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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  • Saving Transatlantic Cooperation and the Iran Nuclear Deal

    Feb 16, 2018

    Brustlein, et al.

    Americans and Europeans need to set up new channels of communication to avoid a transatlantic rift, preserve the Iran deal, and secure its benefits for regional and global security.

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

    Feb 12, 2018

    Robinson , et al.

    This week leaders from around the world, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and representatives from over 100 U.S. companies, will assemble to plan solutions to Iraq's recovery challenges and investments in its economic future. Steps taken now could well determine Iraq's future.

  • Tillerson's All of the Above Policy for Syria

    Feb 1, 2018

    Dobbins

    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson proposed to suppress any ISIS resurgence in Syria, oust Bashar al Assad, reduce Iranian influence, continue to back a Kurdish-dominated enclave, and reassure Turkey. It's important to understand why such an “all of the above” approach would not be workable.

  • 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.

  • What Life Under ISIS Looked Like from Space

    Jan 9, 2018

    Satellite images show how ISIS attempted to govern in Iraq and Syria, the economic damage the group left behind, and what it will take to rebuild.

  • Why the Iranian Uprising Won't Die

    Jan 8, 2018

    Nader

    The Iran uprising of 2017 is the biggest challenge Iran's theocracy has ever faced. And now, Iranians are no longer contained by the wall of fear created by the Islamic Republic.

  • Jerusalem Embassy Move Sparks Turkey-Israel War of Words

    Jan 2, 2018

    Efron

    President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital has exacerbated tensions between Turkey and Israel. Economic interests had provided incentives for thawing relations in June 2016, but separating economic interests from political differences is harder today given the mistrust between Ankara and Jerusalem.

  • What to Make of Trump's Decision on Jerusalem

    Dec 28, 2017

    Kaye

    While the Israeli-Palestinian issue is not a high priority in the Arab world today with all the other turmoil engulfing the region, not even the Trump administration's closest allies support the president's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. And it risks inflaming regional tension and increasing anti-American sentiment.

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