- By Marc Lynch
Marc Lynch is associate professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, where he is the director of the Institute for Middle East Studies and of the Project on Middle East Political Science. He is also a non-resident senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. He is the author of The Arab Uprising (March 2012, PublicAffairs).
He publishes frequently on the politics of the Middle East, with a particular focus on the Arab media and information technology, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, and Islamist movements.
Does this photo bother you, even though you’re a serious thinker on foreign policy?
Does this one bring back memories as awful as George Bush’s “Axis of Evil” speech?
Well, then my weekly column is for you: “America’s March Madness Problem: We’re Duke.” It explains why Americans struggling to understand the phenomenon of anti-Americanism should take a good look at their own feelings towards the Duke Blue Devils. You know you want to learn about “peak Laettner”, what it means that you loved Stephen Curry and hate Seth Curry, how Duke’s failures in the NCAA tourney mirror America’s struggles in Iraq, the limits of Obama’s efforts to de-Dukify American foreign policy, and why Peter Katzenstein and Bob Keohane are must-reading for March Madness.
I had fun writing it. I’m looking forward to the responses. So go read it! And Go Duke!