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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  • Message in a Battle
    • March 03, 2021

    Message in a Battle

    Is Hezbollah undermining its resistance by failing to address Lebanon’s many crises, as the late Anis Naccash implied?

  • Dreaming of an American Caliphate
    • March 02, 2021

    Dreaming of an American Caliphate

    In an interview, Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens discusses a new book on Islamic State attacks in the United States.

  • Last Tango in Beirut?
    • February 25, 2021

    Last Tango in Beirut?

    Saad al-Hariri’s wager on a Sunni-Shi‘a partnership in the next phase is no less risky than was his alliance with Michel Aoun.

  • The Weapon of Memory
    • February 12, 2021

    The Weapon of Memory

    In an interview, Makram Rabah discusses his new book on the Druze-Maronite conflict in Lebanon’s civil war.

  • Real to Reel
    • February 05, 2021

    Real to Reel

    In an interview, German filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff recalls the movie he shot in Lebanon at the height of its civil war.

  • Coping With the Coronavirus
    • February 02, 2021

    Coping With the Coronavirus

    In an interview, Salim Adib discusses Lebanon’s management of Covid-19, and expresses some hope for the future.

  • Colluding  With the Corrupters
    • January 29, 2021

    Colluding With the Corrupters

    In an interview, David Linfield argues that international donors are benefiting existing power structures in the Middle East.

  • Dead Certainties
    • January 20, 2021

    Dead Certainties

    As the Biden administration enters office, several assumptions about the Middle East will have to be abandoned.

  • Off Her Majesty’s Secret Service
    • January 12, 2021

    Off Her Majesty’s Secret Service

    In an interview, Sylvie Braibant discusses the late Soviet double-agent George Blake’s ties with the Middle East.

  • What Will Carnegie Middle East Scholars Be Focused on in 2021?
    • January 07, 2021

    What Will Carnegie Middle East Scholars Be Focused on in 2021?

    A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.

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