RAND Palestine Initiative
Creating a successful independent Palestinian state poses a wide range of political, economic, social, and environmental challenges. Since 2002, a multidisciplinary team of experts from the RAND Corporation has been working with Palestinians, Israelis, and the international community to develop an in-depth and comprehensive nation-building plan to address these challenges and facilitate the state's success.
Three Proposed Initiatives for Improving Mobility, Quality of Life, and Economic Growth in the West Bank: A Visual Summary
Describes three demonstration projects based on the Arc, RAND's proposal for a sweeping infrastructure corridor linking urban centers, within and between the West Bank and Gaza.
The RAND Palestine Initiative
A description of the Arc, RAND's proposal for a sweeping infrastructure corridor linking urban centers, within and between the West Bank and Gaza.
Building a Successful Palestinian State
An examination of how an independent Palestinian state, if created, can be made successful. The authors describe options for strengthening governance, security, economic development, access to water, health and health care, and education, and estimate the financial resources needed for successful development over the first decade of independence.
The Arc: A Formal Structure for a Palestinian State
This study examines a range of approaches to siting and constructing a modern, high-speed transportation infrastructure, called the Arc. This transportation backbone accommodates substantial population growth in Palestine by linking current urban centers to new neighborhoods via new linear transportation arteries that support both commercial and residential development.
Helping a Palestinian State Succeed: Key Findings
A summary of two RAND studies, Building a Successful Palestinian State and The Arc: A Formal Structure for a Palestinian State, which enumerates options for facilitating successful Palestinian development.
Strengthening the Palestinian Health System
This study examines strategies for strengthening the health system of a potential independent Palestinian state. Successful development of the Palestinian health system is worthwhile in its own right, and it may be a relatively cost-effective way to help demonstrate the tangible benefits of independence and peaceful relations with neighboring countries. Moreover, implementation of many of the strategies described can begin prior to independence.
Building a Successful Palestinian State: Security
This study examines key external security issues that must be met in order to have a successful independent Palestinian state following a peace agreement with Israel. It makes proposals for an international peace-enabling force, Palestinian security forces, cooperation between Palestine and Israel. The study also examines Palestinian policing, the nature of security arrangements along the Palestinian-Israeli border, counterterrorism efforts, intelligence functions, and broader Middle East security efforts.