As Leon Aron wrote in FP in July, much of what we think we know about the fall of the Soviet Union is wrong. In this forthcoming book, the American Enterprise Institute scholar explains the collapse anew, exploring the shift in moral and intellectual values that emerged in the glasnost era, and explaining how these values were disseminated.
Why does war continue to break out -- and then drag on -- despite how costly it is known to be? According to London School of Economics professor David Keen, the answer lies in understanding who benefits when conflict arises, economically, politically, or otherwise. Approaching wars in this way, he concludes, will ultimately help us figure out how to end them.
After spearheading much of FP's blog analysis of the Arab Spring, Marc Lynch is primed for his new book exploring the long-term impact of the movement that toppled governments in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya. Lynch, who directs George Washington University's Institute for Middle East Studies, finds that while the political shape of much of the Arab World is still in flux, the countries affected by the Arab Spring -- and the West -- are merely beginning to understand just how powerful the force of public opinion in the region is -- and will be.