At A Glance:

Michael Pregent is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute. He is an expert on intelligence and Middle Eastern affairs. 

Biography

Michael Pregent is a senior 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.

Mr. 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 against 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.

Mr. 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.

Mr. Pregent served as an embedded advisor with the Peshmerga in Mosul from  2005-2006. 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 master's in strategic public relations from George Washington University and is a graduate of the US Army’s Defense Language Institute in Modern Standard Arabic and Egyptian Dialect. Mr. Pregent is a free-lance writer for the The Wall Street Journal and a contributing writer to the Daily Beast.

Mr. 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.

Events
26
November 2019
Past Event
The U.S. Response to Iraq's Growing Corruption and Political Unrest
Featured Speakers:
Michael Pregent
Patricia Karam
Rend Al-Rahim
Reuel Marc Gerecht
26
November 2019
Past Event
The U.S. Response to Iraq's Growing Corruption and Political Unrest

Hudson Institute will host a panel of experts to discuss how Iran is working to further destabilize Iraq and the development in U.S. foreign policy to

Tuesday 6:30 - 8:30AM
Featured Speakers:
Michael Pregent
Patricia Karam
Rend Al-Rahim
Reuel Marc Gerecht
17
October 2019
Past Event
Reshaping U.S. Foreign Policy to Address Current Threats in the Middle East
Featured Speakers:
Nadia Bilbassy
Mike Doran
Patricia Karam
Michael Pregent
17
October 2019
Past Event
Reshaping U.S. Foreign Policy to Address Current Threats in the Middle East

Experts discuss the Middle East

Thursday 7:45 - 9:30AM
Featured Speakers:
Nadia Bilbassy
Mike Doran
Patricia Karam
Michael Pregent
13
September 2019
Past Event
Enemy at the Gate: Israel’s Iran Problem
Featured Speakers:
Nadia Bilbassy-Charters
Ambassador Alberto Fernandez
Derek Harvey
Michael Pregent
Israel independence celebrations fly over. (Getty Images)
13
September 2019
Past Event
Enemy at the Gate: Israel’s Iran Problem

Experts discuss Iraq, Iran, and Israel

Friday 7:45 - 9:30AM
Israel independence celebrations fly over. (Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Nadia Bilbassy-Charters
Ambassador Alberto Fernandez
Derek Harvey
Michael Pregent
21
August 2019
Past Event
Trump's Maximum Pressure Campaign: Rally Allies and Rattle Iran
Featured Speakers:
Fatima al-Asrar
Joyce Karam
Brian Katulis
Michael Pregent
Behnam Ben Taleblu
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks from the State Department briefing room. (Getty Images)
21
August 2019
Past Event
Trump's Maximum Pressure Campaign: Rally Allies and Rattle Iran

Experts discuss tensions with Iran

Wednesday 6:45 - 8:30AM
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks from the State Department briefing room. (Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Fatima al-Asrar
Joyce Karam
Brian Katulis
Michael Pregent
Behnam Ben Taleblu