Where are those voices in the Arab world that called so compellingly for change and spurred the 2011 uprisings that swept across the region? Which spaces are they using for expression as governments crack down on street protests, civil society, and media?

The Carnegie Endowment hosted a lunch discussion about trends in social activism and media featuring journalists Michael Young (Lebanon), Lilia Weslaty (Tunisia), and Abdelrahman Mansour (Egypt). Carnegie Vice President Marwan Muasher moderated.

The occasion for this discussion is the launch of Carnegie’s new Middle East blog, Diwan, edited by Michael Young. Diwan offers analysis on current developments in the region by Carnegie scholars, as well as interviews, videos, reviews, and infographics.

Abdelrahman Mansour

Abdelrahman Mansour is an Egyptian activist, journalist, and a current visiting scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Lilia Weslaty

Lilia Weslaty is a Tunisian journalist and blogger.

Michael Young

Michael Young is the editor of Diwan and a senior editor at the Carnegie Middle East Center.  He previously served as opinion editor and columnist for the Daily Star in Lebanon.

Marwan Muasher

Marwan Muasher is vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.