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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  • Their Suicide Pact
    • May 12, 2021

    Their Suicide Pact

    Gebran Bassil and Saad al-Hariri have existential political fears, but their stubbornness could undermine their ambitions.

  • Why Beirut Beckons
    • April 27, 2021

    Why Beirut Beckons

    Might the Arab states hand Lebanon over to Syria as compensation for distancing itself from Iran?

  • Leaving Hezbollah Hanging
    • April 13, 2021

    Leaving Hezbollah Hanging

    In an interview, Frederic Hof recalls how Bashar al-Assad undercut the party’s position on the Shebaa Farms.

  • Can the Islamic Republic Change?
    • April 09, 2021

    Can the Islamic Republic Change?

    In an interview, Karim Sadjadpour outlines what a realistic U.S. policy toward Iran should look like.

  • The Shah’s Ride
    • April 07, 2021

    The Shah’s Ride

    In an interview, Ray Takeyh discusses his recent book on the reign of the late Mohammed Reza Pahlavi.

  • Michel Aoun and Saad Hariri Have Failed to Agree Over a New Government in Lebanon
    • March 23, 2021

    Michel Aoun and Saad Hariri Have Failed to Agree Over a New Government in Lebanon

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

  • When the Margin Calls
    • March 16, 2021

    When the Margin Calls

    In an interview, Hamza Meddeb discusses the 2020 protests in the impoverished Tunisian region of Tataouine.

  • Message in a Battle
    • March 03, 2021

    Message in a Battle

    Is Hezbollah undermining its resistance by failing to address Lebanon’s many crises, as the late Anis Naccash implied?

  • Dreaming of an American Caliphate
    • March 02, 2021

    Dreaming of an American Caliphate

    In an interview, Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens discusses a new book on Islamic State attacks in the United States.

  • Last Tango in Beirut?
    • February 25, 2021

    Last Tango in Beirut?

    Saad al-Hariri’s wager on a Sunni-Shi‘a partnership in the next phase is no less risky than was his alliance with Michel Aoun.

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