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The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq may
be about to change Middle Eastern studies — and not just by adding
plenty of new subject material.
The incoming director of Middle Eastern studies at George Washington University last week published a post at his Foreign Policy blog that has set off a discussion about the next generation of Middle Eastern studies students and, eventually, professors.
Lynch writes (and some others agree) that master’s programs and
doctoral programs are starting to see an influx — one he expects to
grow — of veterans, many of them military officers as well as those
who worked for non-governmental organizations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The duration of the war, he writes, has led to an unusually large
cohort of future thinkers about the Middle East shaped by their