Despite widespread assumptions that the Gulf is an island of stability in the Arab world, the new Gulf is in fact dynamic and is seeing a sea change in informal politics and methods of activism. To discuss the new trends in youth, women, and Islamist activists, Carnegie and POMED invited Kristin Smith Diwan, Assistant Professor of Comparative and Regional Studies at the American University School of International Service; Jane Kinninmont, senior research fellow in the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House; and Ahmed al Omran, Saudi blogger and writer for the Riyadh Bureau, to join a panel moderated by Stephen McInerney, Executive Director of POMED.