The Carnegie Middle East Center and Middle East Program are pleased to announce the launch of Diwan, the new Carnegie blog featuring timely analysis on the region’s most pressing issues. With the Arab world and the wider region in ferment, Diwan will present in-depth and accessible analysis in both English and Arabic. It will also serve to highlight Carnegie research, as well as offer a platform for interviews, videos, reviews, infographics, and more. Drawing on a large group of Carnegie Middle East experts, Diwan will respond to the increasingly fast-paced events of the day from a region that is in the headlines on a daily basis. 

Carnegie Middle East Center organized that discussed the changing nature of news dissemination and information consumption. As people access and interact with information with unprecedented ease, how does this affect media, news, activism and policy? Bloggers Issander El-Amrani (The Arabist), Mahmoud Salem (Rantings Of A Sandmonkey), Karl Sharro (@KarlreMarks) and Doaa Sultan (+18) joined Carnegie’s Michael Young and Maha Yahya to discuss these topics as well as their own experiences in social media. 


Issandr El Amrani

Issander El Amrani is a writer and analyst on Middle Eastern affairs. He publishes The Arabist blog.

Mahmoud Salem

Mahmoud Salem is a political activist, writer, and social media consultant. His writings can be found at Rantings of a Sandmonkey and he tweets as @sandmonkey.

Karl Sharro

Karl Sharro is an architect, writer, and commentator on the Middle East. He blogs and tweets as @KarlreMarks.

Doaa Sultan

Doaa Sultanis an Egyptian journalist and editor-in-chief of the independent online media site +18 (and you are free).

Michael Young

Michael Young is senior editor at Carnegie Middle East Center, and editor of Carnegie’s Diwan blog.


Maha Yahya

Maha Yahya is senior associate and director of Carnegie Middle East Center.