Incisive, Principled Analysis of Global Conflicts



Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy; US Foreign Policy; Central, South and Southeast Asia; Horn of Africa; Middle East; Latin America; Poverty, Income Inequality and Violence

In-Country Work:

Afghanistan, Australia, Austria, Cameroon, Cuba, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, Somalia, South Korea, Spain, Syria, Turkey, Venezuela and Yemen.


Michael Shank, Ph.D., is the Director of Media Strategy at Climate Nexus in New York City. In 2013-2014, Michael served as the Associate Director for Legislative Affairs at the Friends Committee on National Legislation in Washington DC.  Prior to FCNL, Michael worked for four years as US Congressman Michael Honda's Senior Policy Advisor and Communications Director. Michael's Ph.D. from George Mason University's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution is on Climate Conflict.

Michael is Adjunct Faculty and a Board Member at George Mason University's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Board Member at Communities Without Boundaries International and Youth Court of DC, and Senior Fellow at the JustJobs Network and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict.

Michael is a former local columnist for  Washington Post's The Root DC and now is a columnist for US News & World Report and an energy insider for the National Journal. Michael also writes regularly for USA Today, The Guardian, Daily Beast, Roll Call, among others, and is an on-air analyst for CNN, FOX News, CCTV, Al Jazeera, and RT.

michael.john.shank (at) gmail.com