important policy decisions that will help shape the days ahead and the relationship that emerges between Iran and the other parties involved.