Less than twenty-four months after the hope-filled Arab uprising، the popular movement had morphed into a dystopia of resurgent dictators، failed states، and civil wars. Egypt's epochal transition to democracy ended in a violent military coup. Yemen and Libya collapsed into civil war، while Bahrain erupted in smothering sectarian repression. Syria proved the greatest victim of all، ripped apart by internationally fueled insurgencies and an externally supported، bloody-minded regime. Amidst the chaos، a virulently militant group declared an Islamic State، seizing vast territories and inspiring terrorism across the globe. What happened?
The New Arab Wars is a profound illumination of the causes of this nightmare. It details the costs of the poor choices made by regional actors، delivers a scathing analysis of Western misreadings of the conflict، and condemns international interference that has stoked the violence. Informed by commentators and analysts from the Arab world، Marc Lynch's narrative of a vital region's collapse is both wildly dramatic and likely to prove definitive. Most important، he shows that the region's upheavals have only just begun—and that the hopes of Arab regimes and Western policy makers to retreat to old habits of authoritarian stability are doomed to fail.
About the Author Marc Lynch is 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 nonresident senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security، and a contributing editor at the Monkey Cage blog for "The Washington Post." He is the codirector of the Blogs and Bullets project at the US Institute of Peace. He formerly launched and edited the Middle East Channel on ForeignPolicy.com. His most recent book، "The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East،" was called the most illuminating and، for policymakers، the most challenging book yet written on the topic by "The Economist." His other books include "Voices of the New Arab Public: Iraq Al-Jazeera، and Middle East Politics Today،" selected as a "Choice" Outstanding Academic Book، and "State Interests and Public Spheres: The International Politics of Jordan s Identity."