The Middle East and North Africa region has witnessed significant turmoil since the rise of the Arab Spring. As a beacon for freedom, innovation, and dialogue, the Regional Office Middle East and North Africa of Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF MENA) is offering a platform to communicate liberal thoughts. It is for the individuals who aspire to share their views on current events and issues in politics, economy, security, culture, etc. To amplify their voices, we have created the MENAPOL Blog through which the contributors can pitch, write, and publish their opinions.

MENAPOL, however, is not only a blog, but rather a platform where we also feature videos of experts and our own Project Directors commenting on the latest happenings and developments in their respective countries through our MENAPOL Questions. MENAPOL is a big part of our identity in the MENA region because it a free and reliable source of information and analysis regarding the developing situation on the political and economic levels.

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Meet our MENAPOL Blog Co-Editors

Luna Safwan
Luna Safwan is an independent Lebanese Journalist and communication specialist. She reported for several Pan Arab and International news outlets and has published work with several platforms, including The Washington Post, The Daily Telegraph, The National and the New Humanitarian. She has also worked on press freedom and freedom of expression, researched and documented media violence in the The Middle East and has been a lifelong advocate for the cause while covering the Arab spring with a special focus on Syria and Syrian refugees, in addition to uncovering stories on migrant workers and marginalized communities struggles in both Palestinian and Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon.
Yara Asmar
Yara Asmar is the Regional Strategy Manager at FNF MENA. She is specialized in the fields of Middle Eastern studies and party politics. She is a researcher on Iran and social movements. She published a study in 2018 on regime change and contentious politics in Iran. Yara holds a BA in Communication Arts and Journalism from Notre Dame University- Lebanon and an MA in International Relations from the Central European University – Budapest where she graduated 2018. Yara Asmar started her adventure with Friedrich Naumann Foundation in 2014 at the Beirut based office.