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Unfinished Business: U.S. Overseas Military Presence in the 21st Century


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Michael O'Hanlon is a senior fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, where he specializes in U.S. defense strategy, the use of military force, homeland security and American foreign policy. He is a visiting lecturer at Princeton University, and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Council on Foreign Relations.

O'Hanlon s latest book is Defense Strategy for the Post-Saddam Era (Brookings, 2005). He also recently completed The Future of Arms Control (Brookings, 2005), co-authored with Michael Levi, as well as a related book, Neither Star Wars nor Sanctuary: Constraining the Military Uses of Space (Brookings, 2004). Together with Mike Mochizuki, he wrote Crisis on the Korean Peninsula (McGraw-Hill) in 2003, as well as Expanding Global Military Capacity for Humanitarian Intervention (Brookings) that same year.

In 2002, O'Hanlon and seven colleagues wrote Protecting the American Homeland, a book updated in 2003. A subsequent coauthored book, Protecting the Homeland 2006/2007, was released in early 2006. His other ongoing work includes a book with Richard Bush on controlling the danger of any serious crisis or war against China over Taiwan, should such an eventuality develop in the future.

O'Hanlon's other works include Defense Policy Choices for the Bush Administration (Brookings, 2002); Defending America: The Case for National Missile Defense (Brookings, 2001), co-authored with James Lindsay; Technological Change and the Future of Warfare (Brookings, 2000); and Winning Ugly: NATO's War to Save Kosovo (Brookings, 2000), co-authored with Ivo Daalder. His major articles include "Iraq Without a Plan," Policy Review (January 2005); "Clinton s Strong Defense Legacy," Foreign Affairs, November/December 2003); and "Flawed Masterpiece: Assessing the Afghanistan Campaign," Foreign Affairs (May/June 2002). He is also the senior scholar responsible for Brookings Iraq Index, which he has created and compiled with Nina Kamp.

O'Hanlon has written at least a dozen op-eds in each of the following newspapers: The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, and The Japan Times. He has also contributed to The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many other papers. O'Hanlon has appeared on the major television networks more than 150 times since September 11, 2001, and has contributed to CNN, MSNBC, BBC, and FOX some 300 times over that same period. He is also a commentator for Alhurra television.

O'Hanlon was an analyst at the Congressional Budget Office from 1989-1994. He also worked previously at the Institute for Defense Analyses. His Ph.D. from Princeton is in public and international affairs; his bachelor's and master's degrees, also from Princeton, are in the physical sciences. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Congo/Kinshasa (the former Zaire) from 1982-1984, where he taught college and high school physics in French.
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