Regional Politics and Security

In the years following the Arab uprisings, conflict and political unrest remain an ongoing feature in the Middle East. RAND's research addresses a range of current policy challenges, including political transitions, terrorism, civil conflicts, and the political and security dynamics of the broader region. Looking for work on Syria, Iraq, and ISIS? Find it here.

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    A Saudi-Led Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism Could Benefit U.S. Interests

    Apr 19, 2016


    A military alliance of Muslim-majority nations to fight terrorism poses no danger to U.S. interests. In fact, the Saudi-led initiative could be helpful in several ways beyond current levels of cooperation.

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    How the Syrian Refugee Crisis Can Improve Jordan's Outlook

    Nov 30, 2015


    Syrian refugees might benefit the Jordanian economy by stimulating growth. Donors and lenders have increased their support to Jordan, in turn offering the government an opportunity to improve the lives of both refugees and Jordanian citizens.

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    Libya After Qaddafi

    Mar 17, 2014

    Chivvis , et al.

    Although Libya's fate is ultimately in the hands of Libyans themselves, international actors could have done more to help after the fall of Qaddafi. Steps may still be taken to avert further deterioration of Libya, as well as the broader region.

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    Turkish-Iranian Relations in a Changing Middle East

    Aug 26, 2013

    Larrabee, et al.

    Turkish-Iranian cooperation has visibly intensified in recent years, thanks in part to Turkish energy needs and Iran's vast oil and natural gas resources. However, Turkey and Iran tend to be rivals rather than close partners. How are Turkish-Iranian relations likely to evolve in the coming decade?

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    New Security and Justice Sector Partnership Models: Implications of the Arab Uprisings

    May 14, 2014

    McNerney, et al.

    The United States faces a unique set of challenges and opportunities in strengthening security and justice sector partnerships in the Middle East and North Africa. RAND researchers analyzed potential new partnership models that could help implement recent policy guidance.

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    Undermining Violent Extremism in Yemen

    May 22, 2017

    Robinson , et al.

    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?

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