Mohammed Alaa Ghanem is the Senior Political Adviser, Government Relations Director, and Strategist for the Syrian American Council in Washington D.C. He holds a master’s degree in Peacebuilding and conflict transformation. He was a professor at the University of Damascus, and has been involved in the Syrian revolution since its early days as a peaceful protest movement. Ghanem has briefed U.S. government officials and policy makers in the executive branch and in Congress. His work connects U.S. policy-makers and the Syrian American community with the revolution inside Syria. This connection is made possible by his extensive network of contacts at all levels of the Syrian opposition, his frequent trips to the liberated parts of Syria, and his routine participation in international political and academic conferences on Syria. Applying his knowledge of American politics and international relations, he advises the local administrative councils in liberated areas across Syria on international relations. In early 2013, he participated in monitoring the elections of the first democratically elected government in Aleppo.
Ghanem is also a fellow with the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies and a board member of the Coalition for a Democratic Syria. He’s frequently quoted in the media, and his op-eds have appeared, among others, in the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, the Hill, Huffington Post, and the New York Post. He has appeared on CNN, Al Jazeera, MSNBC, HuffPost, RT, and CCTV America.