Middle East Youth

What particular challenges do youth in the Middle East face? How can youth successfully transition from education to productive employment? Why might young people choose or resist violent extremism? How is the refugee crisis impacting children and their education? These are just some of the questions that RAND experts delve into through their research and analysis on Middle East youth.

Our Work

  • Girls exit ABAAD's Jina al-Dar bus in Lebanon

    Commentary

    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.

  • Syrian refugee children walk to the school during rainy weather at the Al Zaatari refugee camp in Mafraq, Jordan, December 18, 2016

    Journal Article

    Educating Syrian Refugees: Challenges Facing Host Countries

    Sep 15, 2017

    Karam, et al.

    The massive influx of Syrian refugees into Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey has created an education crisis. These host countries face many obstacles, but could benefits from longer-term education planning. Meanwhile, wealthy regional governments can share more responsibility.

  • Children pose after registering at a school and receiving new backpacks in Mosul, Iraq, January 23, 2017

    Commentary

    The Urgent Need for an Education Plan in Mosul

    In addition to restoring Mosul's damaged infrastructure, efforts to stabilize the city must include a plan to rebuild education. Students need to make up years of missed K-12 and university education, and ISIS indoctrination needs to be undone.

  • Syrian refugee children

    Project

    Next Steps for UNICEF's Emergency Education Response Programme in Jordan

    Sep 29, 2016

    An evaluation recommends that UN agencies, donors, partners, and the Jordanian government develop and implement a strategy to manage the influx and education of child refugees. Jordanian and refugee children both will benefit from expanding the Jordanian education system's safety, quality and performance.

  • Syrian refugees and Lebanese girls make decorative baskets

    Commentary

    The Precarious State of Syrian Refugee Women, Children in Lebanon

    Sep 13, 2016

    Woldetsadik

    The gendered impact of political conflict on women and children has been well documented in other conflicts. But much less is known about the effect of the Syrian civil war on displaced women and children.

  • Boys study with a shared book at their school in a village outside Sanaa, Yemen, February 2, 2016

    Commentary

    Countering Extremism: Early Childhood Education Forgotten

    Jun 8, 2016

    Karam, et al.

    Global attention has turned to education as a way to counter extremism. But what has been missing from the conversation is a focus on learning in children's first years, when much brain development occurs. In the Middle East and North Africa, government underinvestment in formal programs for young children is the norm.

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