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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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In Venezuela’s Toxic Brew, Failed Narco-State Meets Iran-Backed Terrorism

23rd March 2017 – Foreign Policy

In Venezuela’s Toxic Brew, Failed Narco-State Meets Iran-Backed Terrorism

John Hannah, Emanuele Ottolenghi

As if the political and economic chaos wracking Venezuela wasn’t worrying enough, a couple of recent stories underscore the potential national security threat brewing there. more...

Analysis & Commentary

24th April 2017 – Fox Business

Cavuto: Coast to Coast

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah, former national security advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney, discusses President Trump’s potential sanctions against North Korea. more...

21st April 2017 – Quoted by Ruthie Blum - The Algemeiner

Iran’s North Korean Path

John Hannah

Iran is reacting angrily to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s announcement on Tuesday, and to subsequent comments by US Defense Secretary James Mattis Wednesday, about a review of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed between Tehran and world powers in July 2015. more...

16th April 2017 – Quoted by Kimberly Dozier - The Daily Beast

New Power Center in Trumpland: The ‘Axis of Adults’

John Hannah

There’s a new band in town that’s guiding national security by quietly tutoring the most powerful man in America. Never-Trump Republicans who’d been apprehensive about President Donald Trump are celebrating the trio’s influence, calling Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Homeland Secretary John Kelly the “Axis of Adults.” more...

14th April 2017 – Fox News

Happening Now

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah discusses the development of North Korea's nuclear program and the implications of US dropping the MOAB in Afghanistan. more...