Mohamed Elmenshawy

Mohamed Elmenshawy is Washington-based political commentator / journalist focusing on U.S. and major Middle East issues. Elmenshawy held senior positions with respected Arab media outlets such as Alaraby TV, Shorouk News and Taqrir Washington.  

Elmenshawy’s work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Foreign Policy, the Huffington Post, CNN, the Washington Post and Aljazeera.

Previously he worked at a resident scholar for four years in the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. He also worked at the World Security Institute for six years.

Elmenshawy taught several classes and seminars about current issues in the Arab World in the Middle East Institute and in several U.S. government institutions.

He recently testified before the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security's Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, where he addresses the current state of Egypt, the situation in the Sinai Peninsula, its potential to affect American national security interests, and what the United States can do to help the Egyptians meet the challenges they confront. 


  • BA in political science, Cairo University, Egypt 1992
  • MA in international relations and Middle East politics, University of Akron, OH 1999
  • MBA in international business, American University, Washington, D.C. 2001

Contact info:
Cell#  202 285 1567
Washington, DC


Egyptian American Relations: Reality of interests and illusions of change

Major Points to cover:

  • Has US interests changed in Egypt following the January 25 revolution?
  • Has Washington's relations changed with the Egyptian army after July 3rd?
  • The dilemma of the Egyptian military’s fighting doctrine.
  • Views from Cairo vs. Views from Washington.
  • Is America concern that the Sisi presidency could not restore stability to Egypt?