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 Better Deal for Iran

    Aug 24, 2015

    It is critical for lawmakers to understand there will be serious consequences for rejecting the Iran deal. And those consequences look a lot worse for the United States and its partners than for Iran.

  • Afghanistan, Choose Your Enemies Wisely

    Aug 24, 2015

    The Taliban's new leadership may be the last decent opportunity for a political solution to the conflict. Without one, the Islamic State could make Afghanistan the next Iraq or Syria.

  • In Afghanistan, the Glass Is Still Better Seen as Half Full: A Response to Gary Owen

    Aug 24, 2015

    While things are certainly not “great” in Afghanistan, there are more reasons for hope than many had expected to see by this point in the transition from a large U.S. presence to a greatly reduced one.

  • U.S. Could Push One-State Solution to Bring About Israel-Palestine Peace

    Aug 18, 2015

    If the next U.S. administration were to conclude that perpetuating the status quo for another eight years was unacceptable or unachievable, they might begin speaking of the one-state solution not as its preferred outcome, but as one more acceptable than no solution at all.

  • Algeria: The Bastion of North Africa

    Aug 11, 2015

    Algeria could be a key regional partner for the United States and France in security and counterterrorism efforts against Al Qaeda and the Islamic State. It has a clear interest in quelling the threat posed by regional jihadists and it has local knowledge that could be helpful to U.S. counterterrorism efforts.

  • The 2015 Summer Reading List for Congress

    Aug 5, 2015

    With Capitol Hill slowing for August recess, this list of must-read research and commentaries—on topics including cybersecurity, transportation, and correctional education—will help ensure that policymakers are ready to dive right back in this fall.

  • 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 discusses 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

    In this July 2015 Congressional Briefing, Ambassador James Dobbins discusses the report he coauthored with Howard Shatz and David Ochmanek, Choices for America in a Turbulent World. This is the first paper in the "Strategic Rethink" project, in which RAND researchers examine the most consequential choices that are likely to face this president and the next.

  • 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.