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Michael Johnson

Senior Research Associate

Michael Johnson is a senior research associate at the Jewish Policy Center, editor of inCONTEXT, and contributing editor of the JPC journal, inFOCUS Quarterly. He specializes in analyzing terrorist groups in Sinai, Gaza, and the Golan Heights, as well as national security issues more broadly.

Mr. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from American University in Washington, DC. During his time at American, Michael focused on Russia and other former Soviet Union states, as well as energy policy in Eurasia. He has also studied at the London School of Economics.

Email: mjohnson@jewishpolicycenter.org
Phone: (202) 638-2411

Articles By Michael Johnson

Iranian Diplomat Sentenced in Belgian Terror Plot

February 5, 2021

A court in Belgium convicted an Iranian diplomat for the attempted bombing of a 2018 Iranian opposition group Thursday. Antwerp Criminal Court sentenced Assadollah Assadi, who served as an undercover intelligence official at the Iranian Embassy in Vienna, to 20 years in prison.  According to prosecutors, Assadi served as the “operational commander” for the terrorist […]

Beijing Facilitates Ousting of Hong Kong Lawmakers

November 12, 2020

Fifteen pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong announced their resignation on Wednesday over the ousting of four pro-democracy members of the territory’s Legislative Council (LegCo). Earlier in the week, China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee passed a resolution allowing Hong Kong’s executive to remove legislators that threaten independence from the mainland or broadly defined “national security.” […]

Amid Navalny’s Recovery, German Inaction

September 24, 2020

Doctors in Germany released Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny from hospital on Tuesday, following extensive treatment for poisoning. While growing evidence indicates Kremlin involvement in Navalny’s life-threatening illness, Berlin seems unlikely to punish Moscow for it.  German Chancellor Angela Merkel has characterized the attack as an “attempted murder,” and said a Russian nerve agent was […]

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