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Michael Wahid Hanna – Senior Fellow

Michael Wahid Hanna
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Michael Wahid Hanna is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation. He works on issues of international security, international law, and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and South Asia.

Hanna co-authored Preparing for a Strategic Shift on US Policy Toward Egypt (with Brian Katulis, 2013), directs The Century Foundation's International Working Group on Pakistan, chaired by Ambassador Thomas Pickering, and served as a co-director of The Century Foundation's International Task Force on Afghanistan, co-chaired by Ambassador Pickering and Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi.

He has published widely on U.S. foreign policy in newspapers and journals, including articles in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe,  Christian Science Monitor, the New Republic, Democracy, Middle East Report, and World Policy Journal, among other publications, and is a frequent contributor to Foreign Policy. He appears regularly on MSNBC, PBS, BBC, NPR and al-Jazeera, including appearances on the Charlie Rose Show and UP with Steve Kornacki.

He served as a consultant for Human Rights Watch in Baghdad in 2008. Prior to joining The Century Foundation, Hanna was a senior fellow at the International Human Rights Law Institute.  From 1999 to 2004, Hanna practiced corporate law with the New York law firm Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton.  Fluent in Arabic, he was a Fulbright Scholar at Cairo University.  He received a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Law Review. Hanna is a term-member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Blog of the Century Posts by Michael Wahid Hanna
The Blasphemy Brigade
January 13, 2015
Preparing for a Strategic Shift on U.S. Policy Toward Egypt
November 20, 2013
Michael Hanna on Melissa Harris-Perry: A Brief History of the Muslim Brotherhood
August 19, 2013
Michael Hanna on Charlie Rose: A Chaotic and Bloody Day
August 16, 2013
Michael Hanna Talks Egyptian Protests from Cairo
August 14, 2013
Michael Hanna on Charlie Rose
July 31, 2013
Michael Hanna on PRI: Airy Promises, No Substance from Morsi Speech
July 3, 2013
Conditional Engagement from the U.S.: The Seven Pillars of the Arab Future
April 8, 2013
Pluralism: The Seven Pillars of the Arab Future
April 4, 2013
Decentralization and Regional Norms: The Seven Pillars of the Arab Future
April 2, 2013
Transitional Justice: The Seven Pillars of the Arab Future
March 28, 2013
Security-Sector Reform: The Seven Pillars of the Arab Future
March 27, 2013
Education: The Seven Pillars of the Arab Future
March 26, 2013
Economic Growth and Equality: the Seven Pillars of the Arab Future
March 25, 2013
The Seven Pillars of the Arab Future: Introduction
March 21, 2013
By Michael Wahid Hanna
John Kerry: There Can Only Be a Political Solution to the Conflict in Syria
March 16, 2015
Generation Gap Eats at Muslim Brotherhood
March 9, 2015
Egypt Removes Police Boss Who Helped Quell Islamist Protests
March 5, 2015
Obscure Group Says It Set Off Blasts in Egypt, Raising Alarm
February 26, 2015
Public Order and Egypt’s Statist Tradition
February 24, 2015
Libya’s New Agony
February 19, 2015
Egypt Agrees Fighter Jet Deal With France
February 12, 2015
In Post-Mubarak Egypt, Police Still Kill With Impunity
February 11, 2015
Region Feels Ripples From Yemen’s Turmoil as Embassies Close
February 11, 2015
Putin Receives Warm Royal Welcome In Egypt
February 10, 2015
Putin Landmark Visit to Egypt Yields Plan to Build Arab Country’s First Nuclear Power Plant
February 10, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin in Egypt to Meet Leader
February 9, 2015
The Blasphemy Brigade
January 13, 2015
Biggest U.S. Trade Visit Shows Egypt in Favor After Rift
November 11, 2014
Egypt Elevates an Official Hostile to U.S.
November 7, 2014
The Arab Spring Was No Failure, Says One Activist Who Refuses to Give Up
October 29, 2014
Islamic State opponents find it hard to counter appeal from the pulpit
October 14, 2014
In War of Ideas on Islamic State, Opponents Start With Handicap
October 9, 2014
Congressional Hearing on ISIS: Where is Syria?
September 18, 2014
Skepticism abounds as Obama prepares to unveil Islamic State strategy
September 10, 2014
UAE and Egypt warned over air raids in Libya
August 27, 2014
After First ISIS ‘Terrorist Attack’ On America, US Officials Consider Military Action In Syria
August 25, 2014
Why Maliki’s Ouster is No Magic Bullet for Iraq
August 22, 2014
The Threat Posed by Islamic State ISIS
August 15, 2014
The U.S. Should Rely on Local Troops, Continue Airstrikes and Help the Kurds
August 15, 2014
Risks and Realities of the Egyptian-Israeli Alliance Against Hamas
August 15, 2014
The Sisi Doctrine
August 13, 2014
The U.S. Is Bombing Iraq And Not Syria For Reasons That Look Really Familiar
August 13, 2014
What’s the US military’s next step in Iraq?
August 12, 2014
US to directly arm Kurdish peshmerga forces in bid to thwart Isis offensive
August 11, 2014
Back To Iraq? Tweet Reax
August 8, 2014
Truce enshrines Egypt’s mediator role in Gaza wars
August 6, 2014
How the Kidnapping of an Israeli Soldier Could Change the Course of the Conflict
August 4, 2014
Is There a State that Can Broker a Gaza Cease-Fire?
July 22, 2014
After Brief Lull in Gaza Crisis, Airstrikes Resume
July 18, 2014
Israel Renews Gaza Bombing After Hamas Rejects Truce Plan
July 18, 2014
Egypt Takes Back Seat As Israel Pounds Gaza Militants
July 10, 2014
Crackdown on Al Jazeera Journalists Helps Government Control Egypt’s Narrative
June 27, 2014
Anger and Dismay Online as Egypt Sentences Journalists
June 24, 2014
Obama’s Iraq dilemma: Fighting the ISIL puts US and Iran on the same side
June 19, 2014
God and State in Egypt
June 10, 2014
Inauguration Highlights Egyptian Leader’s Shaky Global Standing
June 10, 2014
Egypt Extends Presidential Vote a Third Day Amid Low Turnout
May 28, 2014
Egypt After the Election
May 23, 2014
Crackdown In Egypt Scares Off Presidential Candidates
May 13, 2014
Assad’s Military Gains Challenge Obama’s Syria Strategy
May 12, 2014
Meet Hamdeen Sabbahi, Egypt’s underdog presidential candidate
April 30, 2014
Vow of Freedom of Religion Goes Unkept in Egypt
April 28, 2014
Seesi in Egypt Savior Role Burdened by Hope Amid Blackouts
April 4, 2014
The King and O
April 4, 2014
Hopeful Egyptians look to Sisi for reform
April 4, 2014
Egypt’s Christians Place Their Faith in Al-Sisi’s Presidential Bid
March 31, 2014
Egypt, Saudi Arabia To Pressure Qatar At Summit
March 25, 2014
Foreign Policy: Chaos in Egypt
March 13, 2014
Gulf Monarchies Back Egypt’s Military Leader
March 10, 2014
Rift deepens between Qatar and its powerful Arab neighbors
March 10, 2014
Egypt’s New Dictator Was Made in the USA
February 21, 2014
Why Egypt Hates Al Jazeera
February 19, 2014
Here’s Why America’s Only P.O.W. Was Suddenly Shown Alive
February 13, 2014
Egypt’s Sabbahi to stand in presidential election
February 10, 2014
Human rights group slams Iraq over treatment of women in prison
February 7, 2014
Oscar-Nominated ‘The Square’ Distorts the Sad Reality for Democratic Movements
February 7, 2014
Persian Gulf Aid Can’t Fix Egypt
January 31, 2014
Popular Wave Could Lift Egypt Army Chief To Office
January 30, 2014
Obama State Of The Union Omits Egypt, The Country’s Second Snub In Past Week
January 30, 2014
A more-controlled Morsi appears in soundproof courtroom cage as trial resumes in Egypt
January 29, 2014
In Sisi, Egyptians see an iron fist and a silver bullet
January 29, 2014
Egypt’s Abdel Fatah al-Sisi given go ahead to run for president
January 28, 2014
Egypt’s military clears path to return to political rule
January 28, 2014
Army chiefs back Sisi for run at Egypt presidency
January 28, 2014
Militants Down Egyptian Helicopter, Killing 5 Soldiers
January 27, 2014
Twenty-nine dead in clashes on anniversary of Egypt uprising
January 27, 2014
Egypt Marks Anniversary as Jails Fill With Mubarak Foes
January 24, 2014
‘The Square’ is a beautiful documentary. But its politics are dangerous.
January 22, 2014
Syrian Rebels Say Cease-Fire Deals Prove Deceptive
January 17, 2014
Egyptians vote ‘yes’ in referendum—but what are they approving?
January 16, 2014
Syria Rebels Turn Against Most Radical Group Tied to Al Qaeda
January 13, 2014
Egypt’s interim president makes rare visit to Coptic Christian cathedral
January 6, 2014
Egypt May Hold Presidential Vote Before Election of Parliament
January 2, 2014
Egypt Detains Journalists It Says Aired ‘False News’
December 30, 2013
As Egypt hardliners gain, scope for conflict grows
December 26, 2013
Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi faces new set of charges
December 20, 2013
Egypt’s Morsi to be tried for ‘espionage,’ Hamas ties
December 20, 2013
Egypt may need Islamist support for new way forward
December 5, 2013
Idea of the Day: How We Should Prepare for a Strategic Shift in Policy Toward Egypt
November 22, 2013
Satirist’s Rise to Fame and Censure an Allegory for Egypt’s Press Freedom
November 4, 2013
The State of Political Satire in Egypt
November 4, 2013
Egypt’s Ex-President Is Defiant at Murder Trial
November 4, 2013
Iraq to Rebuild Sunni Militias as it Fights al-Qaeda and Woos US
October 31, 2013
Saudi Arabia Surprises World In Turning Down U.N. Security Council Seat
October 21, 2013
Post-Coup Egypt Gripped by Nationalist Fervor
October 9, 2013
Banning the Muslim Brotherhood might backfire on Egypt’s leaders
September 24, 2013
Egypt’s Christians Caught in Cross Fire
August 27, 2013
Egypt’s Christians Caught in Cross Fire
August 26, 2013
Experts: U.S. will not sever military aid to Egypt
August 23, 2013
Former Top Egyptian Militant Vows Peace, Warns Mubarak
August 23, 2013
Egypt’s Nightmare Scenario Draws Nearer
August 16, 2013
9 questions about Egypt you were too embarrassed to ask
August 15, 2013
Lawless Sinai Shows Risks Rising in Fractured Egypt
August 12, 2013
Required skimming: Syria and Egypt
August 12, 2013

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