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Michael E. O’Hanlon

Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence

Director of Research - Foreign Policy

Co-Director - Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence

The Sydney Stein, Jr. Chair

Michael O'Hanlon is a senior fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution, where he specializes in U.S. defense strategy, the use of military force, and American national security policy. He co-directs the Center on 21st Century Security and Intelligence there with retired General John Allen. O’Hanlon is also director of research for the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia, Princeton, and Syracuse universities and University of Denver. He is also a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. O’Hanlon was a member of the external advisory board at the Central Intelligence Agency from 2011 to 2012. He is a commentator and consultant on Alhurra TV.

O’Hanlon’s latest books are “The Future of Land Warfare” (Brookings, 2015); “Healing the Wounded Giant” (Brookings); and “Strategic Reassurance and Resolve: U.S.-China Relations in the 21st Century” (the latter with Jim Steinberg, published by Princeton University Press, 2014). Previously, he wrote “Bending History: Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy” (with Martin Indyk and Kenneth Lieberthal, Brookings, March 2012); “The Wounded Giant: America’s Armed Forces in an Age of Austerity” (Penguin Press, 2011); “A Skeptic’s Case for Nuclear Disarmament” (Brookings, 2010); “Toughing It Out in Afghanistan” (with Hassina Sherjan, Brookings, 2010); and “The Science of War” (Princeton University Press, 2009). He continues to co-author Brookings’s Afghanistan Index.

O’Hanlon’s other recent books include “A War Like No Other,” about the U.S.-China relationship and the Taiwan issue, with Richard Bush; a multi-author volume, “Protecting the Homeland 2006/2007” (Brookings, 2006); “Defense Strategy for the Post-Saddam Era” (Brookings, 2005); “The Future of Arms Control” (Brookings, 2005), co-authored with Michael Levi; “Neither Star Wars nor Sanctuary: Constraining the Military Uses of Space” (Brookings, 2004); and “Crisis on the Korean Peninsula” (McGraw-Hill) with Mike Mochizuki in 2003.

O’Hanlon has written several hundred op-eds in newspapers including The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Japan Times, USA Today, and Pakistan’s Dawn paper. O’Hanlon has appeared on television or spoken on the radio more than 3,000 times since September 11, 2001.

O'Hanlon was an analyst at the Congressional Budget Office from 1989 to 1994. He also worked previously at the Institute for Defense Analyses. His doctorate from Princeton is in public and international affairs; his bachelor's and master's degrees, also from Princeton, are in the physical sciences. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Congo/Kinshasa (the former Zaire) from 1982 to 1984, where he taught college and high school physics in French.

Affiliations:
Alhurra TV/Middle East Broadcasting, commentator and consultant
Columbia University, adjunct professor
Denver University, adjunct professor
Princeton University, adjunct professor
Syracuse University, adjunct professor

Michael O’Hanlon is a senior fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution, where he specializes in U.S. defense strategy, the use of military force, and American national security policy. He co-directs the Center on 21st Century Security and Intelligence there with retired General John Allen. O’Hanlon is also director of research for the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia, Princeton, and Syracuse universities and University of Denver. He is also a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. O’Hanlon was a member of the external advisory board at the Central Intelligence Agency from 2011 to 2012. He is a commentator and consultant on Alhurra TV.

O’Hanlon’s latest books are “The Future of Land Warfare” (Brookings, 2015); “Healing the Wounded Giant” (Brookings); and “Strategic Reassurance and Resolve: U.S.-China Relations in the 21st Century” (the latter with Jim Steinberg, published by Princeton University Press, 2014). Previously, he wrote “Bending History: Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy” (with Martin Indyk and Kenneth Lieberthal, Brookings, March 2012); “The Wounded Giant: America’s Armed Forces in an Age of Austerity” (Penguin Press, 2011); “A Skeptic’s Case for Nuclear Disarmament” (Brookings, 2010); “Toughing It Out in Afghanistan” (with Hassina Sherjan, Brookings, 2010); and “The Science of War” (Princeton University Press, 2009). He continues to co-author Brookings’s Afghanistan Index.

O’Hanlon’s other recent books include “A War Like No Other,” about the U.S.-China relationship and the Taiwan issue, with Richard Bush; a multi-author volume, “Protecting the Homeland 2006/2007” (Brookings, 2006); “Defense Strategy for the Post-Saddam Era” (Brookings, 2005); “The Future of Arms Control” (Brookings, 2005), co-authored with Michael Levi; “Neither Star Wars nor Sanctuary: Constraining the Military Uses of Space” (Brookings, 2004); and “Crisis on the Korean Peninsula” (McGraw-Hill) with Mike Mochizuki in 2003.

O’Hanlon has written several hundred op-eds in newspapers including The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Japan Times, USA Today, and Pakistan’s Dawn paper. O’Hanlon has appeared on television or spoken on the radio more than 3,000 times since September 11, 2001.

O’Hanlon was an analyst at the Congressional Budget Office from 1989 to 1994. He also worked previously at the Institute for Defense Analyses. His doctorate from Princeton is in public and international affairs; his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, also from Princeton, are in the physical sciences. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Congo/Kinshasa (the former Zaire) from 1982 to 1984, where he taught college and high school physics in French.

Affiliations:
Alhurra TV/Middle East Broadcasting, commentator and consultant
Columbia University, adjunct professor
Denver University, adjunct professor
Princeton University, adjunct professor
Syracuse University, adjunct professor

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