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The initial enthusiasm for the transformation of the Arab world generated by the Tunisian and Egyptian uprisings has long since given way to frustration, political polarization, and violent civil war. What is left of those hopes? Have Egypt's military coup and Syria's horrific civil war dashed the hopes for democratic change? Or are there still reasons to expect new movements towards more democratic and inclusive politics in the Middle East?
Marc Lynch is professor of political science and director of the Institute for Middle East Studies at the George Washington University. He edits Foreign Policy's Middle East Channel, leads the Project on Middle East Political Science, and is a non-resident senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. The paperback edition of his most recent book, The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East, was published in January.
The Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University promotes understanding of the people, cultures, languages and religions of the Middle East. As a National Resource Center for Middle East Studies under the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program, the Center serves as a resource on issues pertaining to the Middle East through activities that reach students and scholars, as well as businesses, educators, and the media. The Middle East Studies Center supports academic conferences, workshops, cultural events, lectures, and a resource library.
The Center’s Lunch & Learn series offers students, faculty, and members of the community an opportunity to learn about events in the region from experts in the field. Through informal presentations followed by discussion, scholars offer academic analysis of current events including subjects such as the Egyptian revolution, humanitarian aid in Libya, and the UN vote on Palestinian statehood. These conversations provide a forum for the community to engage in thoughtful dialogue about the region, ask questions, and share their opinions. This responsive series fosters an increase in international awareness and a community of learning with a shared interest in the Middle East.