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Julie Taylor

Julie E. Taylor is a political scientist at the RAND Corporation. Her research focuses on the Middle East, insurgencies, and nation-building.

Prior to RAND, Taylor was a professor in the Near Eastern Studies Department at Princeton University. She served as a trustee for the American Institute for Iranian Studies from 2005 to 2008 and was a Strategic Studies Fellow at Harvard's Olin Institute.


Taylor spent several years living in Egypt, Jordan, and Iran, and has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East.


She has published on U.S. compellent strategy prior to the Gulf War and on strategic interaction among Muslim clerics, Islamist groups, and regimes in Iran and Egypt.


She is currently working on projects concerning the future of U.S.-Egyptian relations, insurgent motives, post-conflict nation-building, and prospects for U.S.-Libyan strategic cooperation.


Taylor received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Changing of the Guard in Egypt

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi replaced his top military leaders on Sunday, a move that has dramatically altered the governing dynamics in Egypt. It is now clear that that there was a split within Egypt's military leadership. The new Minister of Defense, Col. Gen. Abdul Fatah...

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