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
The Turkish military launched an offensive against Kurdish forces this week, firing artillery across its border into the northwestern Syrian town of Afrin. Ankara has built up military forces in the area for the past week and engaged other regional powers ahead of the assault. Kurdish militia groups estimated that the Turkish army fired 70 […]
The Russian government published details of a reciprocal agreement on Thursday that would allow Moscow to use Egyptian air bases and airspace. The draft accord enables the Kremlin to expand its military presence in Egypt, a traditional U.S. ally, and the wider region. The proposed five-year deal comes after Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visited […]
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned unexpectedly on Saturday in a televised speech broadcast from Saudi Arabia. Media reports indicated a possible plot to kill Hariri, whose father was assassinated in a Beirut car bombing 12 years ago. Hariri, a Sunni Muslim, blamed the growing influence of Iran in Lebanon’s affairs for his departure. […]