MESSAGE TRAFFIC: A Conversation with Gregory D. Johnsen

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Presented by The New York Center for Foreign Policy Affairs, MESSAGE TRAFFIC is produced in Washington, DC and features government / foreign policy thought leaders discussing the pressing issues facing international affairs. MESSAGE TRAFFIC is moderated by Principal Director Justin Russell.

Join the conversation on Wednesday, February 10th, when Justin interviews Gregory D. Johnson of the Brookings Institute Center for Middle East Policy.

Gregory D. Johnsen has been a Peace Corps volunteer in Jordan, a Fulbright Fellow in Yemen, and a Fulbright-Hays Fellow in Egypt. In 2013-14 he was selected as BuzzFeed’s inaugural Michael Hastings National Security Reporting Fellow where he won a Dirksen Award from the National Press Foundation and, in collaboration with Radiolab, a Peabody Award.

He has a doctorate from Princeton University, and master’s degrees from Princeton and the University of Arizona. Johnsen is the author “The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America’s War in Arabia” (WW Norton) which has been translated into multiple languages.

From 2016 – 2018 he served on the Yemen Panel of Experts for the U.N. Security Council. In 2019, he served as the lead writer for the Syria Study Group. His writing on Yemen and terrorism has appeared in, among others, the New York Times, the Atlantic Monthly, and Foreign Policy.

He is also the editor of the Yemen Review and a non-resident fellow for the Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies.

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