Author profile: Mark N. Katz

Mark N. Katz is a professor of government and politics at the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. He is the author of Revolutions and Revolutionary Waves and Reflections on Revolutions, and is the editor of The USSR and Marxist Revolutions in the Third World and Revolution: International Dimensions.

The Changing Geopolitical Context of US Support for Human Rights and Democracy Promotion

Mark N. Katz • Sep 19 2023 • Articles

At a time when neither Russia nor China is advancing human rights and democratization, America’s doing so could prove to be a highly strategic move.

Post-Putin Russia: Five Potential Pathways

Mark N. Katz • Jul 4 2023 • Articles

Putinism without Putin is the most likely post-status quo pathway for Russia, but this will be difficult to sustain.

Opinion – Reflections on the American Revolution at Almost 250

Mark N. Katz • Jul 24 2022 • Articles

As we approach the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 2026, society is deeply polarized about what sort of nation America is and what sort of nation it should be.

Understanding Syria’s Many Conflicts

Mark N. Katz • Aug 31 2016 • Articles

The Syrian war is not just one conflict, but several conflicts which interact with one another. Syria has become a quagmire in which nobody can win but all can lose.

Russia, Iran and Israel: A Troubled Triangle

Mark N. Katz • May 18 2016 • Articles

Moscow’s efforts to retain good relations with both Israel and Iran will continue to cause each to be wary of becoming too reliant on a Russia that it deems unreliable.

Putin’s Syrian Quagmire: Costs as well as Benefits for the US

Mark N. Katz • Dec 2 2015 • Articles

Just because Moscow insists on making mistakes in Syria, Washington does not have to do so too.

Pledging Allegiance to ISIS:  Who Benefits Most?

Mark N. Katz • Dec 17 2014 • Articles

Rivalries among jihadist movements will not bring about their downfall, but they will prevent the unified, worldwide jihadist movement that ISIS has sought to build.

Obama and the Syrian Civil War

Mark N. Katz • Mar 29 2013 • Articles

Increased US involvement may not bring about a quick, clean end to Syrian conflict. But, the limited involvement that Obama has recently been indicating will certainly not do so.

Russia, America, and Syria

Mark N. Katz • Oct 17 2012 • Articles

Moscow and Washington strongly disagree over many issues. Their differences over Syria, however, do not amount to a Cold War-style proxy war between them. Regional actors are more at odds in Syria than the U.S. and Russia.

Intervention vs Non-Intervention in Syria: Assessing Costs and Benefits for the West

Mark N. Katz • Sep 4 2012 • Articles

In the case of Syria, Western policymakers need to focus on, not whether to choose between intervention and non-intervention, but what sort of intervention will minimize costs and maximize benefits.

Syria: Prospects for Transition from Minority to Majority Rule

Mark N. Katz • Jun 16 2012 • Articles

Absent the circumstances that facilitated the transition to majority rule in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Iraq, the prospects in Syria appear to be extremely poor.

Leaving Without Losing: The War on Terror After Iraq and Afghanistan

Mark N. Katz • Apr 30 2012 • Articles

Just as intervening in Afghanistan and Iraq did not lead the United States to victory, neither will withdrawing from these countries. Although the U.S. is likely to endure negative consequences from its disengagement, withdrawal need not mean defeat.

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