RAND Experts Available to Discuss 1st Anniversary of Arab Spring

Jan. 25 will mark one year after Egyptians began the massive demonstrations that forced Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down and added momentum to pro-democracy protests across the Middle East. Experts from the RAND Corporation are available to discuss developments in the region in the year since, and looking ahead.

RAND analysts have talked with Egypt's generals and the Muslim Brotherhood, were on the ground early in the Libya crisis, and have remained on the forefront of commentary and policy analysis about the Arab Spring, drawing on RAND research on political reform in the Arab world and past transitions from authoritarianism.

Among the topics RAND experts can discuss:

  • What steps might U.S. policy makers now take to encourage democracy in Egypt, Syria, Libya, and Tunisia?
  • What would it take for these countries to become stable democracies? Have the instigators of these movements been successful?
  • What do Islamist gains in these countries mean for politics in the region and for relations with the U.S.? For women and minorities?
  • What challenges and opportunities are presented by the Arab Spring for Muslim extremists and al-Qaeda affiliates?
  • What role did social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter play in these conflicts?
  • What role does Iran expect to play as politics in these countries continues to evolve?

Amb. David Aaron is a RAND senior fellow and the former U.S. Ambassador to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris. He formerly served on the RAND-Qatar Policy Institute Board of Overseers and as director of the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy.

Amb. James Dobbins is the director of the RAND International Security and Defense Policy Center, and a former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union. He has led a series of RAND studies on nation building in post-conflict countries.

Dalia Dassa Kaye is a RAND senior political scientist and a faculty member at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Jeffrey Martini is a RAND Middle East research project associate, where he works on political reform in the Arab world with a specific focus on North Africa.

Laurel Miller is a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, focusing on national security and foreign policy issues. She is leading a study of democratization in the Arab world.

John Parachini is a RAND senior international policy analyst and director of the Intelligence Policy Center.

Alireza Nader is a RAND senior international policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. His research has focused on Iran's political dynamics, elite decision-making, and Iranian foreign policy.

Amb. Charles Ries is the director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy at RAND, a former U.S. Coordinator for Economic Transition in Iraq, and a former U.S. Ambassador to Greece.

Julie Taylor is a RAND political scientist. Her research focuses on Middle East political and economic development, civil-military relations, and Islamist groups, with a particular focus on Egypt.

Fred Wehrey is a RAND senior policy analyst. His research focuses on Persian Gulf security, Iran, Libya, civil–military relations, and U.S. policy in the Middle East.


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