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Dr. Michael Shank


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, Cameroon, Cuba, France, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Somalia, South Korea, Spain, Syria, Turkey and Venezuela.


Michael Shank, Ph.D., is the Director of Foreign Policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation in Washington DC. Michael is also Adjunct Faculty and Board Member at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Board Member at Communities Without Boundaries International, Senior Fellow at the French American Global Forum and the Just Jobs Network, and Associate at the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict. Prior to joining FCNL, Michael served for nearly 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 the Washington Post, FOX News, CNN, The Guardian, US News and World Report, Financial Times, USA Today, Politico, Roll Call, The Hill, Huffington Post, among others. Additionally, Michael is a frequent on-air analyst for FOX News, CCTV News, Current TV, Al Jazeera, Russia Today, CTV News and Voice of America.

Contact Information



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