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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  • Behavior Change
    • October 20, 2021

    Behavior Change

    In an interview, Joe Macaron examines the specifics of the shifting U.S. attitude toward the Middle East

  • An Investigation in Lebanon Has Led to Armed Clashes Reminiscent of the Civil War
    • October 15, 2021

    An Investigation in Lebanon Has Led to Armed Clashes Reminiscent of the Civil War

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

  • Kingdom Come
    • October 12, 2021

    Kingdom Come

    Saudi Arabia’s refusal to deal with Lebanon represents a political opportunity cost in its rivalry with Iran.

  • Requiem for a Spy
    • October 11, 2021

    Requiem for a Spy

    In an interview, author James Hanning discusses his new book on the spy Kim Philby’s years in Beirut.

  • Only a Matter of Time
    • October 05, 2021

    Only a Matter of Time

    In an interview, Kheder Khaddour discusses the likely outcomes in Syria’s northwest, where Russian and Turkish aims clash.

  • Pivoting Away From America
    • October 04, 2021

    Pivoting Away From America

    Regional and international actors are accumulating cards to engage in a new Middle Eastern power game.

  • Opportunism With Limitations
    • September 28, 2021

    Opportunism With Limitations

    In an interview, Andrew S. Weiss and Frederic Wehrey discuss Russian policy in the Middle East and North Africa.

  • An Unlikely Savior
    • September 20, 2021

    An Unlikely Savior

    After spending decades deriding the post-Taif constitution, Michel Aoun has just shown Maronites its merits.

  • Why Kabul Has an Echo in Idlib
    • September 17, 2021

    Why Kabul Has an Echo in Idlib

    In an interview, Azzam al-Kassir discusses Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham and what explains its pragmatism in a time of change.

  • Najib Mikati Has Formed a New Lebanese Government
    • September 10, 2021

    Najib Mikati Has Formed a New Lebanese Government

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

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