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 Blog.

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  • Tunisia Is an Arab Spring Success Story

    Apr 21, 2016

    Tunisia has not unraveled into civil war like Syria or Libya. It has not undergone a counter-revolution that returned it to the autocracy of its pre-revolution days, like Egypt has. Tunisia is fragile, but its success is vital to the long-term stability and societal health of the Middle East.

  • Solutions for Educating Young Syrian Refugees

    Apr 21, 2016

    Traditional refugee responses rely mainly on U.N. agencies and NGOs to implement programs. But other untapped resources — such as social media and technology companies, other private sector actors, and the refugees themselves — also have the capacity to deliver needed solutions to social problems such as education.

  • RAND Corporation Appoints Special Advisor on Israel with the Center for Middle East Public Policy

    Apr 21, 2016

    Shira Efron has been named a special advisor on Israel at the RAND Corporation Center for Middle East Public Policy, to continue to develop relationships with Israeli institutions and attract support for further Israel-related public policy research.

  • The Middle East After the Arab Spring

    Apr 19, 2016

    A new book by RAND's Shelly Culbertson mixes travel memoir, reporting, and analysis across six Middle Eastern countries, presenting diverse experiences of the Arab Spring.

  • NATO's Southern Exposure: The Real Threats to Europe—and the Alliance

    Apr 18, 2016

    If NATO fails to define a strategy for its southern challenges (terrorism and the ongoing influx of migrants), it could slip into strategic irrelevance.

  • Get Ready: Syria Will Need Peacekeepers

    Apr 11, 2016

    For regional security and to deprive ISIS of what is still its most compelling and important sanctuary in the world today, the U.S. needs a new strategy for Syria that includes willingness to contribute to a substantial postwar military operation to stabilize the country.

  • A New Kind of Battlefield Awaits the U.S. Military — Megacities

    Apr 6, 2016

    Megacities are urban areas that seep into one another and have more than 10 million inhabitants. To counter violent non-state actors operating in megacities in the future, the U.S. military will have to be able to piece together a comprehensive and actionable intelligence picture, and under enormously challenging circumstances.

  • Supporting the OECD Review on Evaluation and Assessment in Morocco

    Apr 3, 2016

    As part of a larger OECD effort, RAND Europe researchers will analyse the strengths and challenges of Morocco's current approach for teacher appraisal and provide actionable policy recommendations and advice for implementing improvements.

  • Tunisia's Role in Fight Against Terrorism Discussed at RAND Conference

    Mar 30, 2016

    The fight against terrorism in Tunisia is a shared priority and responsibility with the U.S. and Europe but will also depend greatly on solving the security issues in neighboring Libya, according to participants at a March 23 conference at RAND.

  • Russia's Great Power Future

    Mar 21, 2016

    A penchant for zero-sum statecraft and coercing neighbors lessens Russia's stature. By cooperating more in the international arena, Russia could become a greater power.

  • How Real Is the ISIS Threat?

    Mar 18, 2016

    In less than two years, ISIS's black flag has flown in a dozen countries outside of Syria and Iraq. And terrorist attacks have been carried out in its name in the West, including in America. But how serious is the threat that ISIS's brand of jihad will spread on a global scale?

  • The West Should Accommodate Russia to Secure Peace with Assad in Syria

    Mar 18, 2016

    Effective and enduring political settlements result from quid pro quos, not irrational pursuit of one-sided advantage. Recognizing that contending parties have legitimate interests in the complex Syria conflict could help bring an end to a destructive war in a volatile but vital region.

  • Democracy in the Arab World: Still a Mirage

    Mar 17, 2016

    From the indignant graffiti scrawled on walls across Tunis to the war-torn neighborhoods of Damascus and Tripoli, the region and the world's hopes of establishing peace and democracy have largely faded.

  • The Islamic State's Money Problems

    Mar 5, 2016

    ISIS now faces considerable money problems. But despite the success of the coalition's counter-terrorist finance measures, it's too early to dismiss ISIS financially.

  • How to Bog Down Putin in Syria

    Feb 25, 2016

    The lessons from the nearly 200 insurgencies that have taken place since World War II suggest that Russian aid probably will fail to turn the tide in Syria. The Assad regime still faces serious challenges, not the least of which is a lack of legitimacy among the Syrian people.