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.
Phone: (202) 638-2411
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned unexpectedly on Saturday in a televised speech broadcast from Saudi Arabia. Media reports indicated a possible plot to kill Hariri, whose father was assassinated in a Beirut car bombing 12 years ago. Hariri, a Sunni Muslim, blamed the growing influence of Iran in Lebanon’s affairs for his departure. […]
The IDF announced Monday that it had blown up part of a terrorist tunnel dug under Israeli territory near the border with Gaza. Seven operatives died in the tunnel’s collapse. According to Palestinian news organizations, five of the Palestinians killed belonged to the terrorist group Islamic Jihad, including a commander, Arafat abu Murshid. Two Hamas […]
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hosted Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in Jerusalem earlier this week to have a candid conversation about the war in Syria. Just hours before the visit, an Israeli warplane bombed a Syrian surface-to-air missile site, highlighting the volatile nature of the ongoing conflict. For Israeli leaders, Iran’s influence in Syria topped the agenda, […]