Marc Lynch is a nonresident senior fellow in the Carnegie Middle East program, and a professor of political science at George Washington University, where he recently completed a six-year term as director of the Institute for Middle East Studies. Lynch is also director of the Project on Middle East Political Science, an international network of scholars, and a contributing editor of the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog.

Lynch’s most recent book, The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East, was published by Public Affairs in 2016. His other books include The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East (Public Affairs, 2012), and The Arab Uprisings Explained (Columbia University Press, 2014). In early February, Diwan caught up with Lynch in Beirut to discuss the Arab uprisings and ask him about the U.S. role in the Middle East as well as the region’s future.