Michael Young

Editor, Diwan
Senior Editor, Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center

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

Michael Young is a senior editor at the Malcolm H. Kerr 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 newspaper in Lebanon. He writes a biweekly commentary for the National (Abu Dhabi) 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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  • Why the Middle East  Gets Putin
    • June 15, 2022

    Why the Middle East Gets Putin

    Watching the Ukraine conflict, Middle Eastern leaders see the Russian president has approached matters in the same way as they would.

  • The Impending Void
    • May 30, 2022

    The Impending Void

    There is no consensus on Lebanon’s next president, and the country is likely to soon enter a long period of stalemate.

  • North by Northwest by Northeast
    • May 10, 2022

    North by Northwest by Northeast

    In an interview, Armenak Tokmajyan looks at the complexities characterizing Syria’s border with Turkey.

  • Past Imperfect
    • May 05, 2022

    Past Imperfect

    A posthumously published memoir by Fouad Ajami shows that the author never truly broke with Lebanon.

  • Breaking Bad in Basra
    • May 03, 2022

    Breaking Bad in Basra

    In an interview, Harith Hasan discusses how environmental degradation has affected sociopolitical stability in southern Iraq.

  • Why the Kingdom Came
    • April 29, 2022

    Why the Kingdom Came

    Renewed Saudi political activity in Lebanon may signal the emergence of an alignment that aims to preserve ties with the Arab states.

  • A Revolutionary Identity
    • April 19, 2022

    A Revolutionary Identity

    In an interview, Karim Sadjadpour discusses Iran’s grand strategy, the Vienna nuclear negotiations, and more.

  • Finally, Some Movement in  Yemen?
    • April 12, 2022

    Finally, Some Movement in Yemen?

    In an interview, Ahmed Nagi explains what the establishment of a Presidential Council last week means for the future.

  • The Mirage of Liberal Internationalism
    • April 11, 2022

    The Mirage of Liberal Internationalism

    Very different Western reactions to the suffering in Ukraine and the Arab world show that there is a profound rift among cultures.

  • Foreign  Policy and the Ayatollahs
    • April 08, 2022

    Foreign Policy and the Ayatollahs

    In an interview, Alex Vatanka discusses his book on how the Khamenei-Rafsanjani relationship shaped post-revolution Iran.

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