Gatestone Institute

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Gatestone Institute
Gatestone Institute Logo.png
Founded 2012
Founder Nina Rosenwald
Type Not-for-profit, non-governmental organization, think tank
Focus International Politics
Key people John R. Bolton, Amir Taheri, Elie Wiesel, R. James Woolsey[1]

The Gatestone Institute, formerly Stonegate Institute and Hudson New York, is a think tank based in New York City.[2][3][4] The organization is chaired by John R. Bolton, former U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, from 2005 to 2006, and Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, from 2001 to 2005.[5]

It was formerly Stonegate Institute, and was devolved from the Hudson Institute, New York.[2][6] It identifies itself as a nonpartisan, not-for-profit international policy council and think tank for international and domestic policy, based in New York City.[7][8] It was founded in 2012 by Nina Rosenwald, who serves as its president.[9][10] Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John R. Bolton is its chairman.[11][12][13][14] In The Nation, journalist Max Blumenthal reported it began as a branch of the Washington D.C. Hudson Institute, and was known as "Hudson New York City".[15][16]

Gatestone publicizes the writings of authors as diverse as Alan Dershowitz, Robert Spencer, Palestinian journalist Khaled Abu Toameh, and Harold Rhode.[15] It is described by some media as “an internationally known American think-tank, specialized on strategy and defense questions.” [17]

About the organization[edit]

The organization describes itself as a "non-partisan, not-for-profit international policy council and think tank is dedicated to educating the public about what the mainstream media fails to report."[7] The organization believes that traditional news outlets conduct insufficient and, as a result, misleading reporting on critical issues, and thus it distributes its own information about events in the Middle East and Muslim populations in other parts of the world.[7][18][19][20][21]

The Gatestone Institute publishes an online daily report on its website, featuring extended news coverage[22][23][24] and editorials[25][26] on various subjects, with a concentration on foreign policy[27] issues impacting the United States and its allies.

Gatestone publications are cited by many commentators and writers, among them Cal Thomas,[28] Marvin Hier,[29] Jonathan Rosenblum,[30] Melanie Phillips,[31] Andrew C. McCarthy,[32][33] and César Vidal Manzanares.[34] It has also been cited by publications including The Hill,[29] the Jerusalem Post,[30][35][36],[37] The Washington Times,[38] The Blaze,[39] La Razón,[34] Investor's Business Daily,[40] and United Press International.[41]

The organization hosts forums and conferences featuring high-profile journalists, policy experts,[42] and elected officials on a regular basis.[43] According to their website, the goal of these events is to analyze, strategize and inform members and guests on current issues and to offer solutions. Briefing Council events are by invitation only, exclusively for Gatestone Institute members.[43]


Gatestone Institute is funded by private donors and foundations.[7]

Board of Advisors[edit]

According to the Gatestone Institute website, the organization is currently forming its Board of Advisors.[1] Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, former Central Intelligence Agency Director R. James Woolsey, Jr.,[44] Hebrew University professor Petra Heldt[45] and foreign policy expert and author Ahmed Charai[46] are the first individuals to be named to the board.[1]

Board of Governors (United States)[edit]

According to its website, the organization is currently forming a Board of Governors[7] consisting of former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John R. Bolton serving as chairman;[11] American Islamic Forum for Democracy founder M. Zuhdi Jasser; Huffington Post writer Lawrence Kadish;[47] British neoconservative writer and commentator Douglas Murray; and Director of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and philanthropist Ingeborg Rennert, wife of investor Ira Rennert.[48]

Distinguished Senior Fellows[edit]

Other distinguished senior fellows of the institution include Khaled Abu Toameh, Gordon G. Chang, Salim Mansur, Fiamma Nirenstein, Raheel Raza, and Harold Rhode.[1]



The organization describes itself as a "non-partisan" on its about page on their website.[7] Sheila Musaji's The American Muslim describes Gatestone as "neo-con".[49] LGBT Gay Star News describes Gatestone as "conservative".[50]


The Institute for Policy Studies has noted that "[t]he institute was founded in 2011 by Nina Rosenwald, an heiress of the Sears Roebuck empire who has been a key philanthropic backer of anti-Muslim groups and individuals in the United States".[51] Sheila Musaji's The American Muslim includes it and Nina Rosenwald in a Who’s Who of the Anti-Muslim/Anti-Arab/Islamophobia Industry,[52] Ali Gharib, of the blog Open Zion, describes it as "a spin-off of the Hudson Institute where right-wingers (along with Alan Dershowitz) champion hawkish, often "pro-Israel" policies and, not infrequently, rattle off Islamophobic blogposts."[53]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Board of Advisors" Gatestone Institute. Retrieved September 21, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Stonegate Institute on Facebook. Old Fb page dated March 21, 2012. Retrieved 2013-09-25.
  3. ^ "IMPORTANT NOTICE: On January 1, 2012, our name changed from "Hudson New York" to Stonegate Institute." in at the Wayback Machine (archived January 8, 2012)
  4. ^ at the Wayback Machine (archived October 24, 2011)
  5. ^ "Report: Israel Levers $110 Billion 'Horizon 2020' Joint Research Initiative Against EU Sanction Directive". Algemeiner. September 29, 2013. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Stonegate Institute – Latest Articles" (January 13, 2012) at Retrieved September 25, 2013.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "About". Gatestone Institute. May 3, 2012. Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Gatestone Institute". Gatestone Institute. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Gatestone Institute". Facebook. May 3, 2012. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Nina Rosenwald". Gatestone Institute. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Julia Gorin. "John Bolton’s Gatestone Institute: Why the United States would Actively Promote German Aims and the Re-creation of the Ottoman Empire is a Question that Needs to be Answered". Retrieved September 22, 2013. 
  12. ^ "John Bolton". Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  13. ^ John R. Bolton. "Scholars – John R. Bolton". AEI. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Former UN Ambassador John R. Bolton Joins Gatestone Institute as Chairman". Gatestone Institute. July 17, 2013. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b Blumenthal, Max (June 13, 2012) "The Sugar Mama of Anti-Muslim Hate", The Nation, Retrieved September 21, 2013.
  16. ^ "Gatestone Institute full overview". Right Web (Institute for Policy Studies). March 5, 2013. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  17. ^ La tournée africaine de Sa Majesté le Roi, l’expression d’un leadership solidaire soucieux du bien-être des peuples de la région , Le Matin, March 27, 2013 “Gatestone Institute, un think tank américain de renommée internationale spécialisé dans les questions stratégiques et de défense.
  18. ^ "Egypt Coptic Christians have one of their ‘worst months,’ Gatestone Institute report says —". Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  19. ^ "What the He!! Is Going On in England? | National Review Online". July 18, 2013. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  20. ^ Ben, Ariel (April 25, 2013). "Hundreds of European Muslims fighting Assad | JPost | Israel News". JPost. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  21. ^ Rosenwald, Nina (August 9, 2013). "Gatestone Weekly Roundup". Gatestone Institute. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Facebook Caves to Arab Threats Against Journalist – Middle East – News". Israel National News. January 16, 2013. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  23. ^ "And Then They Came for the Meter Maids . . . | National Review Online". September 11, 2012. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  24. ^ Dr. Susan Berry (July 9, 2013). "Report: Church Attacked in Egypt; Christians in Crossfire". Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  25. ^ Thursday, November 15, 2012 12:27 AM (November 15, 2012). "Freedom House: Libelling Israel for Defending Itself – Op-Eds". Israel National News. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  26. ^ Abu, Khaled (August 9, 2013). "Egypt Blockades Gaza: Where Are the Flotillas?". Gatestone Institute. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Ramallah vs. the "Peace Process" | Jewish News, Jewish World Information". Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  28. ^ Thomas, Cal (September 12, 2013). "Syria and history". Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  29. ^ a b "Recognize Muslim Brotherhood for the hate group it is". The Hill. August 5, 2013. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  30. ^ a b Rosenblum, Jonathan (July 29, 2013). "Think Again: Israel sues for peace". JPost. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  31. ^ Phillips, Melanie (July 14, 2013). "Melanie Phillips Electric Media". Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  32. ^ "'I Have Been Sent with Obfuscation'". February 29, 2012. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  33. ^ McCarthy, Andrew C. (August 27, 2011). "Losing Malmo". Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  34. ^ a b Cesar Vidal. "Cataluña, imán del salafismo". Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  35. ^ Ben, Ariel. "Analysts: Improvement in relations with Ankara unlikely". JPost. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  36. ^ "Fayyad’s resignation". JPost. April 16, 2013. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  37. ^ Coptic Christians have one of their ‘worst months,’ Gatestone Institute report says
  38. ^ "Gatestone Institute in the Media". Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  39. ^ July 22, 2013 11:52am Sharona Schwartz (July 22, 2013). "Video Claims to Show Imam on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount Calling for Caliphate and Destruction of the U.S., France, Britain, Rome". Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  40. ^ "Israel Shows Its Strength Against Syria And America's Weakness". May 7, 2013. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  41. ^ "European countries' culture of welcoming Islam being tested". UPI. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  42. ^ "Upcoming Events" Retrieved September 25, 2013.
  43. ^ a b "Events for Members". Gatestone Institute. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  44. ^ "Spanish government: adopted children from Morocco must be raised as Muslims". February 22, 2013. Retrieved September 22, 2013. 
  45. ^ Dr. Petra Heldt Hebrew University
  46. ^ Huffington Post Profile of Ahmed Charai
  47. ^ Huffinton Post Profil Lawrence Kadish
  48. ^ Board of Advisors/ Business Week profile
  49. ^ Sheila Musaji (June 8, 2013). "(TAM)". The American Muslim. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  50. ^ "Content about Gatestone Institute". Gay Star News. July 13, 2012. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  51. ^ Gatestone Institute Profile at IRC Online. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  52. ^ Musaji, Sheila (October 15, 2012). "A Who’s Who of the Anti-Muslim/Anti-Arab/Islamophobia Industry – updated 10/15/12". The American Muslim. Retrieved September 22, 2013. 
  53. ^ Ali Gharib. "Islamophobe With Militarist Name Attacks Muslims For Militarist Names". The Daily Beast. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 

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