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
Two gay men in Indonesia’s Aceh province received 83 lashes earlier this week after being convicted of “homosexual acts.” While human rights groups denounced the beatings, the punishment for perceived Islamic violations will likely become more common under recently enhanced Sharia law in the province. According to media reports, the men’s neighbors had entered into […]
President Donald Trump expressed his continuing support for civilian “safe zones” during a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, according to reports in U.S. media. The conversation marks the first direct communication since the U.S. bombed a Syrian air base last month, and is a preliminary step in fulfilling one of his […]
Attorneys representing victims of al-Qaeda’s Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and their families filed a lawsuit in federal court on Monday, March 20, 2017 seeking monetary damages from Saudi Arabia. The plaintiffs accuse Riyadh of supporting some of the 9/11 hijackers and providing funds to al-Qaeda. The lawsuit alleges that Saudi state-run charities and other government-associated […]