Michael Shank is the Director of Foreign Policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation in Washington, D.C. Michael is also an adjunct professor at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution; Senior fellow at the French American Global Forum; Board member of the National Peace Academy; and Associate at the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict. 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’s career over the past 20 years has involved UN, government and non-governmental organizations in the U.S., 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, The Guardian, US News and World Report, Financial Times, The Washington Times, Christian Science Monitor, The Nation, 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’s Pashto, Dari, Urdu and Somali services.