Arab International Media (AIM) seeks to develop closer links between the media in the Arab and the non-Arab world. The group does so by developing a better understanding of current issues. This includes developing a greater shared awareness of the constraints and culture within which the international media operates.
AIM is led by Caroline Thomson, Chair of UK Digital and former Chief Operating Officer of the BBC. She succeeded her late father Lord Thomson, a former British Foreign Minister and European Commissioner.
AIM is guided by an advisory board comprising senior figures from the worlds of media and diplomacy.
Supporters of AIM come from the media sector, academic institutions focusing on media and journalism, and additionally government and diplomatic bodies.
AIM has run a number of workshops in Sharjah, UAE, the House of Lords, UK and Doha and Qatar. AIM is now building discussions to investigate social media developments. This will take account of the problems facing the Arab media including the limited access to information, the need for technological advances and censorship.
AIM undertakes independent and comparative studies examining how new media is being used across the Middle East.