Michael E. O'Hanlon

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Michael E. O'Hanlon is a "senior fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, where he specializes in U.S. defense strategy and budgeting, homeland security, Northeast Asian security, and humanitarian intervention. He is also adjunct professor at the public policy school of Columbia University, a visiting lecturer at Princeton University, and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Council on Foreign Relations."[1]

He is a member of the Advisory Board at the Center for a New American Security [2]

O'Hanlon's Petraeus conflict of interest

On September 22, 2007, Fox News "aired American Commander: Gen. David Petraeus, a one-hour biographical account of the top commander in Iraq. The program, a narrative of Petraeus’s life from birth until his controversial Congressional testimony, featured stories from old neighbors to high school buddies to fellow military officials.

"One of the most prominent interviewees was Brookings Institution analyst Michael O'Hanlon. Fox highlighted the fact that O’Hanlon has enjoyed a 20-year personal relationship with the general, extending back to graduate school," Think Progress reported September 23, 2007.[3]

Published works

  • Co-authored with Mike Mochizuki, Crisis on the Korean Peninsula (McGraw-Hill, 2003).
  • Expanding Global Military Capacity for Humanitarian Intervention (2003).
  • Co-authored with six colleagues, Protecting the American Homeland: A Preliminary Analysis (2002).
  • Defense Policy Choices for the Bush Administration (2002).
  • Co-authored with James Lindsay, Defending America: The Case for National Missile Defense (Brookings, 2001).
  • Technological Change and the Future of Warfare (copyright 2000) ("describes and assesses the hypothesis that a contemporary revolution in military affairs is within reach.")
  • Co-authored with Ivo Daalder, Winning Ugly: NATO's War to Save Kosovo (Brookings, 2000).

Major articles

  • "Clinton's Strong Defense Legacy", Foreign Affairs, November/December 2003.
  • "A Flawed Masterpiece: Assessing the Afghanistan Campaign," Foreign Affairs, May/June 2002.
  • "Getting Serious About Iraq," Survival (with Philip Gordon and Martin Indyk, Autumn 2002).
  • "Come Partly Home, America," Foreign Affairs, March/April 2001.
  • "Why China Cannot Conquer Taiwan," International Security, Fall 2000.

O'Hanlon "has also written op-eds for the following newspapers: The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and several others. He has appeared on the major television networks more than 100 times since September 11, 2001 and also appears frequently on the CNN, MSNBC, BBC, and FOX networks."[1]


"Prior to beginning his work at Brookings in 1994, 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," his Brookings profile states.[1]


Also see


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Scholars: Michael E. O'Hanlon, Brookings Institution.
  2. Advisory Board, Center for a New American Security, accessed January 14, 2011.
  3. Satyam Khanna, "O’Hanlon’s Conflict Of Interest Revealed On Fox News’ One-Hour Petraeus Special," Think Progress, September 23, 2007.

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