John P. Hannah

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Vice President Cheney with John Hannah (far left) aboard Air Force Two

John Peter Hannah (born January 5, 1962) is a senior counselor at Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and a senior advisor to Chairman Ron Wahid of Arcanum, a global strategic intelligence company and a subsidiary of Magellan Investment Holdings. [1] He was formerly a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a Washington, DC think tank which was founded in 1985. He is also a former national security adviser to U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney from 2005 to 2009.[2][3] He is affiliated with pro-Israeli lobby groups aimed at directing US foreign policy towards war with Iran. [4]

Early life[edit]

Hannah's father was an oil executive working for Shell in the 1960s and 1970s. The Hannah family was stationed in Libya before Muammar Gaddafi came to power and nationalized the oil industry. They returned to the U.S. in the late 1970s and lived in Huntington, New York, for several years, before moving to Bahrain. Hannah graduated from Huntington High School in 1980.[citation needed], then went on to graduate from Duke University and Yale Law School.


On October 31, 2005, Cheney named Hannah as his assistant for national security affairs. At the same time, Cheney appointed another Duke alumnus, David S. Addington, as his chief of staff. The two took over duties that had previously been jointly held by I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. Hannah had originally been on loan to the Office of the Vice President from the office of former State Department official and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton.[5]

On February 11, 2007, The Washington Post reported that an unnamed ambassador present in a meeting with Hannah had been "taken aback" by a remark Hannah made that the Bush administration considered 2007 to be "the year of Iran," with Hannah indicating that he believed a U.S. attack on that country to be a real possibility.[6][7][8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Hannah and his wife Laura have two children and are members of the Temple Sinai, Washington, D.C., having joined in the fall of 2006.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Former Cheney national security advisor is newest addition to Arcanum" (Press release). Arcanum. September 20, 2013.
  2. ^ Hannah, John."History and the Effort to Stop an Iranian Bomb - , May 18, 2009, accessed August 13, 2009.
  3. ^ Dreyfuss, Robert."Vice Squad", The American Prospect, April 17, 2006, accessed July 1, 2008.
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  5. ^ Jehl,Douglas."In Cheney's New Chief, a Bureaucratic Master", The New York Times, November 2, 2005, accessed July 2, 2008.
  6. ^ DeYoung, Karen."U.S. Keeps Pressure on Iran But Decreases Saber Rattling", The Washington Post, February 11, 2007, accessed July 2, 2008.
  7. ^ Taibbi, Matt."Hersh on secret White House plot to bomb Iran", Rolling Stone, April 2, 2007, accessed July 1, 2008.
  8. ^ Warrick, Joby."U.S. Is Said to Expand Covert Operations in Iran", The Washington Post, June 30, 2008, accessed July 1, 2008.
  9. ^ Hersh, Seymour."Preparing the Battlefield: The Bush Administration steps up its secret moves against Iran", The New Yorker, July 7, 2007.

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