Arab News panel to probe Middle East’s image abroad

Arab News panel to probe Middle East’s image abroad
The panel will be moderated by Faisal J. Abbas, editor in chief of Arab News (top left). Speakers will include (clockwise from top right): Hadley Gamble, Nathan Tek and Mark Donfried.
Updated 01 May 2017

Arab News panel to probe Middle East’s image abroad

Arab News panel to probe Middle East’s image abroad

DUBAI: How is the Arab world perceived in the West? Does it have an image problem? And what, if anything, can be done about it?
These questions will all be addressed at an Arab News panel discussion to be held on the second day of the Arab Media Forum (AMF) in Dubai.
“The Arab Image in the West” discussion, starting at 11.30 a.m. on Tuesday, will feature three international speakers and be moderated by Faisal J. Abbas, editor in chief of Arab News.
Nathan Tek, US State Department spokesman in the Middle East, will join the panel. Tek has held a series of diplomatic positions, including press attache at the US Embassy in Qatar, and consul at the US Embassy in Tripoli. The Arabic-language spokesman studied political science and international relations at Yale University.
Hadley Gamble, a reporter and an anchor for CNBC covering the Middle East, Africa and US politics, will also speak as part of the Arab News event. Gamble has interviewed numerous world leaders, international CEOs and philanthropists, including King Abdullah of Jordan and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
Mark Donfried, director of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, will also join the panel discussion. Donfried gained a BA in modern European history and French from Columbia University in 2000, during which he wrote his senior thesis on “The Haj and Europe in the 20th Century.” The following year, he founded the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD), which has grown to become one of Europe’s largest independent cultural exchange organizations.
A report titled “The Arab Image in the US” will also be unveiled at the event. It is based on an exclusive survey of how the American public views the Arab world, conducted in partnership between Arab News, the Dubai Press Club (DPC) and research and polling specialist YouGov.