John P. Hannah

John P. Hannah

Senior Counselor, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Prior to hisĀ current position, from 2001-2009, Hannah served as one of Vice President Dick Cheney’s most trusted aides on national security issues. During the first term of President George W. Bush, he was the Vice President’s deputy national security advisor for the Middle East, where he was intimately involved in U.S. policy toward Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, the peace process, and the global war on terrorism. In President Bush’s second term, Mr. Hannah was elevated to the role of Vice President Cheney’s national security advisor, where he served as the Vice President’s top advisor on the full panoply of international issues from the Middle East to North Korea to Russia.

In his previous government service, Mr. Hannah worked as a senior advisor on the staff of Secretary of State Warren Christopher during the administration of President William J. Clinton, and as a senior member of Secretary of State James A. Baker’s Policy Planning Staff during the presidency of George H.W. Bush. Out of government, Mr. Hannah has served as deputy director and senior fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He has also practiced law, specializing in international dispute resolution. In addition to his work at FDD, Mr. Hannah is currently president of Global Futures LLC, a consulting firm that assists international clients in the areas of geo-political risk mitigation, government relations, and investment/trade promotion.

Mr. Hannah writes and speaks widely on issues related to American foreign policy. His articles have appeared in such publications as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He blogs regularly at and National Review Online.

Mr. Hannah received his B.A. from Duke University and J.D. from The Yale Law School.