North Africa

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Time to Arm Libyan Rebels: Here's How

    The long-term objective of a train-and-equip program for the Libyan revolutionary government would be to create a professional military force in a post-Qaddafi Libya that could support democratic institutions free of extremist elements, writes Angel Rabasa.

    Apr 13, 2011

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    The Allies in Libya: A New Paradigm for Intervention?

    What has been happening in North Africa this year, in what seems to be the leading edge of a great wind of change sweeping the Arab world, will require the Europeans (along with the U.S. and others) to be deeply and durably engaged there — economically, politically and in humanitarian terms, writes Robert E. Hunter.

    Apr 10, 2011

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Obama's Calculated Gamble on Libya Strategy

    Pushing the European allies, especially Britain and France, to take more responsibility in managing crises would reduce the costs and burdens on the United States while providing an incentive for the Europeans to take defense more seriously, writes F. Stephen Larrabee.

    Apr 4, 2011

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Arm the Libyan Rebels to Fight Gadhafi

    What the United States did in Bosnia might hold the key for an effective response to the crisis in Libya, writes Angel Rabasa.

    Mar 24, 2011

  • An Afghan National Interpreter and U.S. Army soldier talk with an Afghan boy during a patrol at a bazaar in the Zabul province of Afghanistan June 29, 2010

    Commentary

    What Intervention Looks Like

    The question, then, is whether stopping the fighting—which could also require forcibly removing Qaddafi—is worth the price of deep military engagement and responsibility for Libya's postwar future, writes Robert E. Hunter.

    Mar 16, 2011

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Thinking Twice about Libyan Engagement

    We have learned over the past couple of decades that it is deceptively easy for the world's only superpower to topple objectionable regimes—but a good deal harder to replace them with something better, writes James Dobbins.

    Mar 15, 2011

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Five Myths about the Muslim Brotherhood

    Much of what we know—or think we know—about the Muslim Brotherhood's ambitions, beliefs and history is clouded by misperceptions, writes Lorenzo Vidino.

    Mar 6, 2011

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Can You Hear Libya Now?

    The U.S. and its allies could help Libyans communicate with the outside world by deploying cellphone base stations on aircraft or tethered balloons, write Dan Gonzales and Sarah Harting.

    Mar 4, 2011

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Libya's Terra Incognita: Who and What Will Follow Qaddafi?

    The new, post-Qaddafi era is likely to be marked by the emergence of long-suppressed domestic groups jostling for supremacy in what is sure to be a chaotic political scene, writes Frederic Wehrey.

    Feb 28, 2011

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    Julie Taylor Discusses Post-Mubarak Egypt and Middle East

    Senior political scientist Julie Taylor spoke with RAND media relations director Jeffrey Hiday about the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and the effects it could have on other Middle East countries and U.S. relations with the region.

    Feb 11, 2011

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    The Domino Effect of Arab Unrest

    There is no clear political party or leader ready to step in if the regime in Egypt falls. However, this protest is not without leadership; it is spearheaded by a large network of Egyptian human rights groups and other citizens, writes Julie Taylor.

    Feb 1, 2011

  • Report

    Report

    International Comparison of Ten Medical Regulatory Systems: Egypt, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, South Africa and Spain

    This study was commissioned by the UK General Medical Council (GMC) to provide an evidence base on the systems of medical regulation in place in the countries of origin of doctors seeking to enter the UK and obtain registration to practise.

    May 18, 2009

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    Report

    History of Egyptian Grassroots Political Reform Movement Provides Insight Into Reform Efforts

    The Kefaya Movement, an indigenous effort for political reform organized in Egypt, provides policymakers with an example of the challenges grassroots organizations in the Arab world face as they try to implement democracy and political reform. In late 2004, Kefaya was able to mobilize wide segments of Egyptian society.

    Oct 26, 2008

  • Report

    Report

    Lessons Learned from Past Counterinsurgency (COIN) Operations

    Six historic counterinsurgency operations are examined to determine which tactics, techniques, and procedures led to success and which led to failure, with the hope that U.S. counterinsurgency operations in the future can learn from past lessons.

    Aug 17, 2007

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    Report

    Pacification in Algeria, 1956-1958

    Originally published in 1963 and featuring a new foreword by Bruce Hoffman, this account of the author's successful command in the Algerian war for independence presents a striking parallel to present-day counterinsurgency operations.

    Jun 23, 2006

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    Report

    Assimilating Immigrants: Why America Can and France Cannot

    The United States and France differ greatly in their responses to mass immigration. This report compares the two current cases and briefly discusses the policy implications.

    Dec 20, 2004

  • Report

    Report

    Poisoned Wells: The Politics of Water in the Middle East

    Poisoned Wells: The Politics of Water in the Middle East

    Jan 1, 2004

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    Report

    The Global Course of the Information Revolution: Recurring Themes and Regional Variations

    Projects the impact of information technology and the "information revolution" on areas across the globe for the next 10 to 15 years.

    Jan 1, 2003

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    Report

    The Information Revolution in the Middle East and North Africa

    Explores the future of the information revolution in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa.

    Jan 1, 2003

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    Report

    Population Growth in Egypt: A Continuing Policy Challenge (Arabic version)

    This paper examines demographic trends in Egypt in terms of how present and future challenges affect the nation and how addressing them will benefit it.

    Jan 1, 2001

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