Incisive, Principled Analysis of Global Conflicts



US Foreign Policy; Economic, Energy, and Environmental 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, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Somalia, South Korea, Spain, Syria, Turkey, Venezuela and Yemen.


Michael Shank, Ph.D., is the Associate Director for Legislative Affairs at the Friends Committee on National Legislation in Washington DC. Michael is also 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 Senior Fellow at the Just Jobs Network and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict.  Prior to joining FCNL, Michael served for four years as a congressional staffer, working as US Congressman Michael Honda's Senior Policy Advisor and Communications Director.

Michael's career over the past 20 years has involved UN, government and non-governmental organizations in the US, Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa and Latin America, as an adviser on diplomatic, economic, energy, and environmental security and policy initiatives. Michael's Ph.D. from George Mason University's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution focused on Climate Conflict.

Michael writes regularly for CNN, USA Today, Washington Post, FOX News, US News and World Report, Financial Times, The Guardian, The Washington Times, Christian Science Monitor, Politico, Roll Call, The Hill, Newsweek/DailyBeast, among others. Additionally, Michael is a frequent on-air analyst for FOX News, CCTV News, Al Jazeera, Russia Today, Current TV, CTV News and Voice of America.

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Contact Information



Phone & Email:
Mobile: 202.607.3944
Email: michael.john.shank (at) gmail.com