main projects & archives
MEMRI allows free access to its archives of over 8,000 reports from its Special Dispatch, Inquiry & Analysis, MEMRI Daily Brief, Special Report, Special Alerts, and Special Announcement series (click here to access all MEMRI.org series), as well as to the MEMRI TV Project archives, comprising nearly 7,000 translated clips from the Arab and Muslim world (click here to access all MEMRI TV clips).MEMRI's main projects include:
This project provides research about Islamist ideology and Islamist organizations that threaten the West, and also monitors groups that educate and preach jihad and martyrdom in mosques, school systems, and the media.
This project monitors advocates of reform in the Arab and Muslim world, and the obstacles that they face in advancing their cause. The goal of this project is to provide reformists with a platform from which they can reach out to their societies and to religious, political, and educational leaders while also providing Western policy makers with a solid basis for long-term strategic plans aimed at supporting this effort.
The Antisemitism Documentation Project documents antisemitic themes in Arabic, Farsi, Urdu-Pashtu, and Turkish newspaper reports, editorials, and other media sources. This project maintains the largest archive in the world of translated material from the Middle East from the past decade. In 2009, MEMRI, in conjunction with The Lantos Foundation for Human Rights, dedicated the Lantos Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial Archives, which will be the repository of MEMRI's Antisemitism Documentation Project.
The MEMRI TV Project, founded in 2004, has produced over 6,500 translated clips, comprising hundreds of hours of content, that have had over 100 million views online. MEMRI TV monitors over 100 channels from the Arab and Muslim world, and its clips are viewed in 197 countries.
This project is vital to understanding the South Asian region that includes Pakistan and Afghanistan. Initially launched as the Urdu-Pashtu Media Project in January 2008, it was expanded as MEMRI's South Asia Studies Project in 2010. Since its inception, it has published reports and in-depth analytical research papers tracking and analyzing trends in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. The themes covered have included cultural and religious freedom, terrorism, and emerging threats to international security; all are of significant value to the international counterterrorism community.
The 9/11 Documentation Project website is dedicated to the ideological roots of the attack. The website includes primary source material from the Arab and Islamic printed and electronic media, as well as from TV channels and other types of content published elsewhere. MEMRI already possesses the most extensive archives on these subjects, which it has accumulated over the past decade. Among the subjects included in this website's archives are written documents from Al-Qaeda and affiliate organizations, speeches and interviews by leaders of Al-Qaeda and affiliate organizations, wills and statements of the 9/11 perpetrators and their colleagues, and recruitment and indoctrination material of these organizations. The project also documents ongoing efforts to deny responsibility for 9/11 and to attribute it to others, through various conspiracy theories.
This project is the only research project in the world that monitors, studies, and translates materials from the Iranian media on a day-to-day basis. The project, which is headed by native-born Iranians, has produced hundreds of hours of translations from Iran's most important media outlets and websites, including over 40 newspapers and more than 16 TV channels, as well as hundreds of original analyses on issues of vital importance, such as Iran's pursuit of nuclear capability, the growth of the Iranian military, speeches by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the increasing influence of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), political unrest in Iran, Friday sermons from Iranian leaders, and much more. The project also monitors liberals and reformists in Iran, including the Green Movement, advocates of women's rights and human rights, democracy, and other issues.
The MEMRI Cyber and Jihad Lab monitors, tracks, translates, and researches jihadi and other types of hacktivist groups and activity, including secular, emanating from the Middle East, Iran, and South Asia, and studies jihadis on social media and online, with a focus on their use of encryption and other technologies. It works with tech companies to help come up with solutions for dealing with jihadis and terrorists online, and with legislatures to help develop laws for tackling this phenomenon. It also assists the business community in matters of cyberattacks and cyber threats from these sources.
Launched in January 2016 to do for Russian media what MEMRI does for Arab, Iranian, Urdu-Pashtu, and other Middle East media, the MEMRI Russian Media Studies Project publishes translations from the Russian print and broadcast media, in addition to original analyses. The project reveals what Russian officials, media, commentators, think tanks, and others are saying about the U.S., the West, and NATO, and other topics, in the government, military, academia, media, and other institutions.
Board of directors and advisors
MEMRI's Board of Advisors and Directors comprises a group of distinguished figures in government, media, law and academia. Among them are former prime ministers; attorneys-general; justice ministers; leading 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. This group also includes former United States government officials, such as the director of the CIA; Secretary of the Navy; Director of Operations with the FBI; Ambassadors to the United Nations, Iraq, the European Union, and Romania; Secretary of Education; Deputy Defense Secretary; and head presidential counsel. Members of MEMRI's Board of Advisors are bipartisan and have honorably served Presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.
- The members of MEMRI's Board of Directors*
- Oliver "Buck" Revell: Chairman; Former FBI Executive Assistant Director (Investigations) in charge of Criminal Investigative, Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Intelligence programs; former Vice Chairman of the Interagency Group for Counterintelligence, former member of the Senior Review Group of the Vice-President's Task Force on Terrorism; and currently President of The Revell Group.
- Steve Emerson: Executive Director of The Investigative Project and known terrorism expert.
- Jeffrey Kaufman: A leading intellectual property lawyer with offices in the Washington, DC area.
- Robert Reilly: Former Senior Advisor at the Department of Defense and Chairman of the Committee for Western Civilization at the Claremont Institute.
- Michael Mukasey, Former U.S. Attorney General and Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
- The members of MEMRI's Board of Advisors
- Bernard Lewis, Professor of Near Eastern Studies Emeritus at Princeton University.
- GEN (Ret.) Michael V. Hayden, four-star Air Force general, and former NSA Director and CIA Director.
- Jose Maria Aznar, former Prime Minister of Spain.
- Stephen J. Trachtenberg, President Emeritus and University Professor of Public Service at George Washington University.
- GEN (Ret.) Keith Alexander, founder and CEO of IronNet Cybersecurity, four-star Army general, first commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, and former NSA Director and Central Security Service Chief.
- James Woolsey, Former Director of Central Intelligence Agency and Under-Secretary of the Navy.
- John Bolton, Former US Ambassador to the United Nations.
- John Ashcroft, Former US Attorney General and U.S. Senator (MO).
- Ehud Barak, Former Prime Minister of Israel.
- Irwin Cotler, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.
- Mort Zuckerman, Chairman and editor-in-chief, U.S. News & World Report.
- Chin Ho Lee, former FBI Special Agent and Senior Executive of the Hyundai Corporation.
- Peter Hoekstra, former Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and 9-term member of U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan.
- Dorothy Denning, Distinguished Professor of Defense Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School.
- Norman Podhoretz, Former editor-in-chief of Commentary Magazine.
- M.K. Narayanan, former Director of India's Intelligence Bureau and former Indian National Security Advisor and Special Advisor to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
- William Bennett, Former Secretary of Education.
- Christopher DeMuth, Former President, American Enterprise Institute.
- 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, Professor of Security Studies at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technology University, and Head of International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, Singapore.
- Paul Bremer, Former Ambassador to the Netherlands; former Director of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance in Iraq (de-factor governor).
- Katrina Lantos Swett, Chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom; President of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice
- Alfred Moses, Former Ambassador to Romania.
- Amb. Husain Haqqani, Former Pakistan Ambassador to the U.S., author, 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.
- Herb London, President Emeritus of the Hudson Institute.
- Stuart Eizenstat, former ambassador to the European Union.
- MAJ.-GEN. (Ret.) Deepinder Singh, ASVM, SM, and VSM, decorated major-general in the Indian army.
- Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University.
- Josef Joffe, Publisher of Die Zeit.
- Natan Sharansky, former Israeli Minister for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs, Minister without Portfolio.
- Jana Hybaskova, former Member of the European Parliament and Chairperson of the European Democrats Party (Czech Republic).
- Dr. Khaleel Mohammed, Professor of Religion at San Diego State University (SDSU) and faculty member of SDSU Center for Islamic and Arabic Studies.
- Imam Hassen Chalghoumi, French-Tunisian Imam of the Drancy mosque, Paris.
- Alan Dershowitz, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, author of 27 works as well as over 100 magazine and journal articles.
- 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.
- Yehuda Bauer, Former Director of the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem.
- Magdi Khalil, human rights activist and Executive Editor of the Egyptian weekly Watani International.
- Anthony Julius, British lawyer who successfully defended historian Deborah Lipstadt in the libel case of Holocaust denier David Irving.
- Faraj Sarkouhi, former editor of the Iranian literary monthly magazine Adineh.
- In Memoriam
- Elie Wiesel, Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom, the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal, and the Medal of Liberty Award.
- Dr. Shaker Al-Nabulsi, Jordanian writer and University Professor.
- Edgar Bronfman, Former president of the World Jewish Congress, and president of Distillers Corporation-Seagrams Ltd.
- Richard Holbrooke, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan; Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
- Jack Kemp, posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and former candidate for U.S. Vice President.
- Jeane Kirkpatrick, America's first woman ambassador to the United Nations.
- Irving Kristol, Recipient, Presidential Medal of Freedom, 2002 and Former managing editor of Commentary magazine.
- Lafif Lakhdar, Tunisian intellectual.
- James Q. Wilson, Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University.
- Max Kampelman, Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom; Former Ambassador to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe.
- Dr. Samuel Pisar, UNESCO Honorary Ambassador, Special Envoy for Holocaust Education and Polish-born Holocaust survivor.
- Lord George Weidenfeld, Former Vice-President, Oxford University Development Program.
- Dr. Khaled Fouad Allam, Algerian sociologist at the University of Trieste (Italy).
MEMRI's dedicated staff, of over 80 employees worldwide, works around the clock, translating from hundreds of Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Pashtu, Dari, Hindi, and Turkish, newspapers, magazines, television shows and websites. This staff includes people from all ethnic, religious, racial and socio-economic backgrounds.MEMRI's staff includes:
- Yigal Carmon*
Yigal Carmon is MEMRI's President and founder. Mr. Carmon is frequently relied upon by leading media sources and government officials as an authority on current developments in the Arab and Muslim world. Mr. Carmon has briefed governments worldwide on issues ranging from jihad and terrorism to reform in the Arab world. In the United States, Mr. Carmon has given testimony on Capitol Hill and conducted briefings before Congress as well as at the State Department, Pentagon, Department of Homeland Security, Justice Department, Library of Congress, FBI, National Security Council, and NYPD counterterrorism division, and is frequently interviewed on a variety of Western channels, as well as on Arab TV. Internationally, Mr. Carmon has briefed world bodies and leaders who use MEMRI research, including the European Union, the European Parliament, the U.K. Parliament, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Germany's Foreign Ministry, the Foreign Office of the German government, Russia's Interior Ministry, Sweden's parliament, NATO-affiliated groups, France's Interior Ministry, Norway's parliament, UNESCO, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Petra (Jordan) Conference of Nobel Laureates, the King Juan Carlos Terrorism Conference in Spain, and others. Mr. Carmon was formerly chief counterterrorism advisor to Israeli Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Yitzhak Shamir, and was a senior delegate to the 1991 Madrid Peace Conference. He left government service nearly two decades ago.
- Alberto M. Fernandez
Ambassador Alberto M. Fernandez is MEMRI Vice President. Amb. Fernandez served as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer from 1983 to 2015, and as the State Department's Coordinator for the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications from March 2012 to February 2015. From 2009-2012, he served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea; prior to that, he was U.S. Charge d'Affaires to the Republic of Sudan (June 2007-May 2009), Director for Near East Public Diplomacy (2005-2007), Director for Iraq Public Diplomacy (2004-2005) and in senior public diplomacy positions at the U.S. Embassies in Afghanistan, Jordan, Syria, and Guatemala. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor, he was a recipient of a 2008 Presidential Meritorious Service Award, the 2006 Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Public Diplomacy, and a 2003 Superior Honor Award for his work in Afghanistan, among other awards. His performance garnered Senior Foreign Service performance recognition in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, and 2002. Mr. Fernandez has also served as a Foreign Service officer in Iraq, Kuwait, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and the United Arab Emirates, and as USIA desk officer for Egypt, Yemen, and Sudan. He is a graduate of the 46th (2003-2004) Senior Seminar, the State Department's premier senior management course. A graduate of the University of Arizona and the Defense Language Institute, he served in the U.S. Army (1976-1979), having come to the United States as a refugee from Cuba in 1959. He has published in Brookings: Markaz, ReVista: the Harvard Review of Latin America, Middle East Quarterly, and Journal of the Assyrian Academic Society (JAAS), and has lectured and debated on U.S. foreign policy in numerous public venues. Mr. Fernandez speaks fluent Spanish and Arabic.
- Steven Stalinsky*
Steven Stalinsky has been Executive Director of MEMRI since 1999. Mr. Stalinsky's expertise on the Middle East is sought after throughout Washington, D.C., where he has briefed staff of the White House; the U.S. Departments of State, Homeland Security, and Justice; the Office of the Director of National Intelligence; the Government Accountability Office; and other institutions. On Capitol Hill, Mr. Stalinsky frequently briefs Members of Congress and staff on issues related to the Middle East and to the fight against terrorism. His research has been used in major legislation centering on Iran and Egypt, and also for the Saudi Accountability Act, and he was invited to testify about Saudi Arabia before Congress.
Mr. Stalinsky's research has focused on detailing and developing strategies against cyber jihad, describing how terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda, ISIS, and others use the Internet, social media, and encryption for propaganda, recruiting, and hacking. He was an early advocate of calling on the tech community to take stronger action on removing terrorist content from their platforms and for creating industry standards to combat it. Stalinsky has published extensive research and documentation of the use of Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr and other social media by the Islamic State, Al-Qaeda and its affiliates, Hizbullah, Hamas, and other jihadi groups.
In addition to over 100 original research reports he has authored for MEMRI, Mr. Stalinsky has published articles in multiple newspapers, magazines, and journals, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Weekly Standard, The Middle East Quarterly, National Review, Fox News, The Jerusalem Post, and others.
Mr. Stalinsky's research has also made an impact internationally. His articles have been cited in official United Nations documents, as well as by members of the U.K. and Canadian parliaments. Leading media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The LA Times, the Associated Press, The Telegraph (UK), The Daily Mail (UK), Wired, Fast Company, and many others have interviewed Mr. Stalinsky on issues surrounding the Middle East, counter-terrorism policy, and terrorist use of the Internet and combating it. His research has been cited by USA Today, The Guardian (UK), The Wall Street Journal, CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, NPR, Fox News, the BBC, and Wired, as well as by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Defense News, and others. He has also been cited by leading Arabic media outlets, including Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (UK), Al-Ahram (Egypt), Arab News (Saudi Arabia), Al-Hayat (UK), Al-Raya (Qatar), Al-Khaleej (UAE), and many others. From 2003 through 2007, Mr. Stalinsky wrote a weekly column for the New York Sun focusing on the Arab and Iranian media.
Mr. Stalinsky is the author of the book American Traitor – The Rise and Fall of Al-Qaeda's U.S.-Born Leader Adam Gadahn, which provides insight into the mind of the terrorist who led Al-Qaeda media efforts and Internet policy, and into his reasoning for supporting jihad against the U.S. Gadahn, who was also known as Azzam Al-Amriki, was the only American since World War II to be charged with and found guilty of treason.
Prior to joining MEMRI, Mr. Stalinsky spent a decade in Washington, D.C. at various private and government think-tanks. Before coming to Washington DC, he performed public service within the U.S. through a year in AmeriCorps (often considered the urban Peace Corps) as a City Year member. Directly out of college, he worked on the Clinton/Gore presidential campaign. Mr. Stalinsky, who is currently a candidate for a Ph.D. in Homeland Security Studies, holds a M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies and a B.A. in Religious Studies.
- Professor Menahem Milson
Professor Menahem Milson is chairman of MEMRI's Board of Advisors. Prof. Milson has taught Arabic literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel since October 1963. He has been a visiting fellow at well-known academic institutions in the United States and England. Most of Professor Milson's research has been in the field of modern Egyptian literature. He is the author of (among other publications) Najib Mahfuz: The Novelist Philosopher of Cairo (1998) – a comprehensive study of the Egyptian Nobel laureate. In recent years, his research interest has been directed towards issues of Arab antisemitism and reform versus Islamism in the Muslim world. At the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Professor Milson served as head of the Department of Arabic Language and Literature, as Director of the Institute of Asian and African Studies, and as Dean of the Faculty of Humanities (1991/2 to 1997/8). From October 1999 to September 2002, he was Provost of the Rothberg International School. He was President Anwar Sadat's aide-de-camp during the latter's historic visit to Jerusalem in November 1977. Professor Milson was educated at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at Harvard (Ph.D. 1964).
- Dr. Nimrod Raphaeli
Dr. Nimrod Raphaeli is a Senior Analyst at MEMRI and editor of MEMRI's Economic Blog (http://memrieconomicblog.org/) Most of Dr. Raphaeli's professional career was spent at the World Bank. He also was a consultant for the International Monetary Fund. He received a Ph.D. in development planning from the University of Michigan. Dr. Raphaeli has conducted groundbreaking work at MEMRI on Iraq, and was the first to translate the "Oil for Food" list of 270 prominent individuals and companies who were helping Saddam Hussein subvert UN sanctions against him. He has since focused on the fall of Saddam and the fledgling democracy in his native Iraq, including the historic elections of which he assisted in voting campaigns for Iraqi expatriates.
- Dr. Mirza A. B. Baig
Dr. Mirza A. B. Baig is a Senior Analyst at MEMRI's South Asia Studies Project. He monitors the South Asian media, particularly the Urdu- and Hindi-language newspapers and websites. Prior to joining MEMRI, Dr. Baig worked for a number of media organizations, including All India Radio and the BBC's Urdu and Hindi services, for over a decade. Author of a book on the 13th century Persian poet Jalaluddin Rumi, he has also translated several books on history for the National Book Trust of India. Dr. Baig earned an MA in Urdu and another MA in English literature from the Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. Later, he completed an M. Phil degree in comparative literature from New Delhi-based Jawaharlal Nehru University, where he successfully defended his PhD. He also holds an Advanced Diploma in Journalism.
- Mansour Al-Hadj
Mansour Al-Hadj is the director of MEMRI's Reform Project. Before joining MEMRI, Mr. Al-Hadj was the senior reporter for AAFAQ Magazine (www.aafaqmagazine.com), an Arabic news website that focuses on Reform and Human Rights in the Middle East. Mr. Al-Hadj has participated in multiple briefings on Capitol Hill, including on the topic of "Movement of Extremism in the Muslim World: Struggle between States and Citizens." Mr. Al-Hadj grew up in Saudi Arabia, an experience he wrote about in a dispatch on MEMRI's website (https://www.memri.org/reports/reformist-writer-mansour-al-hadj-my-youth-i-was-taught-love-death). He obtained his B.A. in law from the International University of Africa in Khartoum, Sudan in 2003.
- Tufail Ahmad
Tufail Ahmad is Senior Fellow for the MEMRI Islamism and Counter-Radicalization Initiative; former Director of the MEMRI South Asia Studies Project (SASP), which monitors the media of Pakistan and Afghanistan. His research is focused on jihadist movements in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh, as well as on counterterrorism policies and issues of cultural and religious freedom in the South Asian region. Prior to joining MEMRI, he worked for the BBC Urdu Service in London for approximately eight years; there he was in charge of coverage of Pakistan. A British journalist of Indian origin, Mr. Ahmad studied Social Systems for an M.A. at New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University, and received an M.A. in War Studies at the Department of War Studies, King's College London. He also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi.
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Therefore, we encourage our readers of other languages to avail themselves of our English-language archives whenever possible, since our archives in the other languages are not nearly as comprehensive.
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