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. 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.[2]

It was formerly Stonegate Institute, and was devolved from the Hudson Institute, New York. 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.[3] It was founded in 2012 by Nina Rosenwald, who serves as its president.[4][5] Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John R. Bolton is its chairman.[6][7][8] 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".[9][10]

Gatestone publicizes the writings of authors as diverse as Alan Dershowitz, Robert Spencer, Palestinian journalist Khaled Abu Toameh, and Harold Rhode.[9] It is described by some media as “an internationally known American think-tank, specialized on strategy and defense questions.” [11]

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."[3] 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.[3][12][13][14][15]


Gatestone Institute says it is funded by private donors and foundations.[3]

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.,[16] Hebrew University professor Petra Heldt[17] and publisher Ahmed Charai[18] 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[3] consisting of former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John R. Bolton serving as chairman; American Islamic Forum for Democracy founder M. Zuhdi Jasser; Huffington Post writer Lawrence Kadish;[19] 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.[20]

Distinguished Senior Fellows[edit]

The Gatestone Institute's website contains a list of "Distinguished Senior Fellows," which 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.[3] Sheila Musaji's The American Muslim describes Gatestone as "neo-con".[21] LGBT Gay Star News describes Gatestone as "conservative".[22]


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".[23] Sheila Musaji's The American Muslim includes it and Nina Rosenwald in a Who’s Who of the Anti-Muslim/Anti-Arab/Islamophobia Industry,[24] 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."[25]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Board of Advisors" Gatestone Institute. Retrieved September 21, 2013.
  2. ^ "Report: Israel Levers $110 Billion 'Horizon 2020' Joint Research Initiative Against EU Sanction Directive". Algemeiner. September 29, 2013. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "About". Gatestone Institute. May 3, 2012. Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Gatestone Institute". Facebook. May 3, 2012. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Nina Rosenwald". Gatestone Institute. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  6. ^ "John Bolton". Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  7. ^ John R. Bolton. "Scholars – John R. Bolton". AEI. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Former UN Ambassador John R. Bolton Joins Gatestone Institute as Chairman". Gatestone Institute. July 17, 2013. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Blumenthal, Max (June 13, 2012) "The Sugar Mama of Anti-Muslim Hate", The Nation, Retrieved September 21, 2013.
  10. ^ "Gatestone Institute full overview". Right Web (Institute for Policy Studies). March 5, 2013. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ "Egypt Coptic Christians have one of their ‘worst months,’ Gatestone Institute report says —". Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  13. ^ "What the He!! Is Going On in England? | National Review Online". July 18, 2013. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  14. ^ Ben, Ariel (April 25, 2013). "Hundreds of European Muslims fighting Assad | JPost | Israel News". JPost. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  15. ^ Rosenwald, Nina (August 9, 2013). "Gatestone Weekly Roundup". Gatestone Institute. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Spanish government: adopted children from Morocco must be raised as Muslims". February 22, 2013. Retrieved September 22, 2013. 
  17. ^ Dr. Petra Heldt Hebrew University
  18. ^ Huffington Post Profile of Ahmed Charai
  19. ^ Huffinton Post Profil Lawrence Kadish
  20. ^ Board of Advisors/ Business Week profile
  21. ^ Sheila Musaji (June 8, 2013). "(TAM)". The American Muslim. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Content about Gatestone Institute". Gay Star News. July 13, 2012. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  23. ^ Gatestone Institute Profile at IRC Online. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  24. ^ 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. 
  25. ^ Ali Gharib. "Islamophobe With Militarist Name Attacks Muslims For Militarist Names". The Daily Beast. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 

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