Writer and political analyst

He began his career in journalism in 1973 with the Beirut-based An-Nahar daily. He studied at the Lebanese University, where he received degrees in history and media studies. In 1979, he went to Paris to pursue his studies in media. He was assigned by the An-Nahar al-Dawli wal Arabi magazine in 1980 to cover the Russian invasion of Afghanistan. At the end of 1988, he joined the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper of which he became Deputy Editor-in-Chief. During that period, he was one of the newspaper's commentators and analysts.