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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  • 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.

  • More Power to Putin
    • June 10, 2020

    More Power to Putin

    In an interview, Anton Mardasov discusses rising Russian influence in Syria and where this might lead.

  • No Easy Sailing
    • June 08, 2020

    No Easy Sailing

    In an interview, Amer Bisat says a consensus is emerging that an IMF plan is Lebanon’s only way of securing foreign funding.

  • Haftar and the Tribes
    • May 28, 2020

    Haftar and the Tribes

    In an interview, Alison Pargeter discusses the calculations of Libya’s tribes and their impact on the struggle for power.

  • What Margin Do Lebanon's Politicians Have to Avoid the Conditions of an IMF Bailout Plan?
    • May 21, 2020

    What Margin Do Lebanon's Politicians Have to Avoid the Conditions of an IMF Bailout Plan?

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

  • A Gathering Storm in Syria’s Volatile Southwest?
    • May 19, 2020

    A Gathering Storm in Syria’s Volatile Southwest?

    In an interview, Armenak Tokmajyan explains why Israel and Jordan are closely watching developments in Der‘a.

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