Center for Middle East Public Policy

Center for Middle East Public Policy

The RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy (CMEPP) brings together analytic excellence and regional expertise from across the RAND Corporation to address the most critical political, social, and economic challenges facing the Middle East today. Our goal is to inform policy in ways that help improve the security and well-being of people living in the region.

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  • Turkey's Double Standard: How Ankara's Actions Contradict Its Claims of Opposing the Islamic State

    Apr 13, 2018

    Yayla, et al.

    Turkey wants to take credit for the demise of the Islamic State, insisting that Turkey's actions in northern Syria have helped lay the groundwork for a sustainable peace. But the evidence clearly suggests otherwise.

  • The Iran Deal Will Survive, at Least for Now

    Apr 4, 2018

    Baffa

    A U.S. unilateral withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal does not necessarily mean the deal will collapse. But a broader collapse of the agreement along with the imposition of harsh sanctions in the coming months could sharply escalate tensions with Iran.

  • Tackling Gender-Based Violence Among Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

    Mar 22, 2018

    Woldetsadik

    Increased poverty and major shifts in traditional gender roles for Syrian refugees have worsened interpersonal tensions, increased the risk of domestic violence, and caused challenges for aid workers.

  • Gaza on the Brink

    Mar 9, 2018

    Efron

    The combined risk of violence and pandemic in Gaza makes this small coastal enclave a ticking time bomb. While neither Israel nor the U.S. has the solutions to all of Gaza's water and health woes, the United States' decision to withhold funding to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency could only make things worse.

  • Where Will ISIS Seek to Establish Its Next Safe Haven?

    Feb 19, 2018

    Clarke

    Many of ISIS's surviving fighters will seek out new battlefields to continue waging jihad. By coordinating with its allies around the globe, the U.S. could work to help alleviate the conditions that lead states to fail, making them less appealing as sanctuaries where terrorists can rest, rearm, and recuperate.

  • Gaza's Water and Sanitation Crisis

    Feb 14, 2018

    Efron , et al.

    The Gaza Strip's water issue is twofold: a shortage of potable water combined with a lack of wastewater sanitation. Even under current political constraints, there are ways to help reduce the likelihood of a significant public health disaster.

  • If We Don't Get the Peace Right, Iraq Will Slide Back into the Morass

    Feb 12, 2018

    Robinson , et al.

    Actions taken now by the United States, the Iraqi government, and private parties could determine the war-torn country's future. The message the Sunnis receive in these next six months will determine whether Iraq is on the path to stability.

  • Counteracting Iran's Gray Zone Strategy in Syria

    Jan 25, 2018

    Clarke

    Iran is extending its influence throughout Syria as the Islamic State's influence declines. To counter Iranian efforts and the inevitable similar actions of other countries, the United States should dedicate significant resources to crafting a strategy to prevent Tehran from taking advantage of the conflict and humanitarian crisis.

  • Unrest in Iran: An Opportunity for Democratic Change

    Jan 14, 2018

    Baffa

    As the unrest that began in Iran on Dec. 28 begins to wane following a crackdown, it is difficult to assess what may come next. But this is not the first time Iranians have come out on the streets to protest and challenge authoritarian rule, nor will it be the last; the Iranian people have a long history of seeking a democratic political order.

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