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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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Qatar Needs to Do Its Part

22nd May 2017 – Foreign Policy

Qatar Needs to Do Its Part

John Hannah

An important goal of President Donald Trump’s meetings with Arab and Islamic leaders this past weekend was to encourage them to shoulder more of the burden in defending our common interests, particularly in combating the threats from terrorism and Iran. more...

Analysis & Commentary

8th June 2017 – Quoted by Micah Meadowcroft - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. Support of Syrian Kurds Has Not Hurt U.S.-Turkish Relations

Aykan Erdemir, John Hannah

The U.S. arming of the Kurdish YPG fighters who are pushing to take Raqqa, Syria, has not damaged relations between Turkey and the United States, said experts at a Wednesday panel at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. more...

5th June 2017 – Fox Business

Countdown to the Closing Bell

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah comments on the London terror attack and whether tech companies are doing enough to help law enforcement combat terrorism. more...

2nd June 2017 – Quoted by Egypt Today Staff - Egypt Today

Ex-US security adviser on Qatar’s appeasement of terrorism

John Hannah

Qatar’s relations with Arab and Gulf States have strained in the recent days following Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani’ remarks against neighboring countries, which have declared their war on terrorism; senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies John Hannah said in an interview to Egypt Today that the Qatari regime is trying to appease terrorist groups to secure itself from those groups. more...

24th May 2017 – Fox Business

Cavuto: Coast to Coast

John Hannah

FDD's senior counselor John Hannah discusses Tillerson's comments on NATO and their possible impact. more...