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Michael Ryan

Dr. Ryan is an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute and a Senior Fellow at The Jamestown Foundation. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President at The Middle East Institute (2008-2009). The White House appointed him as Vice President in The Millennium Challenge Corporation (2006-2008).  Dr. Ryan also held senior positions in the Departments of State, Defense, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after joining the U.S. federal government in 1979 as a Middle East/North Africa analyst for the Department of Defense. He is author of Decoding Al-Qaeda’s Strategy: The Deep Battle against America (New York: Columbia University Press, August 2013).

B.A. at St. John's College; Ph.D. at Harvard University

Arabic, Egyptian colloquial, French, German

Countries of Expertise

Issues of Expertise
Al-Qaeda and associated groups, terrorism, military and security issues, counternarcotics, U.S. foreign assistance, Islam