In his 2016 book The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East, George Washington University political-science professor Marc Lynch notes, "This book has been painful to write" (p. 255).
During Richard Nixon's visit to China in 1972, Premier Zhou Enlai famously declined to answer a question about the historical impact of the French Revolution, protesting that it was still too early to draw firm conclusions.
Since the beginning of the conflict in Syria four years ago, many have looked for reliable academic sources on the subject. For the first few years, only a smattering of journal articles appeared to provide a deeper and peer-reviewed analysis of the conflict ripping Syria apart.
The title The New Arabs may not mean much to many in the West who are just as unfamiliar with the old Arabs, but whether in the Middle East or in the West, the topic of the millennial generation is trending.
For much of the last two decades, few Middle East experts gave serious consideration to Qatar, its governance structure or its decision-making process.