Education, Health, and Economic Development

RAND's work on domestic issues in the Middle East helps decisionmakers better understand how to tackle their biggest challenges and build capacity in ways that will make their societies safer, smarter, and more prosperous. Our experts attempt to answer important questions related to education, employment, health and healthcare, and more.

Our Work

  • Report

    Undermining Violent Extremism in Yemen

    In the past 50 years, Yemen has faced significant political instability, including multiple civil wars. Why might Yemenis reject political violence despite persistent conflict and unrest? And how can the United States and its partners undermine violent extremism?

  • Q&A

    What to Expect in the Middle East: Q&A with Dalia Dassa Kaye

    Dalia Dassa Kaye explains why there's more to the Middle East than what appears in daily headlines, how RAND is working to help people in the region, and more.

  • Report

    Youth in Jordan: Transitions from Education to Employment

    Brown, et al.

    Despite Jordan's strong economic growth during the last decade, youth unemployment remains stubbornly high, as graduates don't possess the skills necessary for their desired professions. Many young women in Jordan have career aspirations but face a number of obstacles. However, numerous policy reforms could turn the tide.

  • Report

    Family Is Greatest Factor That Causes Youth to Reject Violent Extremism

    Cragin, et al.

    Family influence is more important than peer groups in dampening a young person's propensity toward becoming a terrorist. Policies aimed at undermining radicalization should include teaching parents how to discuss detrimental messages on social media, as well as building programs to strengthen families' influence on youth and ties to communities.

  • Report

    The Future of Health Care in Iraq's Kurdistan Region

    Moore, et al.

    Focusing on primary care, experts conducted a year-long analysis of the health care system of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Recommendations for implementation and financing, as well as utilization of resources to improve the quality, access, effectiveness, and efficiency of primary care are included.

  • Report

    Building the Future in the Kurdistan Region (with Arabic-Language Version)

    Anthony, et al.

    RAND completed four studies to help the Kurdistan Regional Government expand access to high-quality education and health care, increase private-sector development, and design a data-collection system to support high-priority policies.

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