Michael O’Hanlon

CNAS Board of Advisor

Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution

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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 a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Council on Foreign Relations.

O’Hanlon’s latest books are 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’s other works include Defense Policy Choices for the Bush Administration (Brookings, 2002); Defending America: The Case for National Missile Defense (Brookings, 2001), co-authored with James Lindsay; Technological Change and the Future of Warfare (Brookings, 2000); and Winning Ugly: NATO's War to Save Kosovo (Brookings, 2000), co-authored with Ivo Daalder. His major articles include “Iraq Without a Plan,” Policy Review (January 2005); "Clinton’s Strong Defense Legacy,” Foreign Affairs, November/December 2003); and "A Flawed Masterpiece: Assessing the Afghanistan Campaign," Foreign Affairs (May/June 2002). He is also the senior scholar responsible for Brookings’ Iraq Index, which he created and has compiled with Jason Campbell, Nina Kamp, and Adriana lins de Albuquerque.

O’Hanlon has written several hundred op-eds 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 more than 1,000 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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