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Marc Lynch

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Berkeley, CA, United States

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Past articles by Marc:

Does the decline of U.S. power matter for the Middle East?

Perceived or not, declining American primacy has real effects. → Read More

Is the next Arab uprising happening in plain sight?

Popular protests are on the rise across the Middle East again. What does it mean? → Read More

What the UAE’s arrest of Matthew Hedges means for political science research in the Middle East

When it comes to research safety in the Middle East, the Hedges case is just the tip of the iceberg. → Read More

The New Arab Order

The 2011 Arab uprisings may not have created new democracies across the Middle East as many hoped they would, but they did fundamentally reshape regional relations. In today's Middle East, the new order is fundamentally one of disorder. → Read More

Why Gaza’s ‘March of Return’ isn’t dominating Arab headlines

Polarized media represent a polarized region. New Twitter data shows how. → Read More

Why it won’t be easy to resolve Yemen’s many wars

The preventable consequences of the war have been well documented, and the military conflict is at a stalemate. → Read More

What are the lessons of the Arab uprisings for Iran’s protests?

The protests in Iran are inevitably shaped by the experience of the 2011 Arab uprisings. → Read More

Three things to know about Trump’s Jerusalem gambit

Regional politics will determine what's next. → Read More

What Saudi Arabia’s purge means for the Middle East

How to understand the kingdom when both domestic and regional order is in an unprecedented state of flux. → Read More

Are Islamists making a comeback in the Middle East? Here’s why they succeed — and fail.

Local factors, not grand narratives, are key. → Read More

Three big lessons of the Qatar crisis

What began with the expectation of Qatar’s rapid capitulation has instead settled down into a “long estrangement.” → Read More

My Middle East politics summer reading picks

Pack these insightful new books on the Middle East, Islam and politics as you head off to vacation. → Read More

How Trump’s alignment with Saudi Arabia and the UAE is inflaming the Middle East

Donald Trump's focus on Iran and on Islamism misses other conflicts in the region. → Read More

What kind of deal is Trump making with Saudi Arabia?

Despite his strategy of embracing Arab partners, Trump will almost certainly soon experience tensions. → Read More

Trump just bombed Syria. What next?

Here are four things to watch in the coming days. → Read More

How the refugee crisis is transforming the Middle East

More than 6 million Syrians have fled the country — and another 10 million have been internally displaced. → Read More

Universities overwhelmingly objected to the Trump travel ban. Here are the values they emphasized.

The academy seems unified in defense of the values that support free inquiry — inclusion, toleration, diversity and community. → Read More

Hold off on the obituaries for Islamist parties in the Middle East

The decline of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood doesn't define the region's Islamists. → Read More

Is there still hope for Turkish democracy?

After the coup attempt, Turkey continues to backslide on indexes of freedom, but elections still matter. → Read More

Three graphic novels to read to get through this election

Some dystopian graphic fiction for your (non-election) weekend reading. → Read More