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Exploring the Middle East and South Asia through their media, MEMRI bridges the language gap between the West and the Middle East and South Asia, providing timely translations of Arabic, Farsi, Urdu-Pashtu, Dari, Turkish, Russian, and Chinese media, as well as original analysis of political, ideological, intellectual, social, cultural, and religious trends. Founded in February 1998 to inform the debate over U.S. policy in the Middle East, MEMRI is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization. MEMRI's main office is located in Washington, DC, with branch offices in various world capitals. MEMRI research is translated into English, French, Polish, Japanese, Russian, Spanish and Hebrew. For an overview of the reach of MEMRI's research, click here.

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Leadership

The MEMRI Board of Advisors and Board of Directors include distinguished figures from government, media, law and academia from around the world. Among them are former prime ministers, attorneys-generals, justice ministers, legal and counterterrorism experts, and recipients of the most prestigious awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the United States Congressional Gold Medal. Members of the MEMRI Board of Advisors are bipartisan and have honorably served Presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump.

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Board of Advisors

GEN (Ret.) Michael V. Hayden

Four-star Air Force general, and former NSA Director and CIA Director

GEN (Ret.) Keith Alexander

Founder and CEO of IronNet Cybersecurity, four-star Army general, first U.S. Cyber Command cmdr, and fmr NSA Director and Central Security Service Chief

Marine Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Vincent Stewart

Former Deputy Commander of the U.S. Cyber Command and former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Former U.S. Representative (R-FL), chair House Foreign Affairs Cmte and Subcmte on Middle East and North Africa, member House Permanent Select Cmte on Intelligence

James Woolsey

Former Director of the CIA and former Under-Secretary of the U.S. Navy

Jose Maria Aznar

Former Prime Minister of Spain.

BRIG. GEN. (RET.) GUY "TOM" COSENTINO

Former U.S. Army Dep. Dir. for Pol & Mil Affairs; Chief of Strategy, Plans & Assessments for Multi-Nat’l Security Transition Cmd in Iraq; and 28th Commandant of National War College

Heino Klinck

Former Department Of Defense Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asia and former Director of Army International Affairs

Ehud Barak

Former Prime Minister of Israel

Irwin Cotler

Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Special Envoy on Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism

Peter Hoekstra

U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands, former Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and nine-term member of the House of Representatives

John Ashcroft

Former U.S. Attorney General and U.S. Senator (MO)

Paul Bremer

Former U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands, former Director of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance in Iraq

Stuart Eizenstat

Former U.S. Ambassador to the E.U. and current State Department Special Adviser on Holocaust Issues

William Bennett

Former U.S. Secretary of Education

Imam Hassen Chalghoumi

Imam of the Drancy mosque, Paris, Founder and President of the Conference of Imams of France

Stephen J. Trachtenberg

President Emeritus and University Professor of Public Service at George Washington University

Ambassador Adrienne S. O'Neal

Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Cape Verde, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal, and Consul General in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Christopher DeMuth

Distinguished Fellow at the Hudson Institute and former President of the American Enterprise Institute

Norman Podhoretz

Former editor-in-chief of Commentary magazine

Josef Joffe

Publisher of Die Zeit

Katrina Lantos Swett

Chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom; President of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice

Dorothy Denning

Distinguished Professor of Defense Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School

Douglas J. Feith

Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute; former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

John Poindexter

Former National Security Advisor and U.S. Navy Admiral

Chin Ho Lee

Former FBI Special Agent and Senior Executive of the Hyundai Corporation

M.K. Narayanan

Former Director of India’s Intelligence Bureau, former Indian National Security Advisor and Special Advisor to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Judge Ted Poe

Former U.S. Representative (R-TX), House Committee on Foreign Affairs and Committee on the Judiciary, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade

Henry A. Waxman

Former U.S. Representative (D-CA), Chair and Ranking Member of House Energy & Commerce Committee, chairman at Waxman Strategies

Steven Rothman

Former U.S. Representative (D-NJ), House Appropriations Subcommittees on Defense and Foreign Operations, proponent of Iron Dome and Arrow 2 & 3 missile defense systems.

Eliot Engel

Former U.S. Representative (D-NY) and chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee

Peter King

Former U.S. Representative (R-NY), Chair of House Homeland Security Cmte, Chair of Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intel, member House Permanent Select Cmte on Intel

Dr. Anne Speckhard

Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University in the School of Medicine and of Security Studies in the School of Foreign Service

Rohan Gunaratna

Prof of Security Studies at S. Rajaratnam School of Int’l Studies, Nanyang Technology University, and Head of Int’l Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, Singapore

Amb. Husain Haqqani

Former Pakistan Ambassador to the U.S. and a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute

Silvestre Reyes

Former U.S. Representative (D-TX) and chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Father Patrick Desbois

Head of the French Bishops Conference’s Commission for Relations with Judaism, advisor to the Vatican, and president of Yahad-In Unum

Natan Sharansky

Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel

Deborah Lipstadt

State Department Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism and Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University

Alan Dershowitz

Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School

Newt Gingrich

Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (R-GA)

Loretta Sanchez

Former U.S. Representative (D-CA), member of Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees

Dr. Elham Manea

Associate Professor, Institute for Political Science, University of Zurich, and Co-Chair of the Inclusive Mosque Initiative (Swiss Branch)

Yehuda Bauer

Former Director of the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem

Magdi Khalil

Human rights activist and Executive Editor of the Egyptian weekly Watani International

Dame Louise Ellman DBE

Former longtime British Labour party MP

Alfred Moses

Former U.S. Ambassador to Romania

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Deepinder Singh

Decorated major-general in the Indian army

Peter Roskam

Former U.S. Representative (R-IL) and chair of three subcommittees of the House Ways and Means Committee

Carlos Curbelo

Former U.S. Representative (R-FL), member of House Ways and Means Committee

Mort Zuckerman

Chairman and editor-in-chief, U.S. News & World Report

Jana Hybaskova

Former Member of the European Parliament and Ambassador of the European Union in Iraq

Dr. Jeffrey Gedmin

Senior Fellow at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and Co-Director of the Transatlantic Renewal Project at the World Affairs Institute and Journal

Anthony Julius

British lawyer who successfully defended historian Deborah Lipstadt in the libel case of Holocaust denier David Irving