Curriculum Vitae

Marc Lynch
Curriculum Vitae (Abridged)

Teaching Positions

Professor, George Washington University, Department of Political Science and Elliott School of International Affairs, with joint appointment in School of Media and Public Affairs. 2007-present.

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Associate Professor (with tenure), Williams College, Department of Political Science, 2004 -2007.

Assistant Professor, Williams College, Department of Political Science, 1998-2004

Lecturer and Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, Department of Political Science, 1997-1998.

Instructor, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, Dept of Political Science, 1996-1997.

Institutional Positions
Director, Institute for Middle East Studies and Middle East Studies Program, George Washington University. 2009-present.

Co-Director, Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communications, George Washington University, 2008-09.

Editor. The Middle East Channel at Foreign Policy ( January 2010-present.

Director, Project on Middle East Political Science, January 2010-present.

Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security, July 2009-present

Featured Blogger, ( January 2009-present.


Post-Doctoral Fellow University of California, Berkeley (Political Science)

Ph.D. Cornell University, May 1997 (Government)

Visiting Scholar Princeton University, Fall 1993 (Middle East Studies, Politics)

M.A. Cornell University, 1992 (Government)

B.A. Duke University, 1990 (Honors Political Science; Phi Beta Kappa)


Carnegie Corporation. 2010-11. POMEPS Extending the Network to the Arab World Conference. $50,000. With Lisa Anderson, American University of Cairo.

U.S. Department of Education, Title VI National Resource Center for Middle East Studies. 2010-2013. $975,000.

Social Science Research Council. 2010-12. POMEPS. $150,000.

Carnegie Corporation. 2010-2012. Project on Middle East Political Science. $475,000.

United States Institute for Peace. 2009-2010. New Media and Contentious Politics. $98,000. With Sean Aday, Henry Farrell, John Sides, and Ethan Zuckerman.


The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East. New York: PublicAffairs, 2012.

The Globalization of the Muslim Brotherhood. New York: Cambridge University Press, under contract.

Revolution in the Arab World: Tunisia, Egypt, and the Unmaking of an Era, co-editor with Susan Glasser and Blake Hounshell. Washington, DC: Foreign Policy eBook, 2011.

Voices of the New Arab Public: Iraq, Al Jazeera, and Middle East Politics Today. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006. Choice Outstanding Academic Book.

State Interests and Public Spheres: The International Politics of Jordan’s Identity. New York: Columbia University Press, 1999.

Journal Articles

After Egypt: The Promise and Limitations of the Online Challenge to the Authoritarian Arab State. Perspectives on Politics 9, no.2 (June 2011). (Forthcoming)

America and the Egyptian Uprising. Survival 53, no.2 (March 2011). (Forthcoming)

Understanding the Awakening: Explaining the shift in Iraqi Sunni political attitudes, 2004-2007. Security Studies 20, no.1 (Spring 2011).

Veiled Truths: The Rise of Political Islam in the West. Foreign Affairs 89, no.4 (July/August 2010), pp.138-147. Review and Discussion, Foreign Affairs 89, no.5 (September/October 2010).

Islam Divided Between Salafi-Jihad and the Ikhwan. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 33, no.6 (2010), pp.467-87.

Politics First: Why Only U.S. Withdrawal Can Spur Iraqi Cooperation. Foreign Affairs 87, no.5 (2008), pp.152-55.

Stability Without a State? (author) and Symposium: Thinking Strategically About Iraq (editor). Middle East Policy 15, no. 1 (Spring 2008), pp.82-110.

Blogging the New Arab Public. Arab Media and Society 1 (March 2007).

Al-Qaeda’s Constructivist Turn. Praeger Security International (March 2006).

Reality is Not Enough: The Politics of Arab Reality TV. Transnational Broadcasting Studies Journal 15 (winter 2005).

Assessing the Democratizing Potential of Satellite Television. Transnational Broadcasting Studies Journal 14 (spring 2005).

Trans-National Dialogue in an Age of Terror. Global Society 19, no.1 (January 2005): 3-31.

Taking Arabs Seriously. Foreign Affairs 82, no.5 (2003), pp.81-94.

Beyond the Arab Street: Iraq and the Arab Public Sphere. Politics and Society 31, no.1 (March 2003): 55-91.

Why Engage? China and the Logic of Communicative Engagement. European Journal of International Relations 8, no.2 (June 2002): 187-230.

The Dialogue of Civilizations and International Public Spheres. Millennium: Journal of International Studies 29, no.2 (2000): 307-330.

Globalization and International Democracy. International Studies Review 2, no.3 (fall 2000): 91-101.

Abandoning Iraq: Jordan’s Alliances and the Politics of State Identity. Security Studies
8, no.2/3 (Winter 1998 – Spring 1999), pp.347-388.

Five Scenarios of the Israel-Palestinian Relationship in 2002. Collective authorship,
lead author Janice Gross Stein. Security Studies 7, no.4 (Summer 1998): 195-208.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

“Regional International Relations.” In Politics of the Middle East, edited by Ellen Lust-Okar. Congressional Quarterly Press, in press 2010.

“Beyond ‘violent extremism’: strategic communication in the Obama era.” American Foreign Policy: Regional Perspectives, edited by Richmond Lloyd. Newport, RI: Naval War College, 2009.

“Islam between the Ikhwan and the Jihad.” In “Fault Lines: Al Qaeda’s Organizational, Strategic, and Ideological Fissures,” edited by Assaf Moghadam and Brian Fishman (West Point: Combatting Terrorism Center and Routledge Press, in press 2010).

Political Effects of the Arab Media. In Arab Media: Power and Weakness, edited by Kai Hafez (Continuum Press 2008), pp.15-28.

Lie to Me: Sanctions on Iraq, Moral Argument, and the International Politics of Hypocrisy. In Moral Limit and Possibility in World Politics, edited by Richard Price (2008, Cambridge University Press).

Arab Arguments. In New Media and the New Middle East, edited by Philip Seib. New York: Palgrave, 2007, pp. 101-118.

Public Diplomacy and Public Opinion Survey Research. In Public Diplomacy: Practitioners, Policy Makers, and Public Opinion, edited by Joshua S. Fouts. Los Angeles: USC Center for Public Diplomacy, 2006.

Anti-Americanisms in the Arab World. In Anti-Americanisms in World Politics, edited by Peter Katzenstein and Robert Keohane. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2006.

Globalization and Arab Security. In Globalization and National Security, edited by Jonathon Kirschner. London: Routledge, 2006.

Dialogue in an Age of Terror. In Islamic Democratic Discourse: Theory, Debates, and Philosophical Perspectives, edited by M.A. Muqtedar Khan. Boston: Lexington Press 2006.

The Arab Media Environment. In Engaging the Arab/Islamic World through Public Diplomacy, edited by Bill Rugh. Washington: Public Diplomacy Institute, December 2004.

Critical Theory: Dialogue, Legitimacy, and Normative Justifications for War. In Making Sense of IR Theory, edited by Jennifer Sterling-Folker. Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2005.

Jordan’s Identity and Interests. In Identity and Foreign Policy in the Middle East, edited by Shibley Telhami and Michael Barnett. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2001.

Rightsizing Over the Jordan: The Politics of Downsizing. In Rightsizing the State, edited by Ian Lustick, Brendan O’Leary, and Thomas Callaghy. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Abandoning Iraq. In The Origins of National Interests , edited by Glenn Chafetz, Michael Spirtas, and Ben Frankel. London: Frank Cass, 1999.

Policy Papers and Short Essays

America and Iran After the Arab Uprisings. Washington, DC: Center for a New American Security, April 2011.

Revolution 2.0: New Media and Contentious Politics. With Sean Aday, Henry Farrell, and John Sides. Washington, DC: United States Institute of Peace, September 2010.

Rhetoric and Reality: Countering Terrorism in the Age of Obama. Washington, DC: Center for a New American Security. June 2010.

America’s Extended Hand: Assessing the Obama Administration’s Global Engagement Strategy. With Kristin Lord. Washington, DC: Center for a New American Security, 2010.

Conclusion, in Security for Peace: Setting the Conditions for a Palestinian State, edited by Andrew Exum. Washington, DC: Center for a New American Security, 2010.

U.S. Standing in The World: Causes, Consequences, and the Future. 2009. Task Force on U.S. Standing in World Affairs, chaired by Peter Katzenstein and Jeffrey Legro. Washington,D.C.: American Political Science Association. Available at

Window of Opportunity for the Two-State Solution. With Brian Katulis and Robert C. Adler. Center for American Progress, July 15, 2009.

Iraq’s Political Transition After the Surge: Five Enduring Tensions and Ten Emerging Challenges. With Brian Katulis and Peter Juul, Center for American Progress, September 2008.

Islamist Views of Reform. Brookings Institution, proceedings of US-Islamic World Forum, February 16-18, 2008.

The Brotherhood’s Dilemma: Evaluating the democratic commitments of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. Crown Center Policy Brief #25, January 2008.

Brothers in Arms: How to Talk to America (Memo to the Muslim Brotherhood). Foreign Policy (September 2007), pp.70-74.

Young Brothers in Cyberspace. Middle East Report 245 (November-December 2007), pp. 26-33.

The Al-Hurra Project. Arab Media and Society 3 (2007).

Al-Qaeda’s Media Strategies. The National Interest (spring 2006): 50-56.

Jordan: Knives Out for the National Agenda. Arab Reform Bulletin 3, no.9 (November 2005).

Watching al-Jazeera. The Wilson Quarterly (summer 2005).

Shattering the Politics of Silence: Satellite Television and the Transformation of Arab Political Culture. Arab Reform Bulletin, December 2004.

No Jordan Option. Middle East Report Online. June 21, 2004.

Not the Enemy: The Arab Media and American Reform Efforts. Arab Reform Bulletin, April 2004.

Irrelevance Lost. Middle East Report Online. March 18, 2003.

Using and Abusing the UN, Redux. Middle East Report 225 (Winter 2002), 8-13.

The Politics of Consensus in the Gulf. Middle East Report 215 (summer 2000): 20-23.

Jordan’s King Abdallah in Washington. MERIP Press Information Note No.94 (May 9, 2002), reprinted in The Daily Star (Beirut), May 10, 2002, p.3.

Smart Sanctions: Rebuilding Consensus or Maintaining Conflict? MERIP Press Information Note No.62 (June 28, 2001).

Op-eds and newspaper essays

US commitment to Iraq will pay off across the Middle East — and avert a historic error. With John Nagl. Christian Science Monitor, December 2, 2010.

Striking Iran Unwarranted and Would be a Disaster. The Atlantic, August 23, 2010.

Iraq’s moment of truth. The National, March 25, 2010.

Just Stick to It. New York Times. December 10, 2009.

Spoilt Ballots, or what happens when Islamists aren’t allowed to be democrats. The National. October 28, 2009.

Grading Places (The Arab Human Development Report). The National, July 30, 2009.

Don’t Just Watch (Arabs and the peace process). The National, July 8, 2009.

Paint by Numbers (Arab public opinion). The National, May 29, 2009.

Brothers gonna work it out? The National, April 3, 2009.

The Conversation. The National, February 20, 2009. Available at

Why Obama still has to get out of Iraq. Foreign Policy (web only), January 2009, available at

Why U.S. policy towards Iran is crumbling. Christian Science Monitor, January 4, 2008.

Sunni World. The American Prospect, September 15, 2007.

The failure of public diplomacy. The Guardian Comment is Free, June 16, 2007.

The Arab Media Paradox. Bitter Lemons International, May 2, 2007. Reprinted in The Daily Star (Beirut), May 8, 2007.

Our Enemy’s Enemy. The American Prospect, April 20, 2007

Insurgents against al-Qaeda. The Guardian Comment is Free, April 10, 2007

An Eye on Allawi. The Guardian Comment is Free, March 13, 2007.

Brotherhood of the Blog. The Guardian Comment is Free, March 5, 2007

How Eminem Can Save the Middle East. The Guardian Comment is Free, Feb 13, 2007.

Power Ploy. The American Prospect, July 20, 2006

What to Do in Iraq? Foreign Affairs on-line symposium. July 11-13, 2006

Arab Revolution Powered by Television. Baltimore Sun. March 6, 2005.

Out of tsunami, a quiet Arab media revolution. Christian Science Monitor, Jan 31, 2005.

Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss: A Critical Review. International Studies Perspectives, Fall 2004

Hypocrisy Doesn’t Win Arab Friends. MERIP op-ed, November 3, 2004.

Humiliating Our Friends., April 21, 2004.

America is losing the battle for Arab opinion. Int’l Herald Tribune, Aug 23, 2003

We need the UN more than ever. Global Beat Syndicate. April 14, 2003.

Iraq: Why Not Do Nothing? Christian Science Monitor, July 31, 2002.

Abu Aardvark: an influential daily blog focused on Middle East politics, which ran from 2002-2009; archives available at Moved to Foreign Policy (, January 2009.