Jackson Hannon received his bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies with an emphasis in Arabic, with a minor in Political Science, Economics, and a certificate in International Relations from the University of Utah. He recently spent time in Jordan studying Arabic. Jackson’s research interests include international security, Middle Eastern politics and history, and American multilateral and bilateral relations in the MENA region and Europe.
You can reach Jackson by email at jhannon [at] setadc [dot] org.
On August 13, President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (NDAA) into law. While the actual budget numbers are merely authorizations and not yet appropriations, ..Read more
Summary [caption id="attachment_4600" align="alignright" width="195"] Download PDF[/caption] On June 24, 2018 Turkey will hold its first election under the new presidential system that was adopted a..Read more
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