RAND has conducted research on Qatari issues since 2003. From 2003 to 2013, much of this work was performed in partnership with the Qatar Foundation in the RAND-Qatar Policy Institute. Most RAND analyses have focused on Qatar's education system, but the research agenda also includes health, infrastructure, labor markets, and science and technology.

  • News Release

    Cooperation Among the Arab Gulf States Is Key to U.S. Interests and Regional Stability, Despite Friction

    The increased influence of Arab Gulf states in regional affairs such as the fighting in Syria and the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen has raised the stakes for relations between the six nations and poses significant consequences for stability.

    Jul 28, 2016

  • Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and interior ministers from Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain before their meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 27, 2016


    The Outlook for Arab Gulf Cooperation

    Understanding what binds and divides the six Gulf Cooperation Council states can help policymakers prepare for future trends in a region with high stakes for U.S. strategic interests.

    Jul 26, 2016

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    It's Too Soon to Write Off the Arab Spring as a Failure

    Pessimistically declaring the Arab Spring a failure in 2016 would be as naive as optimistically declaring it a success in 2011. Something comes next—but what?

    Jun 15, 2016

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    The Middle East After the Arab Spring

    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.

    Apr 19, 2016

  • Commercial Book

    The Fires of Spring: A Post-Arab Spring Journey Through the Turbulent New Middle East

    This book is a narrative of the author‘s journey through six countries of the Middle East, describing countries, historical perspective, and interviews with revolution and government figures.

    Apr 18, 2016

  • A Belgian Air Force F-16 over Ghardabiya Air Base, Libya, April 29, 2011


    Airpower in the Libyan Civil War

    In 2011, a coalition of nations waged a war against Muammar Qaddafi's regime that reversed the tide of Libya's civil war. The intervention's central element was a relatively small air campaign. What lessons did each nation glean from the experience?

    Jul 8, 2015

  • News Release

    Qatar Foundation and RAND Corporation to Conclude RQPI Agreement

    Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development and RAND Corporation will complete a decade-long agreement that resulted in the establishment of the RAND Qatar Policy Institute (RQPI) in Doha.

    Dec 23, 2013

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    America's Great Yellow School Buses

    One of the things taken for granted in the United States is the vast network of school buses—about 26 million children ride 480,000 buses every day. But in other parts of the world, getting millions of children to and from the right school, on time, safely, and for a reasonable cost is a significant challenge.

    Sep 9, 2013

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    The Middle East's Science Revolution?

    Even as conflict rages, a wave of research and innovation in Arabian Gulf countries is bringing with it significant investment in science and research infrastructure — and even U.S.-style universities, writes Shelly Culbertson.

    Jun 27, 2013

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    Putting the Spring in the Arab Spring

    Qatar has a salsa scene. Dubai hosted the big international Fujairah Latin Festival. The Oman Salsa Festival took place in March. Jordan and Cairo both have a salsa scene. What makes this so conversation-worthy is that it is indicative of a growing cultural openness in parts of the Middle East.

    Jun 17, 2013

  • Periodical

    RAND Extends Global Reach of Innovation

    Stimulating innovation is important to the economic growth of all countries, regardless of their stages of development. President and CEO Michael Rich discusses how RAND is helping foster technological innovation in China, Europe, and the Middle East.

    Feb 5, 2013

  • Artist's rendering of Knowledge City, Guangzhou, China


    RAND Extends Global Reach of Innovation

    Stimulating innovation is important to the economic growth of all countries, regardless of their stages of development. President and CEO Michael Rich discusses how RAND is helping foster technological innovation in China, Europe, and the Middle East.

    Feb 4, 2013

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    Journal Article

    Reforming the Qatari School System

    Qatar's education system now includes independent schools, internationally-accredited and well-respected private schools, and a tuition vouchers program that may spur further expansion of the private school system.

    Jan 1, 2013

  • Report

    Sustaining the Qatar National Research Fund

    An examination of what must be done to ensure sustainability of the Qatar National Research Fund, its achievements in its first five years, and recommendations for actions to respond to the new responsibilities mandated in Decree-Law (24) of 2008.

    Aug 22, 2012

  • Report

    Launching the Qatar National Research Fund

    The design and implementation of the Qatar National Research Fund — the first research — funding organization of its kind in the Middle East—and descriptions of its first two programs, along with some early results and lessons learned.

    Aug 21, 2012

  • Dissertation

    International Labor Flows: Migration Views from the Migrant, the Receiving-Country Economy, and the Sending-Country Family

    This dissertation covers three topics -- three points of view -- of issues in international migration.

    Aug 14, 2012

  • Report

    Qatar's School Transportation System: Supporting Safety, Efficiency, and Service Quality (Arabic-language version)

    Assesses stakeholder perspectives on Qatar's school transportation system (STS), identifies a vision and goals for the STS, and discusses strategies to achieve the vision and better align Qatar's STS with international norms. This is the Arabic-language version.

    Mar 28, 2012

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    A Vision for Qatar's School Transportation System

    Considering the challenges associated with continued growth and demographic changes, the government of Qatar is interested in updating its school transportation system (STS). This volume assesses the perspectives of parents and school administrators, identifies a vision for the STS, and discusses strategies to achieve it.

    Feb 13, 2012

  • Research Brief

    Updating Qatar's School Transportation System

    Describes a vision for updating Qatar's school transportation system and identifies strategies for achieving the proposed vision.

    Feb 13, 2012

  • Journal Article

    Qatar's Knowledge Economy: Has Its Development Been Balanced?

    The authors adopt a cross-country perspective to assess Qatar's performance in the various components of the knowledge economy using multiple indicators.

    Feb 1, 2012