CMEPP Research Areas

  • Education, Health, & Economic Development

    RAND's work on domestic issues in the Middle East helps decisionmakers better understand how to tackle their biggest challenges and make their societies safer, smarter, and more prosperous.

  • Syria, Iraq, & ISIS

    RAND experts analyze the forces behind the turmoil in Syria and Iraq, provide recommendations for political reconciliation and economic development, and work to better understand the presence of ISIS in the region.

  • Iran

    Iran's political, military, and international activities continue to challenge and perplex its neighbors and the West. RAND research helps inform policymakers on a range of topics important to the country and broader U.S.-Iran policy.

  • Refugees & Migration

    The conflict in Syria has created the largest refugee crisis since World War II. RAND experts explore the causes and historical context of the crisis, living conditions for refugees, and the effect on the region and beyond.

  • Israel & the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    Israel faces a wide range of social, economic, and security challenges, some of which stem from the decades-long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

  • Regional Politics & Security

    Policy challenges in the Middle East include political transitions, terrorism, civil conflicts, and a wide range of other political and security dynamics among countries and governments.

  • Middle East Youth

    RAND research examines the challenges facing youth in the Middle East, including education and employment, resisting violent extremism, and the refugee crisis.

  • Arts & Culture

    RAND experts explore the ongoing challenges and barriers to fostering arts and culture in the Middle East.