Alan Mendoza


Dr Alan Mendoza is the Executive Director of the Henry Jackson Society, an international affairs thinktank headquartered in London with branches in New York and Washington DC. Alan was a co-founder of the HJS in 2005, and oversaw its transformation from a website at Cambridge University to a fully-fledged organisation encompassing a high-powered research function, prominent media presence, large-scale and cross-party political support, and a famously active events programme. Based in the HJS central London office, Alan oversees strategy, development and outreach for the organisation, and manages a talented team of senior and junior staff who have helped make the HJS the success it is today.

In addition to his interest in the HJS's core policy areas of foreign and security policy, Alan has also conceptualised projects like the Henry Jackson Initiative for Inclusive Capitalism, and the European Convention of Liberal Democracy. He is on the Advisory Board of the affiliated university campus project Student Rights, as well as a Director of the HJS's newest venture, risk advisory service Strategic Analysis. His own personal research interests are democracy in the Middle East and Russia, and he maintains an active portfolio of subjects he can speak to in the media including transatlantic policy matters, UK politics and international defence matters. He has appeared on media platforms as diverse as the BBC, ITN, Al-Jazeera, Bloomberg and Reuters, as well as at major international conferences such as the Halifax International Security Forum.

Prior to his work at the Henry Jackson Society, Alan enjoyed a stellar academic career at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, where he secured a BA, MPhil and PhD in History. His thesis topic was British Relations With the USA During the Bosnian War; 1992-1995. He was also part of the senior management team of a start-up commercial publishing company.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Advisory Board member of Bright Blue and of the Electronic Security Infrastructure Council, and the Chief Advisor to the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Transatlantic & International Security, and on Homeland Security.

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