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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

Putin Escalates Campaign in Ukraine, Testing Biden

April 14, 2021

Russia continued a military build-up in eastern Ukraine this week, deploying additional forces to areas it illegally occupies and launching offensive military exercises in the region.  The Russian navy announced Friday that two missile ships, Graivoron and Vyshny Volochek, would conduct surface and aerial target practices in the Black Sea. Other vessels, including a frigate, […]

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.” […]

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