About

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Eye on the East is a blog about history, politics, society and culture of Lebanon and the Arab World by Marina Chamma. Starting her political science studies at Sophia University in Tokyo, obtaining her B.A. in Political Science from the American University of Beirut (AUB) and M.Sc. in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics (LSE), Marina has somehow ended up working in the financial and economic fields since 2003. Yet her interest in everything not related to reserve requirements and GDP has been maintained in parallel and deepened in the process. And with her interest in what moves and shakes the Middle East and Arab world and her passion for the art of writing, she decided to start posting Facebook notes on a variety of subjects uniting and dividing the region at the outset of the Arab uprisings in 2011, which provided the foundations for this blog. You can find all the original notes in the Archives (from February – June 2011).

More recently, Marina has been featured in a variety of print and online news portals and is a regular contributor to Your Middle East. Eye on the East was also one of 10 finalists in Lebanon’s first ever 2013 Social Media Awards in the Best Personal Blog category.

Marina has her Eye on the East, following the news with a touch of sarcasm and a sprinkle of poetry, to encourage debate and shed light on issues that matter to Lebanon and the region, in the midst of change … so that nothing is left unsaid.

Disclaimer: It goes without saying, but should be said, that the opinions expressed on this blog are strictly that of the author of Eye on the East. Opinions do not represent those of any institution or organization the author has, is currently or will be affiliated with in the future, either on a professional or personal basis. Eye on the East is not responsible for comments by readers and opinions of guest writers, which do not necessarily represent those of Eye on the East. If still in doubt, there is only one way to find out.