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John Hannah

John Hannah is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, focusing on U.S. strategy. During the presidency of George W. Bush, he served for eight years on the staff of Vice President Cheney, including as the vice president's national security advisor.

01 August 2019 01:43 PM

Iran-backed militias are in Iraq to stay

They’ll gladly accept the political and legal cover of being an integral part of the state, and the greater access to state assets.

01 June 2019 10:01 PM

Iran might not be able to wait Trump out

I don’t see much mystery in the recent ratcheting up of tensions between the United States and Iran. US sanctions are crushing the Iranian economy. The ever-tightening vice has proved increasingly threatening to Iran’s leaders. In response, they have been scrambling for ways to push back and force the United States to relent without triggering a potentially suicidal conflict with the US military. The US intelligence community detected the spike in Iranian preparations to target American interests, resulting in the decision to augment US forces in the region as well as a flurry of public warnings meant to deter any challenge