Michael Young

Editor, Diwan
Senior Editor, Carnegie Middle East Center

Michael Young is the editor of Diwan and a senior editor at the Carnegie Middle East Center.

Michael Young is a senior editor at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut and editor of Diwan, Carnegie’s Middle East blog.

Previously, he was opinion editor, as well as a columnist, for the Daily Star in Lebanon. He writes a weekly column for the National (Abu Dhabi) and the Now Lebanon website (Beirut), and is author of The Ghosts of Martyrs Square: An Eyewitness Account of Lebanon’s Life Struggle. The book was selected by the Wall Street Journal as one of its ten notable books of 2010, and won the Silver Prize in the Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s book prize competition of 2010.

He is a graduate of the American University of Beirut and of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

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  • A World Transformed
    • April 18, 2017

    A World Transformed

    In an interview, Kheder Khaddour discusses his recent Carnegie paper on tribal realities in eastern Syria.

  • Syriana
    • April 06, 2017


    In an interview, Charles Lister talks about jihadists and why Bashar al-Assad has to go.

  • Sisi on the Potomac
    • April 03, 2017

    Sisi on the Potomac

    A Carnegie primer as Egypt’s president visits the United States.

  • Sisi and the Businessmen
    • March 28, 2017

    Sisi and the Businessmen

    In an interview, Amr Adly discusses his recent Carnegie paper on Egypt’s large private enterprises.

  • An Emigrant’s Tale
    • March 10, 2017

    An Emigrant’s Tale

    In an interview, Sergio Jalil discusses the Lebanese diaspora in Latin America and how Lebanon can benefit from it.

  • A Rough Patch
    • February 27, 2017

    A Rough Patch

    In an interview, Princeton University’s Bernard Haykel discusses Saudi Arabia’s multiple challenges.

  • A Decade Misunderstood
    • February 10, 2017

    A Decade Misunderstood

    In an interview, Salim Yaqub discusses his most recent book, on U.S. policy in the Middle East during the 1970s.

  • Conscience with a Camera
    • January 09, 2017

    Conscience with a Camera

    In an interview, renowned photographer Don McCullin looks back on his career and memories from the Middle East.

  • Holiday Asides
    • December 22, 2016

    Holiday Asides

    As 2016 comes to a close, Diwan offers recommendations for this period of relative rest.

  • Where Worst is an Option
    • December 16, 2016

    Where Worst is an Option

    In an interview, Carnegie’s Farea al-Muslimi outlines the deadly dynamics at play in Yemen.

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