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John Hannah

Senior Counselor

Areas of Impact:

Russia, Turkey, Lebanon, Arab Spring, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States, Hezbollah, Iraq, Iran

Biography:

John Hannah is senior counselor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, where he brings two decades of experience at the highest levels of U.S. foreign policy. During the first term of President George W. Bush, he was Vice President Dick Cheney’s deputy national security advisor for the Middle East, where he was intimately involved in U.S. policy toward Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, the peace process, and the global war on terrorism. In President Bush’s second term, John was elevated to the role of the vice president's national security advisor.

In his previous government service, John worked as a senior advisor to Secretary of State Warren Christopher during the Bill Clinton administration, and as a senior member of Secretary of State James Baker's Policy Planning Staff during the presidency of George H. W. Bush. Outside of government, John has served as deputy director and senior fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He has also practiced law, specializing in international dispute resolution.

John Hannah is senior counselor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, where he brings two decades of experience at the highest levels of U.S. foreign policy. During the first term of President George W. Bush, he was Vice President Dick Cheney’s deputy national security advisor for the Middle East, where he was intimately involved in U.S. policy toward Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, the peace process, and the global war on terrorism. In President Bush’s second term, John was elevated to the role of the vice president's national security advisor.

In his previous government service, John worked as a senior advisor to Secretary of State Warren Christopher during the Bill Clinton administration, and as a senior member of Secretary of State James Baker's Policy Planning Staff during the presidency of George H. W. Bush. Outside of government, John has served as deputy director and senior fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He has also practiced law, specializing in international dispute resolution.

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Does Trump Intend to Thwart Iran’s Ambitions in Syria?

24th August 2017 – Foreign Policy

Does Trump Intend to Thwart Iran’s Ambitions in Syria?

John Hannah

As if President Donald Trump isn’t facing enough problems already (some, unfortunately, of his own making — see Charlottesville, Virginia), here’s one more to add to the list: If he’s not careful, the president risks going down in history as the man who defeated the Islamic State only to make the Middle East safe for Iranian hegemony. more...

Analysis & Commentary

19th September 2017 – Fox Business Network

Lou Dobbs Tonight

John Hannah

FDD's John Hannah explains why President Trump’s U.N. speech drew so much praise, and how it could further a more stable global order. more...

18th September 2017 – Fox News

Special Report with Bret Baier

John Hannah

FDD's John Hannah on UAE delegation that met at Trump Tower over Iran nuclear deal. more...

18th September 2017 – Fox Business

Countdown to the Closing Bell

John Hannah

FDD's John Hannah on ways the U.S. can resolve tensions with North Korea. more...

5th September 2017 – Quoted by Stephen Loiaconi - Sinclair Broadcast Group

Experts warn of danger to U.S. companies if Trump follows through on China threats

John Hannah

As the gulf between the U.S. and North Korea over Kim Jong Un’s nuclear weapons program grows, one of the few things that the two countries continue to have in common is that their biggest trading partner is China, a fact that complicates the Trump administration’s efforts to employ economic pressure in the standoff. more...