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Michael Pregent

Senior Fellow

Mike 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.

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.

Syria’s Proxy Battle: Regional Players and U.S. Policy October 3 Event

Iraq: Escalating Domestic and Regional Tensions September 19 Event

The War on Something-ism: 17 Years and Counting September 10 Event

Syria: Obstacles to Reconstruction and Stability August 29 Event

Iraq: Political Parties, Protests, and Security August 17th Event

Iran: Protests, Sanctions, and Regime Viability August 15 Event

The Iraqi Elections: Waiting for Sadr and Soleimani May 22 Event

Trump and the JCPOA: It’s the End of the World As We Know It? May 9 Event

Iran’s Entrenched Footprint in Iraq and Syria April 26 event

Consolidating and Losing Gains in Syria March 13 Event

Reconstructing Iraq: Challenges Ahead February 22nd Event

The Fate of the Iran Deal: Trump’s Strategy for the Middle East October 13th Event

Iraq After the Kurdistan Referendum: What Next? October 5th Event

Iran's Land Bridge: Countering a Growing Influence in the Middle East September 29th Event

Russian Interference: Past, Present, and Future July 6th Event

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

A View of the U.S. Election From Iraq November 4th Event

ISIS: On the Verge of Defeat or Transforming Itself for the Long Haul? September 13th Event

After Mosul: The Imperative of Bolstering U.S. Allies September 9th Event

How Should the U.S. Roll Back and Defeat the Islamic State? March 19th Event

Can the Obama Administration’s ISIS Strategy Work? October 17th Event