CMEPP Research Areas

  • Sulaimania city center, Iraq, December 31, 2012

    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.

  • Children hold up letters spelling the word 'peace' during a day of activities and prayers at the Zaitoune historic church in old Damascus, Syria, June 1, 2016

    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.

  • A gas flare on an oil production platform in the Soroush oil fields is seen alongside an Iranian flag in the Gulf July 25, 2005


    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.

  • A girl queues for free food at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, Greece, May 11, 2016

    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.

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a cabinet meeting in Golan Heights, near the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria, April 17, 2016

    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.

  • Syrian army soldiers inspect the site of a two bomb blasts in the government-controlled city of Homs, Syria, on February 21, 2016

    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.

  • Palestinians watch Israeli heavy machinery demolishing vacant apartment blocs by order of Israel's high court, in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Beit El near Ramallah July 29, 2015

    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.

  • Politicized art in Egypt's Tahrir Square on February 9, 2011

    Arts & Culture

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