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Hassan Mneimneh

Hassan I. Mneimneh is the senior transatlantic fellow for the Middle East, North Africa (MENA) and the Islamic World at GMF, where he focuses on the impact of socio-political and cultural developments on the evolution of this wide region's societies as well as their effects on U.S. and European policies. Mneimneh is also acting director of GMF’s Tunis office and of the Tunis-based MENA Partnership for Democracy & Development, a project dedicated to supporting civil society in the region.

He was previously a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, where he co-led a project to develop and strengthen civil society resistance to radicalizing tendencies in the Muslim world. Prior to joining Hudson, Mneimneh was a visiting fellow at AEI where he conducted an exploration of the evolution, record, and prospects of radical Islamist formations worldwide. Between 2003-08, he was director at the Iraq Memory Foundation, an organization dedicated to documenting Iraq’s recent past and to inviting Iraqi society to a reflection on issues of political responsibility, social order, and transitional justice. The Iraq Memory Foundation was the continuation of the Iraq Research and Documentation Project, which Mneimneh co-directed at Harvard University.

He regularly contributes analysis and opinion pieces to the pan-Arab newspaper al-Hayat, and has written, in English, Arabic, and French, on political, cultural, historical, and intellectual questions affecting of the Muslim world. 


News Articles

Can the World Afford to Condone the ‘Divided States of Syria’?July 03, 2014After more than three years of corrosive wars, Syria no longer exists as a nation-state. It has been replaced by disparate entities and precarious arrangements – to the detriment of the Syrian population.


A Strategic Missed Opportunity: Turkey in LebanonNovember 06, 2013

This policy brief argues that Turkey should be, but likely won't be, more involved in Lebanon.

Transatlantic Divergence in the MENA Region? The Question of HezbollahOctober 14, 2013

This policy brief argues that the political influence of Hezbollah is increasing at a time when transatlantic partners are still torn between different strategies.

Syria and Iraq ― Convergence and Divergence in U.S.-Turkish AssessmentsMay 02, 2013

This policy brief explains how Turkey's international credibility has suffered from the situations in Syria and Iran.

The Arab Spring: A Victory for Islamism?March 19, 2012

This Brussels Forum paper examines the impact of the Arab Spring on Islamism.

Looking East: The “Arab Spring” and the Relevance of East AsiaDecember 14, 2011

In these times of historic change affecting the Arab world, the moment may be opportune for the Middle East and East Asia to upgrade their engagement, bringing to the fore models of evolution and achievement that may benefit the new political and social order bound to emerge in the aftermath of the uprisings. The Asian experience of negotiating native authenticity and a modernity originating from the West has itself the potential of resetting the debate affecting the Arab world today.

Transformations in the Arab World: Elements for an AssessmentOctober 27, 2011

This brief outlines the broad similarities of the uprisings in the Arab world....