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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

Germany Belatedly Bans Hezbollah’s Activities

April 30, 2020

The German government designated Hezbollah as a terrorist organization Thursday, finally eliminating the distinction between the group’s military and political operations. The move may mark a turning point in European capitals, which have long advocated an arbitrary separation between Hezbollah’s militia and its less overtly violent activities.  Concurrently, police raided five sites linked to the […]

Trial of Former Syrian Officials Begin in Germany

April 24, 2020

The trial of two former Syrian intelligence officials began in Koblenz, Germany on Thursday, marking the first such court appearance for high-level human rights violations in Syria.  Prosecutors charged Anwar Raslan, a former colonel in a Syrian General Intelligence Directorate, ran investigations at the notorious al-Khatib detention facility in Damascus. Under Raslan’s leadership, guards at […]

Russia Frees Israeli-American Citizen

January 30, 2020

Russian President Vladimir Putin commuted the prison sentence of Israeli-American Naama Issachar on Wednesday, allowing her to leave Moscow. The 27-year-old woman had been a pawn in a diplomatic row between Moscow, Jerusalem, and Washington amid the pending extradition of a suspected Russian hacker held in the Jewish State.  Russian authorities arrested Issachar last April […]

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