) is a news website launched in February 2012 by the Arab American
entrepreneur Jamal Daniel
and based in Washington, DC
, United States. Al-Monitor provides reporting and analysis from and about the Middle East
History and organization
Al-Monitor was launched on 13 February 2012 by the Arab-American
Jamal Daniel (who was born in Syria, but grew up in Lebanon).
It was founded with the intention to publish a diverse set of perspectives on the region, bridging the gap of information available to both those in the Middle East and those elsewhere with a desire to better understand a rapidly changing region.
In 2018, Al-Monitor partnered with North Base Media which was founded by Marcus Brauchli
and Sasa Vucinic
in managing Al-Monitor in order "to provide top-level operational and financial decision-making, and work with the company to explore possible content and commercial avenues."
At its founding, the site also translated content from countries in the Middle East; however, the site now only provides original content and does not translate from partners. Among its media partners were El Khabar
, Al-Masry Al-Youm
, Yedioth Ahronoth
(now closed), Al-Hayat
, Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal
(now closed), Sabah
(now closed), Al Khaleej
, and Al-Tagheer
Al-Monitor features reporting and analysis by journalists and experts from the Middle East, with special focus sections (that Al-Monitor terms "pulses") on Egypt
, the Persian Gulf
, North Africa
as well as Russia
's relationship with the Middle East.
In 2015, Al-Monitor relaunched its website and expanded coverage to include further reporting on Washington
, the addition of a culture
section, a new podcast
and video coverage.
Contributors have included Vitaly Naumkin
, director of the Institute of Oriental Studies
, Russian Academy of Sciences
; Kadri Gursel
, formerly and editor with Cumhuriyet
; Bruce Riedel
of the Brookings Institution
; Amberin Zaman
, formerly a Turkey correspondent for The Economist
; Sultan al Qassemi
, former columnist with the United Arab Emirates–based The National
and one of Time'
s 140 Best Twitter
Feeds of 2011 selections;
Barbara Slavin, former diplomatic correspondent for USA Today
and senior fellow at the Atlantic Council
; Laura Rozen, a former foreign policy reporter for Politico
, Foreign Policy
, and Yahoo
; and Madawi al-Rasheed
, professor of social anthropology at King's College London
; the late Cairo
-based political analyst Bassem Sabry
, an Egyptian writer who wrote extensively on Egypt
and the Arab Spring
; Akiva Eldar
, a long-time Israeli political columnist formerly with Haaretz
, and Gaza-based Asmaa al-Ghoul
In January 2013, Ian Burrell of The Independent
called Al-Monitor "an ambitious website that pulls together the commentary of distinguished writers from across the region."
In 2012, former The Washington Post
foreign affairs blogger Max Fisher called Al-Monitor "an invaluable Web-only publication following the Middle East." The Huffington Post
has referred to Al-Monitor as "increasingly a daily must-read for insightful commentary on the Middle East,"
and The Economist
recommended Al-Monitor's Egypt
coverage in its What to Read section.
While acknowledging a range of different opinions among the media site's writers, Lee Smith of the American Jewish Tablet
magazine has alleged that Al-Monitor's stance towards Syrian and Lebanese issues often mirrors the official positions of the Syrian government
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