Maha Yahya

Director
Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center
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Yahya is director of the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center, where her research focuses on citizenship, pluralism, and social justice in the aftermath of the Arab uprisings.
 

Education

PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
PhD, Architectural Association School of Architecture

Languages

Arabic; English

 

Maha Yahya is director of the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center, where her work focuses broadly on political violence and identity politics, pluralism, development and social justice after the Arab uprisings, the challenges of citizenship, and the political and socio-economic implications of the migration/refugee crisis.

Prior to joining Carnegie, Yahya led work on Participatory Development and Social Justice at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA). She was previously regional adviser on social and urban policies at UN-ESCWA and spearheaded strategic and inter-sectoral initiatives and policies in the Office of the Executive Secretary which addressed the challenges of democratic transitions in the Arab world. Yahya has also worked with the United Nations Development Program in Lebanon, where she was the director and principal author of The National Human Development Report 2008–2009: Toward a Citizen’s State. She was also the founder and editor of the MIT Electronic Journal of Middle East Studies

Yahya has worked with international organizations and in the private sector as a consultant on projects related to socioeconomic policy analysis, development policies, cultural heritage, poverty reduction, housing and community development, and postconflict reconstruction in various countries including Lebanon, Pakistan, Oman, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. She has served on a number of advisory boards including the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan Arab Region and the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies.

Yahya  is the author of numerous publications, including most recently Unheard Voices: What Syrian Refugees Need to Return Home (April 2018); The Summer of Our Discontent: Sects and Citizens in Lebanon and Iraq (June 2017); Great Expectations in Tunisia (March 2016); Refugees and the Making of an Arab Regional Disorder (November 2015); Towards Integrated Social Development Policies: A Conceptual Analysis (UN-ESCWA, 2004), co-editor of Secular Publicities: Visual practices and the Transformation of National Publics in the Middle East and South Asia (University of Michigan Press, 2010) and co-author of Promises of Spring: Citizenship and Civic Engagement in Democratic Transitions (UN-ESCWA, 2013). 

 

  • Fireside Chat: A New Politics of Axes in the Middle East?
    December 9, 2021 YouTube @CARNEGIEMENA عربي
    Fireside Chat: A New Politics of Axes in the Middle East?

    Join us on Thursday, December 9 from 16:30-17:15 EET for a fireside chat with Ghassan Salame and Maha Yahya.

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  • Navigating a Turbulent Future: What to Expect in 2022?
    December 9, 2021 Live on YouTube and Facebook عربي
    Navigating a Turbulent Future? What to Expect in 2022

    The Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center will be holding its fifth annual conference on Wednesday, December 8, and Thursday, December 9, 2021, to delve deeper into what to expect in 2022.

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  • A Global Outlook: Issues That Matter
    December 8, 2021 YouTube @CARNEGIEMENA عربي
    A Global Outlook: Issues That Matter

    Join us for the opening session on Wednesday, December 8, from 15:15 until 16:00 Beirut time, to learn more about our new president and the issues he intends to focus on.

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  • In Conversation with Maha Yahya
    September 15, 2021 Zoom Webinar
    In Conversation with Maha Yahya

    On September 15, we hosted a very special India and the World webinar, titled 'In Conversation with Maha Yahya', on the Middle East's appreciation of changing geopolitics.

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  • Breaking the Israel-Palestine Status Quo
    April 29, 2021 YouTube and Facebook عربي
    Arabic launch | Breaking the Israel-Palestine Status Quo

    After decades of on and off negotiations and failed peace initiatives and as Israel continues to block the emergence of a sovereign and viable Palestinian state, it is time for a shift in U.S. policy toward Palestinian-Israeli peacemaking.

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  • The Next Frontier - Human Development and the Anthropocene
    April 20, 2021 Live on Zoom and Facebook عربي
    The Next Frontier - Human Development and the Anthropocene

    The Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center and UNDP invite you to the regional launch of the Human Development Report 2020 and a conversation to explore the implications of the report for the Arab states region.

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  • Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Arab Uprisings - Voices from the region: Lessons learned and prospects for the future
    April 7, 2021 Live on YouTube and Facebook عربي
    Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Arab Uprisings

    To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Arab uprisings, the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom are organizing a conference to examine the past decade and in particular the mistakes that were made along the way.

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  • Political Activism: The Classes of 2011 and 2019
    April 6, 2021 Live on YouTube and Facebook
    Political Activism: The Classes of 2011 and 2019

    To better understand where the region is headed, the panel discussion will host activists from both 2011 and 2019 to explore the driving forces behind the youth activists of today, the ways through which they choose to represent their political ideals, and how they wish to organize themselves.

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  • Unraveling the Conflict in Syria
    March 4, 2021 Live Online
    Unraveling the Conflict in Syria

    In 2012, as the conflict in Syria continued to smolder, President Barack Obama made clear that any use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime would constitute a “red line” for U.S. engagement. A decade later, the tangle of "heroes and villains” involved in that unprecedented effort is clearer.

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  • Where is the MENA Economy Headed? A Conversation with Jihad Azour
    February 18, 2021 Live on Facebook and YouTube عربي
    Where is the MENA Economy Headed? A Conversation with Jihad Azour

    In its latest Regional Economic Outlook update for the Middle East and North Africa, the International Monetary Fund is projecting growth of 3.1 percent for the MENA region in 2021, lower than any region worldwide and with significant disparities from country to country.

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