On June 14, my university’s college of communication will be hosting a forum in Abu Dhabi that will examine the impact of traditional and new media on the Arab world. My college and our partners, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, have gathered an impressive array of speakers lined up for interesting discussions in a panel format. Click here to see the program. I’ll be moderating the evening panel which will feature Mishaal al Gergawi, the Gulf News columnist; Dr. Shadi Hamid, of the Brookings Center in Doha; Caroline Faraj, a journalist with CNN Arabic; and Najib Bencherif, a senior editor with the Al Arabiya news network. How’s that for an interesting panel?

We’ll discuss the dynamic state of Arab journalism and the role that new media plays in that flux. I plan to use this video from Sultan Al Qassemi in which he discusses the trinity of forces — governments, media owners, and businesses — that work to keep journalism constrained in the Arab world. We’ll also discuss whether Western-style journalism can work in the Middle East. And, if not, then what should Arab journalism look like?

Should be an interesting conversation. Please join us. If you plan to attend, send an email to gulf@kas.de.