Marc Lynch

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Consent of the Governors

Why Egypt’s constitutional referendum is a worrisome step toward authoritarianism.

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The Political Science of Syria’s War

From 'veto players' to 'emotions,' a state-of-the-art tour of the scholarship on civil wars and insurgencies.

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The Dark List

Why nobody in the Middle East deserves to be an FP Leading Global Thinker this year.

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Spoiler Alert

What lessons do the success of Camp David and the failure of Oslo hold for America's nuclear deal with Iran?

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Peak Middle East?

Why the administration is giving a free pass to Egypt's military regime.

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The Entrepreneurs of Cynical Sectarianism

Why the Middle East's identity conflicts go way beyond the Sunni-Shiite divide.

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The Middle East Power Vacuum

When Iran starts to look competent and responsible, you know you've got a problem.

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Iraq’s Moment to Rise or Burn

Baghdad could be the key to unlocking the region's worst conflicts -- if only it could get its own house in order.

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Promotion Demotion

Does it even make sense for the Obama administration to push for democracy in the Arab world?

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A Partial Syria Reset

Obama's diplomatic solution might not stop Assad's war, but it's far better than what airstrikes would have accomplished.

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The Price of Proxies

Don't be fooled: The United States is already knee-deep in the Syrian quagmire, and the opportunity costs are disturbing.

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Trench Warfare

The sectarian and political camps across the Arab world are violently divided on Syria. Could a U.S. bombing campaign bring them together?

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Restraining Order

Obama's been wise to not get involved in Syria. But now comes the tricky part.

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