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Michael E. O'Hanlon  

Director of Research and Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, 21st Century Defense Initiative Brookings Institution

Michael O'Hanlon is a senior fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution, where he specializes in U.S. defense strategy, the use of military force, homeland security and American foreign policy. He is a visiting lecturer at Princeton University and adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University.

O’Hanlon’s latest books are The Science of War (Princeton University Press, 2009) as well as Budgeting for Hard Power (Brookings, 2009). He is working on books on Afghanistan and the future of nuclear weapons policy, while contributing to Brookings’ Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan indices, at present.

O’Hanlon’s other recent books include Hard Power:The New Politics of National Security (with Kurt Campbell) and A War Like No Other, about the U.S.-China relationship and the Taiwan issue, with Richard Bush. His previous books include a multi-author volume, Protecting the Homeland 2006/2007 (Brookings, 2006); Defense Strategy for the Post-Saddam Era (Brookings, 2005); The Future of Arms Control (Brookings, 2005), co-authored with Michael Levi; and a related book, Neither Star Wars nor Sanctuary: Constraining the Military Uses of Space (Brookings, 2004). Together with Mike Mochizuki, he wrote Crisis on the Korean Peninsula (McGraw-Hill) in 2003; he also wrote Expanding Global Military Capacity for Humanitarian Intervention (Brookings) that same year.

O’Hanlon has written several hundred opeds in newspapers including The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, and The Japan Times. He has also contributed to The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many other papers. O’Hanlon has appeared on television or spoken on the radio about 2,000 times since September 11, 2001. He is also a commentator for Alhurra television.

O'Hanlon was an analyst at the Congressional Budget Office from 1989-1994. He also worked previously at the Institute for Defense Analyses. His Ph.D. from Princeton is in public and international affairs; his bachelor's and master's degrees, also from Princeton, are in the physical sciences. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Congo/Kinshasa (the former Zaire) from 1982-1984, where he taught college and high school physics in French.

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