• An air strike hits a military site controlled by the Houthi group in Yemen's capital Sanaa May 12, 2015, photo by Khaled Abdullah/Reuters


    Yemen: Victim of the Saudi-Iranian Rivalry

    May 12, 2015

    Instability in Yemen does not benefit Iran, Saudi Arabia, or the United States. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is a major threat to all three countries. And neither side in the Yemeni conflict has the capability to impose central authority in Yemen by itself.

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    Conflict in Yemen Fueled by Tribalism, Religious Conflicts

    May 3, 2010

    Armed conflict between the government of Yemen and an opposition movement in the nation's north—consisting of groups of its citizens known as Huthis—has spilled across its borders into Saudi Arabia, posing a potential threat to U.S. interests.

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  • Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a conference in Riyadh, October 24, 2017


    Saudi Arabia and Iran May Be Headed Toward War

    America should encourage Tehran and Riyadh to settle their differences, not facilitate aggressive Saudi action. Otherwise, the region will be plunged into an even bigger crisis—without an end in sight.

    Nov 13, 2017

  • Nigerien soldiers prepare their magazines for a dismounted patrol during Exercise Flintlock 2017 in Diffa, Niger, March 11, 2017


    The Real Questions We Should Be Asking About Niger

    In the wake of the deaths of four U.S. servicemen in Niger, Americans are embroiled in a pointless political squabble. The focus should be on developing a greater understanding of the risks and benefits of U.S. counterterrorism operations abroad.

    Oct 30, 2017

  • Anti-government protesters outside Sana'a University raise their fingers and fists in the air while chanting for a new Yemen, February 25, 2011


    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?

    May 22, 2017

  • Sami Dayan (center), an al Qaeda militant, is escorted by police in a courtroom holding cell in Sanaa, Yemen, April 22, 2014


    A Persistent and Resilient Adversary: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

    The history of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula catalogues every dimension of frustration in combatting terrorism. But is it possible that the United States and its Gulf allies are finally getting the measure of AQAP?

    Aug 22, 2016

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    Al Qaeda Threat to U.S. Embassy in Yemen Raises Questions

    As in most war zones and high threat environments, one of the dangers to guard against is complacency...people become accustomed to a certain level of danger and assume that they have everything under control, when in fact they may have not fully thought through the problems posed by an enemy that is continually innovating, writes William Young.

    Jan 4, 2013

  • a huge demonstration marched to the federal palace to protest against the draft constitution and the constitutional decree announced by President Mohamed Morsi


    The Mirage of the Arab Spring

    Like it or not, the United States counts among its allies a number of authoritarian Arab countries, and they are essential partners in protecting its interests, writes Seth G. Jones. The normative hope that liberal democracy may flourish in the future must be balanced by the need to work with governments and societies as they exist today.

    Jan 3, 2013

  • U.S. and Iraqi soldiers run by a burning vehicle in Hussein Hamadi village, Iraq


    Al Qaeda Is Far from Defeated

    As the administration looks eastward—a strategy that incorporates China's rise—underestimating al Qaeda would be a dangerous mistake, writes Seth G. Jones.

    Apr 30, 2012

  • Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen October 2008


    Awlaki's Death Hits al-Qaeda's Social Media Strategy

    Though Awlaki will be difficult to replace—since he effectively coupled both propaganda and operations—al-Qaeda will continue to plan attacks overseas against Western targets, writes Seth Jones.

    Sep 30, 2011

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    Expect Regime Change in Libya, Yemen

    The countries in a possible "second wave" of Arab revolutions have dim prospects for consolidated democracies. Other than tribes, Libya essentially has no civil society, and it has a long-isolated educated class. Yemen has civil society organizations but fewer well-educated individuals, writes Julie Taylor.

    Apr 25, 2011

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    How a Decade of Terror Changed America

    Two foiled airliner bombings bracket a decade that changed the world's understanding of terrorism as a new form of global warfare and has had profound ramifications we are still coming to grips with in the U.S., writes Brian Michael Jenkins.

    Dec 30, 2009

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    Unavoidable Clash of Islam and the West?

    Published commentary by RAND staff.

    Jan 23, 2005

  • Report

    Oman and the World: The Emergence of an Independent Foreign Policy

    This report systematically analyzes the foreign policy of the Sultanate.

    Jan 1, 1995

  • Report

    The New Marxist-Leninist States in the Third World

    This paper reviews the emergence of six Marxist-Leninist regimes among Third World Nations: Afghanistan, Yemen, Angola, Mozambique, Ethiopia, and Nicaragua.

    Jan 1, 1984

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    Politics and the Soviet Presence in the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen: Internal Vulnerabilities and Regional Challenges

    Describes the evolution of the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen's (PDRY) internal political and economic situation and discusses its relations with other states in the region and with the Soviet Union.

    Jan 1, 1983

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    Soviet strengths and vulnerabilities in the Middle East

    There is a growing awareness that Soviet influences pose a particularly acute problem in the area of the Middle East. In the Middle East the potential freedom of action available to the Soviet Union and its allies to exploit their military advantage...

    Jan 1, 1980

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    The Narrative Structure of Swindler Tales.

    A model is designed for the narrative structure of the swindler tale, which is defined as an oral narrative about a clever person who cheats a less clever one to win (usually) a small material gain or gratification. The model is based on these conce...

    Jan 1, 1968

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    Daniel Egel

    Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in economics, University of California, Berkeley; B.A. in biology, University of Chicago

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    Beth Grill

    Senior Policy Analyst
    Education M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies and Economics, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; B.A. in international studies, Johns Hopkins University