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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

Amid Navalny’s Recovery, German Inaction

September 24, 2020

Doctors in Germany released Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny from hospital on Tuesday, following extensive treatment for poisoning. While growing evidence indicates Kremlin involvement in Navalny’s life-threatening illness, Berlin seems unlikely to punish Moscow for it.  German Chancellor Angela Merkel has characterized the attack as an “attempted murder,” and said a Russian nerve agent was […]

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 […]

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