Michael Shank

Associate Director, Legislative Affairs



Michael Shank, Ph.D., is the Associate Director for Legislative Affairs at the Friends Committee on National Legislation in Washington, DC. Prior to joining FCNL, Michael served for several years as a congressional staffer, working as U.S. Congressman Michael Honda's senior policy advisor and communications director. Michael is also an adjunct professor and board member at George Mason University's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, senior fellow at the French American Global Forum and associate at the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict.

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 holds a Ph.D. from George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution with a dissertation focus in Climate Conflict.

Michael writes regularly for the Washington Post, US News and World Report, Financial Times, The Guardian, The Washington Times, Christian Science Monitor, The Nation, Politico, Roll Call and The Hill, among others. Additionally, Michael is an on-air analyst for FOX News, CCTV News, Al Jazeera, Russia Today, Current TV and CTV News.

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