A Decade of Turmoil and Hope
An Expat's Writings on Lebanon and the Arab World (2000-2012)
A Decade of Turmoil and Hope is the latest book by Wissam S. Yafi covering his native Lebanon and the Arab region. In this book, Yafi shares with his readers personal narrative from an expat's perspective, chronicling Lebanon's re-mergence after its civil war, its geopolitical victories, and its looming socio-economic crisis. His commentary then moves to the regional level with the United States' invasion of Iraq. Notwithstanding the Iraqi human tragedy, Yafi would become among the first to voice hope for regional change. This would soon be proven as Lebanon, emboldened by regional seismic shifts, saw its people demand freedom. And while it would come at a hefty cost, as Yafi argues, the Cedar Revolution would ultimately prove to be one of the primary pollinating factors for the Arab spring, giving hope to millions of people all over the region.
Wissam S. Yafi was born and raised in Lebanon. He obtained economic development expertise and training from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government having studied under Jeffrey Sachs and Dany Rodrik. He has been writing on subjects ranging from Middle East politics to economics, to technology policy and has published Op-Eds in the Middle East through newspapers and outlets such as The Daily Star and Al Jazeera.
A technologist by trade, Mr. Yafi has travelled extensively- and within the Middle East and North Africa region from the Mashreq to the Maghreb giving him the opportunity to meet leaders, policy makers, academicians, religious figures, and citizens at large. A field comparative study conducted for Harvard University on the MENA region gave him deeper insight into the regional needs and wants, while matching it with constraints and realities. The study received recognition at the Kennedy School of Government's Center for International Development. More recently and running an E-learning organization helping governments, non-profits, and businesses around the world reach their audiences has also allowed Wissam to live extensively in Latin America and travel around Africa, Europe and South Asia.
Mr. Yafi's first published book, Inevitable Democracy in the Arab World: New Realities in an Ancient Land, was published by Palgrave MacMillan and received acclaim. Mr. Yafi has been invited to lecture about democracy, the Arab World, and the role technology is playing in the developing world and the Middle East at venues such as Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Stanford, Carnegie Endowment for Peace, Georgetown, George Mason, and other venues.