David Kenner is exploring the economic changes underway in Saudi Arabia. He is focusing on how the new generation of Saudis is adapting to that change, and its members’ hopes for the years ahead. David has reported widely from across the Middle East for more than a decade. He was Foreign Policy‘s Middle East editor from 2013 until 2018, when he guided the magazine’s regional coverage while based in Egypt and Lebanon. A lifelong student of Arabic, David is a graduate of Georgetown University, and also attended the American University of Beirut. He is particularly interested in how American values and interests intersect with Middle Eastern politics.
Dispatches from David Kenner
Exodus from LebanonAs the country’s best and brightest flee, those who remain are finding it even more difficult to pick up the pieces.
The struggle to keep Lebanon healthyBeirut’s largest public hospital long embodied all the country’s institutional failures. Now it’s leading the Covid-19 response.
Saudi Arabia’s coffee crazeCafés are at the forefront of social change in the kingdom, but entrepreneurs still face big obstacles.