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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  • Colluding  With the Corrupters
    • January 29, 2021

    Colluding With the Corrupters

    In an interview, David Linfield argues that international donors are benefiting existing power structures in the Middle East.

  • Dead Certainties
    • January 20, 2021

    Dead Certainties

    As the Biden administration enters office, several assumptions about the Middle East will have to be abandoned.

  • Off Her Majesty’s Secret Service
    • January 12, 2021

    Off Her Majesty’s Secret Service

    In an interview, Sylvie Braibant discusses the late Soviet double-agent George Blake’s ties with the Middle East.

  • What Will Carnegie Middle East Scholars Be Focused on in 2021?
    • January 07, 2021

    What Will Carnegie Middle East Scholars Be Focused on in 2021?

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

  • Tournament of Shadows
    • December 16, 2020

    Tournament of Shadows

    In an interview, Arash Azizi discusses his new biography of Qassem Suleimani and Iran’s challenges in the Middle East.

  • Return to Gender
    • December 11, 2020

    Return to Gender

    In an interview, Cornelius Adebahr and Barbara Mittelhammer talk about a feminist EU foreign policy toward Iran.

  • Medicine on the Margins
    • December 10, 2020

    Medicine on the Margins

    In an interview, Sherif Mohyeldeen discusses the challenges of healthcare in Egypt’s border areas.

  • Will the Middle East Remain Habitable?
    • November 19, 2020

    Will the Middle East Remain Habitable?

    In an interview, Olivia Lazard discusses the political impact of environmental degradation in the region.

  • An Indispensible Diaspora
    • November 18, 2020

    An Indispensible Diaspora

    In an interview, Sevak Khatchadorian discusses how Armenians in the Arab world reacted to the Nagorno-Karabakh war.

  • Coming Up for Air
    • November 16, 2020

    Coming Up for Air

    A Biden administration may bring crisis-ridden Lebanon a reprieve, even if some things will remain the same.

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