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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  • 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.

  • A Fatal Life
    • September 09, 2021

    A Fatal Life

    In an interview on the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Peter Bergen discusses his new biography of Osama bin Laden.

  • Autonomy Minus a Strategy
    • September 07, 2021

    Autonomy Minus a Strategy

    In an interview, Rosa Balfour discusses European tensions with the United States over the chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal.

  • Gone Boys
    • August 30, 2021

    Gone Boys

    Far from being exceptions, botched American withdrawals have tended to be the rule in the broader Middle East.

  • Tehran’s Achilles Heel?
    • August 24, 2021

    Tehran’s Achilles Heel?

    In an interview, Fatemeh Aman discusses how ongoing developments in Afghanistan might affect neighboring Iran.

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