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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.

In the Media

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MIchael Pregent on Fox News, October 14, 2018

MIchael Pregent on Fox News, October 14, 2018

Michael Pregent on VOA, September 26, 2018

Michael Pregent on VOA, September 26, 2018

Michael Pregent testifies before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, September 26, 2018

Michael Pregent testifies before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, September 26, 2018

Michael Pregent on Fox News, June 10, 2018

Michael Pregent on Fox News, June 10, 2018

Michael Pregent Testimony before the House Oversight Committee

Michael Pregent Testimony before the House Oversight Committee

Michael Pregent on the Wall Street Journal Podcast, May 14, 2018

Michael Pregent on the Wall Street Journal Podcast, May 14, 2018

Michael Pregent testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee, April 17, 2018

Michael Pregent testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee, April 17, 2018

Michael Pregent on Fox News, February 17, 2018

Michael Pregent on Fox News, February 17, 2018

Michael Pregent on CNN, January 29, 2018

Michael Pregent on CNN, January 29, 2018

Michael Pregent testifies before the House Oversight Committee, January 17, 2018

Michael Pregent testifies before the House Oversight Committee, January 17, 2018

Michael Pregent on Fox Business, August 14, 2017

Michael Pregent on Fox Business, August 14, 2017

Michael Pregent on Fox News, August 14, 2017

Michael Pregent on Fox News, August 14, 2017

North Korea Parade Weapons May be Fake, CNN, April 27, 2017

North Korea Parade Weapons May be Fake, CNN, April 27, 2017

What Did Trump Accomplish with the MOAB?, Fox News, April 13, 2017

What Did Trump Accomplish with the MOAB?, Fox News, April 13, 2017

Role of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in the Region: A Terror Group or an Ally? April 6, 2017

Role of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in the Region: A Terror Group or an Ally? April 6, 2017

Shia Militias Appear to be Menace in Mosul Offensive, Al-Jazeera, October 29, 2016

Shia Militias Appear to be Menace in Mosul Offensive, Al-Jazeera, October 29, 2016

On the Mosul Offensive, BBC, October 19, 2016

On the Mosul Offensive, BBC, October 19, 2016

The Fight Against ISIS Continues, The Buck Sexton Show, July 7, 2016

The Fight Against ISIS Continues, The Buck Sexton Show, July 7, 2016

Iraq's Fight Against ISIS, Washington Journal, July 4, 2016

Iraq's Fight Against ISIS, Washington Journal, July 4, 2016

Fallujah: A Fleeting Victory?, Wall Street Journal Video, June 20, 2016

Fallujah: A Fleeting Victory?, Wall Street Journal Video, June 20, 2016

Shia Revenge on Fallujah, John Batchelor Show, June 2, 2016

Shia Revenge on Fallujah, John Batchelor Show, June 2, 2016

Sectarian Division in the Battle for Fallujah, WNYC, May 31, 2016

Sectarian Division in the Battle for Fallujah, WNYC, May 31, 2016

Fallujah: Make or Break, Iraq Offensive Led by Shiite Militia, France 24, May 30, 2016

Fallujah: Make or Break, Iraq Offensive Led by Shiite Militia, France 24, May 30, 2016

Will Sanctions on Iran be Lifted Soon?, MSNBC, January 16, 2016

Will Sanctions on Iran be Lifted Soon?, MSNBC, January 16, 2016

How will Russia React to Turkey's Actions?, CNBC, November 24, 2015

How will Russia React to Turkey's Actions?, CNBC, November 24, 2015