Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar: "The New Arab Wars"

The hopes of the Arab uprisings of 2011 have faded into a nightmarish array of resurgent autocrats, failed states, and civil wars. What went wrong? "The New Arab Wars" highlights the role of regional and global powers, from Saudi Arabia and Iran to the United States. It shows how the interventions by external powers derailed the democratic transition in Egypt and blocked change in other countries. It then explains how those interventions turned Libya, Yemen and Syria into full-scale wars with little prospect in sight for resolution. Finally, it looks at the Obama administration's approach to the uprisings and how the next President will likely adapt America's role in the Middle East.

Marc Lynch is professor of Political Science at The George Washington University.