July 9, 2014 11:30 AM

For specialists in Middle East affairs, no consensus on what the future holds

In a sign of the complexity of the crisis in Iraq, where Islamic radicals have declared a modern caliphate that stretches across century-old borders and politicians appear deadlocked on who should lead a new government in Baghdad, scholars who’ve devoted their lives to studying the Middle East express no consensus on what the future is likely to hold for the beleaguered region.

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