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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. Prior to joining FDD, John served as Vice President Dick Cheney's national security advisor from 2005-2009. During the first term of President George W. Bush (2001-2004), he was Vice President Dick Cheney’s deputy national security advisor for the Middle East, where he was responsible for U.S. policy in the Middle East.

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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Podcast: Of Strikes and Strategy: U.S. Policy in Syria

24th April 2018 – Foreign Podicy

Podcast: Of Strikes and Strategy: U.S. Policy in Syria

Clifford D. May, John Hannah

Foreign Podicy host Clifford D. May is joined by John Hannah, senior counselor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, who has served on the national security teams of both democratic and republican administrations, to discuss the ongoing crises and potential ways forward in Syria and the broader region. more...

Analysis & Commentary

24th April 2018 – Foreign Podicy

Podcast: Of Strikes and Strategy: U.S. Policy in Syria

Clifford D. May, John Hannah

Foreign Podicy host Clifford D. May is joined by John Hannah, senior counselor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, who has served on the national security teams of both democratic and republican administrations, to discuss the ongoing crises and potential ways forward in Syria and the broader region. more...

23rd April 2018 – Fox Business

Cavuto: Coast to Coast

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah joins Cavuto: Coast to Coast on Fox Business to discuss North Korea's announcement that it will suspend its nuclear program ahead of the U.S.-North Korea summit planned for next month. more...

20th April 2018 – Fox Business

Lou Dobbs Tonight

John Hannah

FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah joins Lou Dobbs Tonight to discuss Pompeo's meeting with Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang and the subsequent announcement that North Korea will suspend its nuclear program. more...

16th April 2018 – Foreign Policy

Trump Was Right to Strike Syria

John Hannah

Let’s give credit where credit is due. First, U.S. President Donald Trump set a red line and enforced it. He warned that the large-scale use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime would trigger a U.S. attack. When Syrian President Bashar al-Assad crossed that red line a year ago, Trump responded with 59 cruise missiles that took out about 20 percent of Syria’s operational aircraft. more...