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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

Sunni Insurgents Target IRGC

February 14, 2019

A suicide bomber killed 27 members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on Wednesday, the latest in a series of attacks against the Iranian government in the southern province of Sistan-Baluchestan. Iranian state media reported that Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice) claimed responsibility for the attack. The group, founded in 2012, has committed dozens […]

Bolton Talks Syria in Israel, Shunned in Turkey

January 11, 2019

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo headed to the Middle East this week to clarify President Trump’s Syrian exit strategy, reassuring allies that the administration would not withdraw unconditionally. President Trump inherited some 2,000 American troops in Syria, many of whom are special forces operators or deployed with Kurdish […]

Iranian Hackers Charged in Ransomware Attack

November 30, 2018

The  U.S. Department Justice (DOJ) announced this week that it had filed indictments against two Iranian men for a 2016 hacking attack against Western companies and institutions. Officials contend that the perpetrators earned six million dollars in the scheme, named SamSam, while causing major disruptions to its victims. The attack worked by gaining access to […]

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