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 to the governments of the U.S. and its allies, and to their counterterrorism officials, law enforcement agencies, militaries, and other authorities. In this way, we assist them in tackling threats and fighting extremism. We also work with news organizations and media to inform their understanding of the complexities of issues and developments in all these countries, and our research serves as a valuable resource for academia worldwide. 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, Hebrew, and Portuguese. For an overview of the reach of MEMRI's research, click here.

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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

Gen (Ret.) Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr.

Former Commander of the United States Central Command and current Executive Director of the University of South Florida’s Global and National Security Institute as well as of the Florida Center for Cybersecurity, also known as Cyber Florida

James Woolsey

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

Jose Maria Aznar

Former Prime Minister of Spain.


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

John Ashcroft

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

Stuart Eizenstat

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Former chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel and current Honorary Member of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency

Alan Dershowitz

Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School

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

William Bennett

Former U.S. Secretary of Education

Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Deepinder Singh

Decorated major-general in the Indian army

Paul Bremer

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

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

Josef Joffe

Publisher of Die Zeit