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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  • A Rough Patch
    • February 27, 2017

    A Rough Patch

    In an interview, Princeton University’s Bernard Haykel discusses Saudi Arabia’s multiple challenges.

  • A Decade Misunderstood
    • February 10, 2017

    A Decade Misunderstood

    In an interview, Salim Yaqub discusses his most recent book, on U.S. policy in the Middle East during the 1970s.

  • Conscience with a Camera
    • January 09, 2017

    Conscience with a Camera

    In an interview, renowned photographer Don McCullin looks back on his career and memories from the Middle East.

  • Holiday Asides
    • December 22, 2016

    Holiday Asides

    As 2016 comes to a close, Diwan offers recommendations for this period of relative rest.

  • Where Worst is an Option
    • December 16, 2016

    Where Worst is an Option

    In an interview, Carnegie’s Farea al-Muslimi outlines the deadly dynamics at play in Yemen.

  • Buying into Tunisian Reform
    • November 29, 2016

    Buying into Tunisian Reform

    The public needs to be included for investment to produce economic, political, and social benefits.

  • Supple Salafis
    • November 24, 2016

    Supple Salafis

    In an interview, Stéphane Lacroix talks about his recent Carnegie paper on Egypt’s Hizb al-Nour

  • Bleak House
    • November 11, 2016

    Bleak House

    In an interview, academic and activist Ziad Majed examines the destructive dynamics across the Middle East.

  • Justice Delayed, Justice Denied
    • October 27, 2016

    Justice Delayed, Justice Denied

    In an interview, Detlev Mehlis reflects on international justice and his own experience as head of the Hariri assassination investigation.

  • Turban versus Crown
    • October 07, 2016

    Turban versus Crown

    Carnegie's Karim Sadjadpour argues that the Saudi-Iranian rivalry in the Middle East is becoming increasingly hard-edged.

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