His current research interests include Russian foreign policy, Russian politics in comparative perspective, and relationships between international order and political development. In 2006, he received an All-University Teaching Award. Courses offered include: Russian Foreign Policy, Russian Politics, American-Russian Relations, Domestic Politics & American Foreign Policy. Books and monographs include: Vladimir Putin & Russian Statecraft (Potomac Books, 2011); How Russia is Not Ruled: Reflections on Russian Political Development (Cambridge University Press, 2005); Does Russia Have a Democratic Future? (Foreign Policy Association, 1997); Europe from the Balkans to the Urals (Oxford University Press/Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, 1996), with Reneo Lukic; The Cold War Is Over—Again (Westview Press, 1992); Political & Military Implications of the “Nuclear Winter” Theory (Institute for East-West Security Studies, 1988); and The Soviet Study of International Relations (Cambridge University Press, 1987), which received the Marshall D. Shulman Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies.
His articles have appeared in numerous learned journals abroad and in the United States; his works have been translated into Russian, Chinese, French, German, Serbo-Croatian and Polish. In 2008, Mr. Lynch was Visiting Professor at the Center for Russian Studies, East China Normal University, Shanghai; In 2005, he was Visiting Scholar at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris; in 2001, he was Visiting Professor at the JFK Institute for North American Studies, Free University of Berlin as well as Visiting Scholar at the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Auswaertige Politik, Berlin; in 1993-1994, he was Visiting Scholar at the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Research Institute, Munich; in 1981-1982, he was Albert Gallatin Fellow in International Affairs at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Internationales, Geneva; and in 1980-81 he was Visitor at the Russian Research Center, Harvard University.
Between 1993-2006, as Director of the Center for Russian & East European Studies, he raised $1.5 million in Russian and East European Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships & program funds. In 1997, he received the Kleinhans Award for Distinguished Service to the School of Continuing Education. At Virginia, he has held both the White Burkett Miller Chair in Public Policy (1992-94) and the Cummings Memorial Chair in International Affairs (2002-2008). He is an Honorary Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association. Between 1988-2012 he was Executive Vice-President of the Feris Foundation of America, a foundation devoted to doctoral research in international studies, disbursing more than $2 million in international doctoral fellowships during that period. Between 2010-12, he was Director of Research, Center for International Studies at the University.