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Events and Appearances - John Hannah

June 2017

Arming the Kurds: Implications for U.S.-Turkish Relations

7th June 2017 - 12:15 PM

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies hosted a lunch discussion, Arming the Kurds: Implications for U.S.-Turkish Relations, which featured Luke Coffey, Director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy at the Heritage Foundation; Aykan Erdemir, Senior Fellow at FDD; David Pollock, Kaufman Fellow and Director of Project Fikra at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy; and Amberin Zaman, columnist at Al-Monitor and advisory board member for FDD's Turkey Program. John Hannah, FDD Senior Counselor, moderated the discussion.

May 2017

Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood’s Global Affiliates: New U.S. Administration Considers New Policies

23rd May 2017 - 8:00 AM

FDD hosted a conference with the Hudson Institute and The George Washington University's Center for Cyber & Homeland Security featuring keynote discussion with Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense (2006-2011).

April 2017

The ‘New Turkey’ and its Discontents

7th April 2017 - 12:00 PM

On April 16, Turkey will hold a historic referendum to determine the future of its democracy. After 14 years in power, Turkey’s Islamist President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes to cement his one-man rule and shield himself from political and legal challenges. But Erdogan’s hold on power is not a certainty. Following widespread domestic protests, embarrassing graft probes, and last summer’s failed coup attempt, Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP)-led government is now perceived by many to be increasingly corrupt and authoritarian.

November 2016

The Battle for Mosul

10th November 2016 - 12:00 PM

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) hosted a lunch discussion on the battle of Mosul. The timely conversation took place Thursday, November 10, from 12:00pm to 1:30pm, and featured Michael Gordon, Military Correspondent for The New York Times and former Writer-in-Residence at FDD, and Thomas Joscelyn, FDD Senior Fellow and Senior Editor of FDD’s Long War Journal. The conversation was moderated by FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah.

July 2016

After the Failed Coup: Prospects for Turkish Stability and the U.S.-Turkey Alliance

21st July 2016 - 12:00 PM

In light of this weekend's failed coup attempt and the ongoing instability in Turkey, FDD hosted a timely lunch conversation on Thursday, July 21 at 12:00pm with director of the Wilson Center's Middle East Program Henri Barkey; former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Eric Edelman; former Turkish MP Aykan Erdemir;  and founding director of The Middle East Institute’s Center for Turkish Studies Gönül Tol. The conversation was moderated by John Hannah.

June 2016

The Future of Political Islam

15th June 2016 - 12:00 PM

More than five years ago, popular uprisings across the Middle East rocked the region’s authoritarian order to its core. Groups espousing some version of political Islam, not Western-style democracy, appeared to be among the biggest beneficiaries of the resulting turmoil. 


Genocide by ISIS: The Plight of Yazidis in Iraq & Syria

9th June 2016 - 4:00 PM

When ISIS began attacking the Yazidi community in Iraq’s Sinjar Mountains in 2014, Ms. Dakhil brought international attention to the catastrophe through an impassioned parliamentary address, pleading for protection and assistance for a civilian population facing enslavement or execution.

May 2016

Turkey’s One-Man Show: Erdoğan’s Agenda After Davutoğlu

16th May 2016 - 12:00 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ouster of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu last week raises serious questions about Turkey’s political trajectory, its role in the Middle East, its relations with the European Community, and its participation in NATO.

February 2016

Rising Tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia: Geopolitical and Energy Security Implications

12th February 2016 - 6:03 PM

The latest increase in tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia raises questions about the potential for further instability in the region and possible oil supply disruptions. These risks are most apparent in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, home both to more than half of the nation’s oil production and a Shia majority. The panel discussion will focus on how these developments are impacting U.S. national and energy security interests at a time when Iran sanctions are being lifted, allowing Tehran to export its petroleum, further adding to an oversupplied global oil market.

November 2015

Turkey After Snap Elections: Chaos or Reconciliation?

5th November 2015 - 12:00 PM

As Turkey heads to snap elections on November 1, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is hoping to restore its parliamentary majority lost in June. Hinged on the election results is not only the make-up  of the next government, but also Turkey’s waning economy, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's quest for increased power, the Kurdish peace process, and prospects for national reconciliation and  Turkey's role in the Syrian war.

September 2015

A View from Turkey: Snap Elections, Kurds, and the Islamic State

21st September 2015 - 12:00 PM

Please join FDD for a timely conversation with Tulin Daloglu, Amb. Eric Edelman, and Aykan Erdemir. The conversation will be moderated by John Hannah.

The Big Win for Iran’s Revolutionary Guards?

18th September 2015 - 8:30 AM

Please join FDD this Friday, September 18 at 8:30am for a timely breakfast conversation to discuss how the Iran deal affects the Revolutionary Guards.  The conversation will feature FDD Senior Fellows Ali Alfoneh and Emanuele Ottolenghi, each of whom has written defining books on the IRGC and who have delved into how sanctions relief is structured in ways that will benefit key players and policies of the IRGC. Sanctions expert and FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz will also be featured in the conversation moderated by John Hannah. The event will take place on Capitol Hill—Room TBA.

July 2015

“Scorecard” for Final Nuclear Deal

29th July 2015 - 12:15 PM

On July 29, 2015, JINSA’s Gemunder Center Iran Task Force released a new report at a panel discussion to provide an expert analysis of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA), the final agreement with Iran on nuclear disarmament.

June 2015

Turkey’s Elections:  Results, Consequences, and the Outlook Ahead

15th June 2015 - 12:00 PM

On the heels of Turkey's election, please join FDD for a timely conversation to discuss the results and ramifications for Turkey’s foreign and domestic policies - A conversation with Amb. Eric Edelman, Aykan Erdemir, and John Hannah. 

July 2014

Keeping Our Friends Close and Our Frenemies Closer?

11th July 2014 - 9:30 AM

A Conversation with Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Brian Katulis, and Jonathan Schanzer
Moderated by John Hannah

A growing number of countries have adopted policies that make them allies, adversaries and enemies of the United States– simultaneously. Complex alliances are nothing new, but American alliances in the Muslim world have recently become far more complex than in years past. Why has the “AAE phenomenon” arisen, and what should be the implications for U.S. foreign and national security policy?

June 2014

The Approaching Deadline: Prospects For Final Deal With Iran

18th June 2014 - 10:00 AM

JINSA's Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy will host a panel discussion for its Iran Task Force on the prospects for a final deal on Iran's nuclear program. The Task Force recently released a report which judged that the current interim deal is not making a comprehensive agreement on Iran's nuclear program more likely to be achieved.  

May 2014

FDD’s Washington Forum 2014

1st May 2014 - 8:00 AM

The theme for this year's Washington Forum was "The Middle East in Transition: Allies, Adversaries and Enemies." With Washington attempting to minimize its exposure to conflict, America's foreign policy in the Middle East is in flux. Our ties with longstanding allies, including Israel and the Gulf States, are strained. Our ties with self-declared enemies, Iran in particular, are in transition. Is a new approach evolving? If so, is the region becoming more stable or volatile? More broadly, do the old distinctions between allies, adversaries and enemies still hold?


February 2014

Terrorism Finance in Turkey: A Growing Concern

27th February 2014 - 12:00 PM

A Conversation with John Cassara, Svante Cornell, Jonathan Schanzer, Tom Joscelyn, and John Hannah

Turkey has been rocked by a sweeping corruption scandal. Prime Minister Erdogan has responded by reassigning policemen and prosecutors, and clamping down on press freedom. While these actions have prompted only muted criticisms from the West, some of the cases raise troubling questions about terrorist activity in Turkey – including financial ties to Iran, Hamas, and even al-Qaeda figures. FDD has produced research recently on these issues. But many questions remain.

The Levant Unraveling: How the Crisis in Syria is Impacting the Region

7th February 2014 - 12:00 PM

A Conversation with Jonathan Spyer, Tony Badran, Michael Doran, Oubai Shahbandar and John Hannah

How has Assad’s strategy evolved? With various factions and stakeholders pitted against each other, how are the competing endgames and tactics of groups like ISIS and Nusra impacting the dynamic of the conflict? How are the reverberations from the ever-bloodier conflict in Syria being felt far beyond its borders in Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and the Palestinian territories? What will the Montreux talks mean for Syria and the path forward for the international community? How are Iran and Hezbollah influencing the conflict and altering the situation on the ground? What is the way forward?

September 2013

Crossing the Red Line: The Crisis in Syria and the US Response

3rd September 2013 - 12:00 PM

A Conversation with John Hannah, Tony Badran, and Cliff May

Strong evidence that the regime of Bashar al-Assad used chemicals weapons against civilians – thereby crossing what President Obama has called a “red line” – has led to reports that the U.S. could hit Syrian targets as early as next Thursday.  What should be the objective of any response? Can the United States and its allies prevent further humanitarian catastrophe? Is that their responsibility and at what cost? What will the American response mean for other regional actors—Lebanon, Israel, Iran and Turkey among them?

January 2013

Iran and the International Community: Policy Considerations for 2013

30th January 2013 - 9:01 AM

The Henry Jackson Society and Foundation for Defense of Democracies present

On Wednesday, 30th January, HJS and FDD co-hosted the highest-level conference that has been held in Britain on the topic of Iran, its nuclear programme, record of human rights abuses and what can practically be done about the pressing matters facing the West and its allies. The event was attended by over 200 people including top-level policymakers, legislators, journalists and experts.

September 2012

Uneasy Balance: Weighing Turkish, Syrian, and Kurdish Interests

10th September 2012 - 4:00 PM

A conversation with Tony Badran, Soner Cagaptay, John Hannah, Dr. Fuad Hussein and Ilhan Tanir

As the Assad regime loses Aleppo and its countryside, will this region become a de facto sphere of Turkish influence in Syria? How does Turkey intend to deal with potential Kurdish autonomy in Syria, where the PKK has a significant support? How will Syria's Sunni Arab rebels deal with the Kurds' gains? Will the current Kurdish divide between pro-PKK and pro-Barzani parties lead to a Kurdish subset of the Syrian civil war? What is Washington's plan to offset the potential fragmentation of Syria?

July 2012

Assad’s Coming Downfall?

20th July 2012 - 9:30 AM

A Conversation with David Enders, Ammar Abdulhamid, John Hannah, and Reuel Marc Gerecht

Unbeknownst to most Americans, reports suggest that the rebels fighting Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad may have taken control of a growing portion of the country, and may now be closer to wresting it away from him altogether. While some Syrian soldiers have defected to Turkey, many more are deserting, or simply refusing to fight. Is Assad's central authority breaking down?

June 2012

Egypt’s Elections: The End of the Revolution,  or a New Beginning?

17th June 2012 - 7:30 PM

A Conversation with Khairi Abaza, Steven Cook, John Hannah and Oren Kessler

Egypt has reached an historical crossroads. The two presidential candidates, Mohamed Morsi and Ahmed Shafik, present very different visions for Egypt. Shafik represents the old guard of the Mubarak era.  Morsi represents the ascendant Muslim Brotherhood.  In the wake of this momentous election, what direction will Egypt take? 

The Future of Lebanon

14th June 2012 - 7:29 PM

A conversation with Tony Badran, John Hannah, Hassan Mneimneh, and Amal Mudallali

Sectarian tensions in Syria are simmering and increasingly spilling over into Lebanon. Which actors are maneuvering for position in Lebanon? What role has Hezbollah played and has it been weakened as some have asserted? How successful is the Syrian attempt to destabilize the Sunni street in Lebanon? How serious is the al-Qaeda presence in the Levant? What further jockeying will take place in the lead up to the Lebanese elections in 2013?

March 2012

Iran and Syria Today

6th March 2012 - 4:30 AM

A conversation with Irwin Cotler, Reuel Marc Gerecht, and John Hannah
Hosted by Canadian Senator Linda Frum and FDD

December 2011

Washington Forum 2011

6th December 2011 - 7:00 PM

Ideology, Power, and Alliances in a Changing Middle East
FDD's Annual Policy Summit

December 7-9, 2011
555 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington, DC

October 2011

The U.S.-Israel Relationship: Twenty Years after Oslo

2nd October 2011 - 7:00 PM

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation is pleased to sponsor the Foundation for Defense of Democracies/Hudson Institute day-long conference titled “The U.S.-Israel Relationship: Twenty Years after Oslo.” The conference will explore the value and strategic importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship. Discussions will focus on the diverse and growing challenges facing the two nations ranging from attempts to isolate and delegitimize Israel at the United Nations to Iran’s nuclear ambitions to the dramatic shifts taking place as a result of the Arab Spring.