Hassan Mneimneh is Senior Adviser for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) at IRI. He is Scholar at the Middle East Institute and Fikra Forum Contributing Editor at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Since the 1990s, he has served as scholar, policy analyst, and civil society practitioner on affairs of MENA and the wider Islamic world. He was Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) between 2011 and 2014, where he focused on the significance of the MENA region and the Islamic world to US and European policies. Mneimneh was also Acting Director of GMF’s Tunis office and of the MENA Partnership for Democracy & Development, a support project for civil society.
Prior to joining GMF, Mneimneh was Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute where he co-led a program on civil reaction to radicalizing tendencies in Muslim societies. In 2008-09, Mneimneh was Visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute where he analyzed radical Islamist formations worldwide. As Director of the Center for Global Engagement at the Institute for American Values, he co-led the Malta Forum, a dialogue initiative between Arab and Western intellectuals. Between 2004 and 2008, Mneimneh was Director at the Iraq Memory Foundation, an organization dedicated to fostering reflection on issues of political responsibility and transitional justice. The holdings of the Iraq Memory Foundation were deposited at the Hoover Institution in 2009. Mneimneh served as the non-resident curator of this collection until June 2014. The Iraq Memory Foundation was the continuation of the Iraq Research and Documentation Project which Mneimneh co-directed at Harvard University then at the Iraq Foundation in Washington DC. Mneimneh is a frequent commentator on broadcast media. He is a regular contributor to the Alhurrah website, and previously to the then Arabic newspaper of record al-Hayat (1993-2018).Top