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The RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy (CMEPP) provides expertise on the Middle East. CMEPP analysts are in touch with political, social, economic, and technological developments in and around the region. Through research and analysis, CMEPP helps public and private decision makers solve problems, tackle challenges, and identify ways to make society safer, smarter, and more prosperous.
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U.S. Policy in Afghanistan: Basic Questions — Strategic Choices
On October 29, 2009, the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy convened a half-day symposium of experts — including Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, Ambassador James Dobbins, Senator Carl Levin, and others — and journalists to address assumptions and alternatives for U.S. policy in Afghanistan.

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The US Midterm Elections and US-Turkish Relations — Nov. 23, 2010
In the last several weeks, the Turkish press has been filled with articles seeking to assess the implications of the U.S. midterm elections, especially for U.S.-Turkish relations. Many Turkish commentators see a badly weakened President Barack Obama losing control of foreign policy, as discussed by F. Stephen Larrabee in a commentary that appeared in Hürriyet Daily News and Economic Review.
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The Arc Wins "Future Project of the Year" at 2010 World Architecture Festival — Nov. 15, 2010
The Arc, a proposed high-speed transportation infrastructure corridor linking urban centers within and between the West Bank and Gaza, won two major prizes at the 2010 World Architecture Festival held in Barcelona November 3-5, 2010.
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Revolutionary Guards Criticize Ahmadinejad — Nov. 5, 2010
Recent criticism of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the Revolutionary Guards’ publication Payam-e Enghelab (Message of the Revolution) is in some ways unprecedented. Yet it is also not completely surprising as discussed in this commentary by Alireza Nader that appeared in PBS.org and USIP.
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Our Foes Cannot Destroy This Nation — Oct. 27, 2010
President Obama's military and civilian advisers are at odds about how to employ counterinsurgency (COIN) in Afghanistan as discussed in this commentary by James Dobbins that appeared on ForeignAffairs.com​.
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An Old Scourge Needs a Modern Solution — Sep. 3, 2010
Piracy is a crime of international jurisdiction. Any flag state can arrest persons caught in the act. However, most nations have junked archaic piracy laws and enacted no new ones, and therefore are reluctant to bring pirates to trial as discussed in this commentary by Peter Chalk that appeared in International Herald Tribune.
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Budget Cuts Are Cracking the West’s Defenses — Aug 19, 2010
The global economic crisis is forcing many of America’s European allies to make deep cuts in defense spending and procurement. This could have a significant impact on US transatlantic defense cooperation, especially with Britain and France as discussed in this commentary by By F. Stephen Larrabee and Peter A. Wilson that appeared on Christian Science Monitor.
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A Bottom-Up Peace in Afghanistan — Jul 15, 2010
The Afghan government has embarked on a high-stakes gamble: Try to negotiate with the leaders of the various insurgent networks to end the nine-year-old Afghan war. As discussed in this commentary by Wali Shaaker and John V. Parachini that appeared in Providence Journal.
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An Economic Analysis of the Financial Records of al–Qa’ida in Iraq — 2010
This monograph analyzes the finances of the militant group al-Qa'ida in Iraq in Anbar province during 2005 and 2006, at the peak of the group's power and influence. The authors draw on captured financial documents that give details on the daily financial transactions of one specific sector within Anbar province and of the financial transactions of the AQI provincial administration.
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The al Qaeda-Inspired Terrorist Threat: An Appreciation of the Current Situation — 2010
Testimony presented before the Canadian Senate Special Committee on Anti-terrorism on December 6, 2010.
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Three Proposed Initiatives for Improving Mobility, Quality of Life, and Economic Growth in the West Bank: A Visual Summary
Describes three demonstration projects based on the Arc, RAND's proposal for a sweeping infrastructure corridor linking urban centers, within and between the West Bank and Gaza.
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Whither Al-Anbar Province? Five Scenarios Through 2011 — 2010
Presents a discussion of likely scenarios for Iraq's al-Anbar Province over the course of the next three years.
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