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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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How Far Is Trump Willing to Go to Change Iran’s Behavior?

25th May 2018 – Foreign Policy

How Far Is Trump Willing to Go to Change Iran’s Behavior?

John Hannah

"Surrender Dorothy.” That’s the phrase from The Wizard of Oz that I couldn’t quite get out of my head as I read through Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech on Iran — the first major policy address of his tenure, which he delivered this week. more...

Analysis & Commentary

16th June 2018 – Fox News

America’s News HQ

John Hannah

FDD's John Hannah joins Fox News to discuss what is necessary to denuclearize North Korea, following the summit held between Kim Jong Un and President Trump. more...

25th May 2018 – Foreign Policy

How Far Is Trump Willing to Go to Change Iran’s Behavior?

John Hannah

"Surrender Dorothy.” That’s the phrase from The Wizard of Oz that I couldn’t quite get out of my head as I read through Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech on Iran — the first major policy address of his tenure, which he delivered this week. more...

15th May 2018 – Fox News

Fox News

John Hannah

FDD's John Hannah joins Fox to discuss the Iraq elections and Shiite cleric Moctada al-Sadr's lead. more...

11th May 2018 – Foreign Policy

Will the End of the Iran Deal Mark the Beginning of an Iran Strategy?

John Hannah

The deed is done. U.S. President Donald Trump has kicked the Iran nuclear deal to the curb — just as he promised that he would, repeatedly, over the past two and a half years. Say what you will about the president, but he’s been true to his word. Campaign promises made; campaign promises kept. Trump’s critics may scoff derisively at the notion in light of the geopolitical stakes at play, but they’d be wrong to dismiss its deep resonance with the tens of millions of Americans who put Trump in the White House. A politician who actually does what he says he’s going to do. Go figure. more...