- Eye Opening
Political science professor Marc Lynch chronicles 2012 to 2016 – as the Arab Spring soured to Arab winter. He partially defends Barack Obama’s administration, criticized for Middle East timidity. Lynch could have offered more policy prescriptions, but he says the region needs an end to autocrats more than it needs new policies. He draws a pessimistic future of declining economies, falling oil prices, political instability and proxy wars. He says the United States should keep retrenching and seek reform partners. Academics and those with regional interests, in particular, will find this food for thought.
About the Author
George Washington University political science professor Marc Lynch has written three books about Arab politics and is a contributing editor to The Washington Post’s academic blog, Monkey Cage.