Michael Wahid Hanna (’95)

Category: Alumni Promise | Awards

Michael Wahid Hanna, a 1995 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences College Scholars program, is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation and a nonresident senior fellow at the Reiss Center on Law and Security at New York University School of Law. His work focuses on issues of international security, international law, and US foreign policy in the Middle East and South Asia. Hanna is the coeditor of Citizenship and Its Discontents: The Struggle for Rights, Inclusion and Pluralism in the Middle EastArab Politics Beyond the Uprisings: Experiments in an Era of Resurgent Authoritarianism; and Order from Ashes: New Foundations for Security in the Middle East.

He has published widely on US foreign policy in newspapers and journals, including articles in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the Los Angeles TimesDemocracyMiddle East ReportForeign AffairsForeign Policy, and Survival, among other publications. He appears regularly on PBS, BBC, and NPR, including appearances on Charlie Rose and PBS NewsHour.

Hanna directed The Century Foundation’s 2015 International Working Group on Pakistan, chaired by Ambassador Thomas Pickering, and served as a codirector of The Century Foundation’s 2011 International Task Force on Afghanistan, cochaired by Ambassador Pickering and Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi.

He served as a consultant for Human Rights Watch in Baghdad in 2008. Prior to joining The Century Foundation, Hanna was a senior fellow at the International Human Rights Law Institute. From 1999 to 2004, he practiced corporate law with the New York law firm Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. Fluent in Arabic, he was a Fulbright Scholar at Cairo University.

Hanna received a JD from New York University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Law Review. Hanna is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Michael Wahid Hanna
2013 Alumni Promise Award Winner