Helping U.S. And West In Fight Against Terrorism

Learn how MEMRI's highly trained staff assists governments, the military, intelligence agencies, and law enforcement translations and analysis of open-source materials.

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About Our Work

MEMRI's work directly supports the U.S. in its fight against terrorism. Our highly trained staff translate and analyze open-source content from television broadcasts, print and online news sources, social media, school textbooks, sermons, and websites.

Every single day, MEMRI receives requests for its research from U.S. government, military, and legislature, and from governments worldwide. Every year, MEMRI provides thousands of pages of translations of content from jihadi social media accounts, websites, forums, mosque sermons, and schoolbooks from across the Arab and Muslim world, in Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, and Pashtu, as well as tens of thousands of hours of broadcast content from Arab, Iranian, South Asian, Farsi-language, Turkish, North African, and satellite television channels. From the halls of government to the briefing rooms of the military, MEMRI is a vital component in the West's fight against terrorism.

The Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) tracks imminent and potential threats

The JTTM translates and analyzes threats posed by various terrorist and violent extremist organizations through both open and password-protected sources around the clock.

Learn more about the JTTM

The Cyber & Jihad Lab (CJL) monitors, tracks, translates, researches, and analyzes cyber jihad

The CJL monitors, tracks, translates, researches, and analyzes cyber jihad originating from the Middle East, Iran, South Asia, and North and West Africa. 

Learn more about the CJL

Board At A Glance

Members of the MEMRI Board of Directors and Board of Advisors are distinguished figures in government, law, media, academia, and other areas. They include former U.S. government officials - CIA director, defense secretary, Navy secretary, U.S. Cyber Command director, FBI director of operations, NSA director, education secretary, and others.

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Full List of MEMRI's Board of Advisors & Directors

Impact by the Numbers

Testimonials About MEMRI

"MEMRI has provided an invaluable window into an otherwise opaque situation to most Americans... Since September 11, it has simply become indispensable... I salute MEMRI, and hope they continue to shine the spotlight of truth in the Middle Eastern governments and media outlets in their own words. MEMRI provides a critical window into that world."

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence

"I am proud to be a part of the MEMRI team and looking forward to growing MEMRI's products in the future."

Lt.-Gen. Vincent R. Stewart (ret.)

MEMRI Special Advisor and Chairman of Board of Advisors, Former Deputy Commander Of U.S. Cyber Command And Former Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Director

“Since leaving government, I’ve learned that the private sector does this quite well. One excellent example is the Middle East Media Research Institute (where I am among nearly three dozen members of an unpaid board of advisers), an independent nonprofit that has built quite a reputation tracking traditional and nontraditional media in the Middle East and South Asia.”

Gen. Michael Hayden

MEMRI Board of Advisors member, retired United States Air Force four-star general and former Director of the National Security Agency, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

"MEMRI is the single most important source for understanding what is happening in the Greater Middle East and what we must know to fight effectively the war on terrorism both at home and abroad."

James Woolsey

Former CIA Director and MEMRI Board Member

"MEMRI has proved itself as one of the best institutions in town in its depth of knowledge regarding all things Middle East. What makes you particularly strong and what I have found invaluable is your understanding of open source, on the group intelligence. I look forward to meeting with you again."

Ted Poe

Former Congressman and MEMRI Board Member

"We all need to do more to help those who are risking their lives for the sake of positive and definitive change in the region - many talk of doing this, but MEMRI is actually putting that good will into practice."

Alberto M. Fernandez

President of Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN) and Former MEMRI Vice President

“For anyone interested in what is really happening in the Middle East, MEMRI, is utterly indispensable. Scholars, journalists and policymakers should read it daily.”

The Washington Post

“Most of the U.S. administration’s and media information from the Arabs is now delivered from the Middle East Media Research Institute.”

Al-Ahram

“I am writing to express my gratitude to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) and its ongoing work… MEMRI provides a huge resource to me personally for analyzing primary resources. The translations of video and print sources MEMRI provides are extremely helpful in this regard.”

Intelligence coordinator and law enforcement liaison

Transportation Security Administration

“The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has utilized the Middle East Media Research (MEMR) Project on many occasions augmenting the development of current intelligence trends. MEMR is an excellent venue which provides real time open source information."

Special Agent in Charge

U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

“I am writing to thank you and the MEMRI organization for the priceless resources that you have placed at the disposal of those of us in the Department of Defense who are involved in the new “long war” of ideas against Islamist ideology… MEMRI provides the indispensable map to this intellectual terrain.”

Senior Advisor for Information Strategy

Office of the Secretary of Defense

“I have visited your website on numerous occasions and found your collection of videos to be very informative and very beneficial to my research.”

Instructor

Department of Defense Pentagon Force Protection Agency

“This letter is to express my appreciation for the enormous public service that MEMRI provides by translating broadcasts of radical speech around the world into several languages. Your efforts to overcome language barriers helps create a profound sense of situational awareness of those of us who seek to understand the nature and direction of established and incipient threats to western security.”

Senior Advisor, Defense Technology Security Administration

Assistant Secretary of Defense

“I would like to request material from MEMRI TV, to be used in Anti-Terrorism Force Protection training here at JCITA. The videos are shown in conjunction with terrorist methodology classes to DoD employees deploying to high threat areas. The videos are extremely valuable in showing terrorist tactics, techniques and procedures. MEMRI TV has done a wonderful job in compiling these videos, they add to our training immensely.”

Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy

Department of Defense

"Thank you again for all you help! These bulletins are important as they align with an intel product that we are publishing… I am exclusively using MEMRI as I feel it is the best data base out there - I will reference MEMRI when we finalize our intel product."

California Fire Department

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