Michael E. O'Hanlon

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Co-Director, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence | Director of Research, Foreign Policy | Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence | The Sydney Stein, Jr. Chair

Big Bets & Black Swans: A Presidential Briefing Book - Solidify the U.S.-Afghanistan Alliance

Michael O’Hanlon specializes in national security and defense policy. Before joining Brookings, O'Hanlon worked as a national security analyst at the Congressional Budget Office. His current research agenda includes military strategy and technology, Northeast Asia, U.S. Central Command and defense budgets, among other defense and security issues. | View Full Bio

  • Interview | RT

    December 21, 2014

  • Expert Q & A | Michael E. O'Hanlon

    Sequestration and U.S. Defense Spending: Healing the Wounded Giant

    May 13, 2013

  • Expert Q & A | Michael E. O'Hanlon

    Karzai and Obama Meet in Washington: What Does the Future Hold?

    January 10, 2013

  • Expert Q & A | Michael E. O'Hanlon

    Is Arms Control Still A National Security Priority?

    October 16, 2012

  • In the News

    [There] weren't great hopes right now for peace talks [with the Taliban in Afghanistan] at the moment in any case.

    May 16, 2012, Michael E. O'Hanlon, CNN
  • In the News

    To see the president emphatically state as a matter of wartime leadership that we are really working closely in a committed way with our Afghan partners I think it was an important message. He made it pretty clear that, if he's reelected at least, he'll see the mission past 2014 as important but very limited and very focused.

    May 3, 2012, Michael E. O'Hanlon, CBS News
  • In the News

    I tend to think we have two outstanding candidates, two honorable men who are pragmatic and fairly centrist in a lot of their views of the world. But their campaigns are already in overdrive, even on an issue that you would consider to be relatively non-divisive, like the death of Osama bin Laden. And I think both campaigns need to look in the mirror a little bit and ask just where they want to take the country these next six months.

    May 2, 2012, Michael E. O'Hanlon, National Public Radio
  • In the News

    [Clinton’s] not the one with the sweeping vision… But she's pragmatic and sensible. I'd say that she has a solid, workmanlike record.

    April 25, 2012, Michael E. O'Hanlon, The Huffington Post
  • In the News

    If Assad has…really made headway against [Syrian] insurgents, …there is a good chance he will 'win' without too much American pushback.

    March 29, 2012, Michael E. O'Hanlon, Reuters

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