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 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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  • Foreigners Bearing  Gifts
    • August 18, 2020

    Foreigners Bearing Gifts

    Might growing regional and international involvement in Lebanon change power relations in the country?

  • A Controlled Comeback
    • July 29, 2020

    A Controlled Comeback

    In an interview, Armenak Tokmajyan discusses his recent paper on the Syrian regime’s return to the southern border area.

  • Hezbollah Has Tried to Infiltrate Combatants into Territory Controlled by Israel
    • July 28, 2020

    Hezbollah Has Tried to Infiltrate Combatants into Territory Controlled by Israel

    Spot analysis from Carnegie scholars on events relating to the Middle East and North Africa

  • The Lure of Regional Hegemony
    • July 27, 2020

    The Lure of Regional Hegemony

    In an interview, Soli Özel explains the multifaceted nature of Turkey’s ambitions in the Middle East and North Africa.

  • The Investigation That Wasn’t
    • July 16, 2020

    The Investigation That Wasn’t

    As a tribunal prepares to announce a verdict in Rafiq al-Hariri’s assassination, the United Nations has much to answer for.

  • Autopsy of a Collapse
    • July 01, 2020

    Autopsy of a Collapse

    In an interview, Mike Azar discusses Lebanon’s ongoing difficulties in reaching a consensus on a financial revival plan.

  • Punching Above Its Weight
    • June 29, 2020

    Punching Above Its Weight

    In an interview, Kristian Coates Ulrichsen explains what is behind the United Arab Emirates’ widening regional activism.

  • The Wages of Destruction
    • June 24, 2020

    The Wages of Destruction

    In an interview, Joseph Daher examines the multiple factors that have brought about the collapse of the Syrian economy.

  • Avoiding the Abyss
    • June 22, 2020

    Avoiding the Abyss

    Asserting the failure of Lebanon’s negotiations with the International Monetary Fund is premature.

  • Destroying Lebanon to Save It
    • June 11, 2020

    Destroying Lebanon to Save It

    Conservative Republicans have unveiled a report that could have terrible consequences for a country already facing ruin.

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