Until early September, Bassem Nemeh was a research assistant at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, where he focused mainly on economic issues, particularly those relating to the Syrian refugee crisis. Most recently, Nemeh wrote a Diwan article on the economic repercussions for Lebanon of the ongoing war in Syria, titled “Precarious Republic.” This followed from an article he had written last March on the economic impact of the refugees for Jordan, titled “Jordan’s Burden.” Nemeh, himself a Jordanian national, will soon be leaving Carnegie for London. He sat down with Diwan in late August to examine more closely what he had discussed in his articles on Lebanon and Jordan.