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Michael Pregent

Adjunct Fellow

Mike Pregent is an adjunct fellow at Hudson Institute. He is a senior Middle East analyst, a former adjunct lecturer for the College of International Security Affairs, and a visiting fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University.

Pregent is a former intelligence officer with over 28 years experience working security, terrorism, counter-insurgency, and policy issues in the Middle East, North Africa, and Southwest Asia. He is an expert in Middle East and North Africa political and security issues, counter-terrorism analysis, stakeholder communications, and strategic planning.

He spent considerable time working malign Iranian influence in Iraq as an advisor to Iraq’s Security and Intelligence apparatus, including an embedded advisory role with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s extra-constitutional Office of the Commander-in-Chief. An office set up to ensure Iranian-backed Shia militia party control of Iraq’s security and political process.

Pregent served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm, served as a liaison officer in Egypt during the 2000 Intifada, as a counter-insurgency intelligence officer at CENTCOM in 2001, and as a company commander in Afghanistan in 2002.

Pregent served as an embedded advisor with the Peshmerga in Mosul 2005-06. Also, as a civilian SME working for DIA, he served as a political and military advisor to USF-I focusing on reconciliation, the insurgency, and Iranian influence in Iraq from 2007-2011. He was a violent extremism and foreign fighter analyst at CENTCOM from 2011-2013.

He holds a Masters in Strategic Public Relations from The George Washington University and is a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Defense Language Institute in Modern Standard Arabic and Egyptian Dialect. Mike is a free-lance writer for the The Wall Street Journal and a contributing writer to the Daily Beast.

Mike Pregent has numerous publications on ISIS, Iran’s Qods Force, and on Syria and Iraq. His writings have been published in Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy Magazine, The Tower Magazine, Long War Journal, New America Foundation, CNN, Al-Jazeera, Business Insider, and the Daily Beast.

He frequently appears as an expert analyst on Shia militias, Iran, Iraq, and ISIS with appearances on BBC World News, Al-Jazeera International, CNN, CNN International, and Fox News.

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Trump's Middle East Policy: Analyzing the First Hundred Days May 9th Event

The State of Iraq—and the Republic of Kurdistan?—After ISIS February 23rd Event

The Iran Deal Under Trump January 25th Event

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Michael Pregent quoted in VOA on Trump’s Saudi Arabia visit

Mike Pregent quoted in Fox News on North Korea’s military capabilities

Michael Pregent quoted in Business Insider on U.S. defense strategy in the Middle East

Michael Pregent quoted in USA Today on how the U.S. missile attack in Syria affected Russian-Syrian relations

Michael Pregent quoted in VOA on the next phase of ISIS

Hudson’s event, The Iran Deal Under Trump, written up in PowerLine

Michael Pregent quoted in LA Times on the U.S. helping train Iraqi militias historically tied to Iran

Michael Pregent quoted in Fox News on American jihadists returning home

Michael Pregent quoted in VOA News on what President Trump intends for al-Qaida and ISIS

Michael Pregent quoted in Business Insider on the Mosul battle

Michael Pregent quoted in VOA News on the initial successes of Iraq’s battle for Mosul

Michael Pregent quoted in VOA News what Iraq must accomplish with Mosul’s Sunni population after liberation from ISIS

West Iraq: The Search for Leaders and Leverage, a new report by Michael Pregent and Kevin Truitte, cited in Washington Times

Michael Pregent quoted in BBC on how IS militants have repeatedly been allowed to retreat by ground forces in Syria, Iraq and Libya

Michael Pregent quoted in VOA News on how the Islamic State may capitalize on the tensions between the Turks and the Kurdish forces

Michael Pregent quoted in Business Insider on Iran’s danger to the U.S.

Michael Pregent quoted in Business Insider on the Obama administration’s $400 million payment to Iran in the context of Iran’s American hostage release

Michael Pregent quoted in Business Insider on Iraqi militias suppressing the Sunni population

Michael Pregent quoted in Business Insider on how Shia militias’ role in the U.S. and Baghdad’s ISIS strategy creates Sunni distrust

Michael Pregent quoted in the Washington Post and Daily Caller on Shiite militias trying to recapture Fallujah from ISIS

Michael Pregent quoted in Voice of America on the offensive to retake Fallujah from Islamic State extremists

Michael Pregent quoted in Washington Times and Michael Doran quoted in Algemeiner on the recent revelations that White House adviser Ben Rhodes admitted to lying to the media about the Iran nuclear deal

Michael Pregent quoted in The Cipher Brief on the Syrian ceasefire

Michael Pregent quoted in The Economist on the prospect of Kurdish peshmerga fighters retaking Mosul

Michael Pregent quoted in Washington Free Beacon on what the Iraqi Army needs to retake Mosul

Michael Pregent quoted in VOA News on the possibility of a future conflict between the Kurdish forces and the Hashd

Michael Pregent quoted in Voice of America on the ideological schism in ISIS

Michael Pregent quoted in VOA News on Russia allying with the Kurds

Michael Pregent quoted in Business Insider on the merits of conducting a long and slow campaign to degrade ISIS leadership in Mosul

Michael Pregent quoted by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Washington Post on the topic of carpet bombing

Michael Pregent quoted in Fox News on why retaking Mosul will be more difficult than the recapture of Ramadi

Michael Pregent quoted in Business Insider on how Iran will step up its provocative actions after Implementation Day

Michael Pregent quoted in Daily Beast on the efficacy of Senator Bernie Sanders’ ISIS strategy

Michael Pregent quoted in Daily Caller on the Iraqi defense minister priasing al-Muhandis, a group that works closely with the leader of Iran’s Quds Force

Michael Pregent quoted in Politico on how Iran’s photographing and videotaping of captured U.S. soldiers violates the Geneva Convention

Michael Pregent quoted in Foreign Policy on the importance of keeping the Iran-leaning militias out of the fight in Iraq

Michael Pregent quoted in Foreign Policy on the authenticity of an alleged ISIS document to its fighters in Fallujah

Michael Pregent quoted in The Hill on what the dropping leaflets in Ramadi means for Iraqi men

Michael Pregent quoted in Business Insider on the ineffectiveness of carpet bombing ISIS

Michael Pregent quoted in Voice of America on the inadequacy of the U.S.‘s current ISIS strategy

Michael Pregent quoted in Business Insider on Iran’s invitation to Syrian peace talks

Michael Pregent quoted in Voice of America on flaws in the U.S. military plans in Syria

Michael Pregent quoted in Business Insider on the consequences of Iran’s invitation to participate in the Syria peace talks