Larry Hanauer

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Senior International Policy Analyst
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M.A.L.D. in international relations, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; B.A. in English, University of Pennsylvania

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Larry Hanauer is a senior international policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, where his research focuses on foreign policy and national security.

From March 2005 to October 2010, Hanauer was a senior staff member of the U.S. House of Representatives' Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), one of two congressional committees charged with overseeing the U.S. Intelligence Community. During the 110th and 111th Congresses (2007–2010), Hanauer was staff director of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Human Intelligence, Analysis and Counterintelligence, which oversees the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the national security elements of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Defense counterintelligence organizations, and the intelligence components of the Departments of State, Treasury, Energy, and Homeland Security.

Before working for Congress, Hanauer was an associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he worked on intelligence-related projects for CIA, DIA, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and the Department of Homeland Security. From 1995 to 2003, Hanauer was a policy advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, during which time he contributed to U.S. defense policy toward Israel, Iraq, Eastern Europe, and West Africa.

Hanauer received his B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.A.L.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Selected Publications

Nancy J. Walker and Larry Hanauer, "EUCOM and Sub-Saharan Africa," Joint Force Quarterly, 1997

Laurence S. Hanauer, "Tatarstan and the Prospects for Federalism in Russia," Security Dialogue, 1996

Laurence S. Hanauer, "Fundamentalist Judaism, Territory and Settler Violence in the West Bank," Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 1995

Laurence S. Hanauer, "The Irrelevance of Self-Determination Law to Ethno-National Conflict: A New Look at the Western Sahara Case," Emory International Law Review, 1995

Honors & Awards

  • Exceptional Civilian Service Medal, Secretary of Defense


  • U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, and the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi before resuming talks over Iran's nuclear program in Lausanne, March 16, 2015

    Don't Scare Off Investors from Iran

    Non-American corporations must decide whether the benefits of pursuing business opportunities in Iran outweigh the risks, and they will likely stay away as long as Congress keeps debating the imposition of new sanctions. Their reluctance to invest could prevent Iran from seeing the economic benefits of a nuclear deal, which could lead the Iranian government to pull out of it — bringing the U.S. and its allies back to square one.

    Mar 27, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report

  • Iran's President Hassan Rouhani during a news conference at the 69th United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, September 26, 2014

    Congress Should Delay New Iran Sanctions

    The new Congress is racing to pass legislation that would institute new sanctions on Iran during ongoing nuclear negotiations. This undermines U.S. efforts to peacefully eliminate the threat of an Iranian nuclear weapon.

    Jan 23, 2015 | The Hill

  • Russia's Prime Minister Medvedev and President Putin attend a meeting with members of the Russian Parliament in Yalta, Crimea, August 14, 2014

    Crimean Adventure Will Cost Russia Dearly

    Moscow may have overreached, as it appears ill-prepared to come up with the necessary funds to cover Crimea-related costs. Infrastructure improvements, development aid, government operations, and other costs will be a multi-billion drain -- as much as $4.5 billion per year.

    Sep 8, 2014 | The Moscow Times

  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (2nd R) and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (R) walk as they arrive to the site of previously burnt ivory, in Nairobi National Park May 10, 2014

    In Africa: U.S. Promotes Security, China Does Business

    Africans require both security and economic growth. Global powers like China and the United States do not need to choose between the two when focusing their foreign policy efforts.

    May 31, 2014 | Reuters, The Great Debate blog

  • President Barack Obama and President Macky Sall of Senegal hold a bilateral meeting at the Presidential Palace in Dakar, Senegal, June 27, 2013

    To Help Africa, Do Business There

    Competition from American industry would help drive Chinese firms to be more socially responsible and generate greater benefits for African communities, write Larry Hanauer and Lyle Morris.

    Jun 27, 2013 | U.S. News & World Report

  • President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden talk with Vice President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China and members of the Chinese delegation following their bilateral meeting in the Oval Office, Feb. 14, 2012.

    Agreeing to Disagree About Africa

    The Obama-Xi dialogue offers an opportunity to clarify both countries' interests in Africa and remove a potential irritant to U.S.-Chinese bilateral relations, write Larry Hanauer and Lyle Morris.

    Jun 6, 2013 | U.S. News & World Report

  • Farmer in Kirkuk, Iraq voices his concerns to a U.S. Army soldier

    U.S. Role in Kirkuk Could Promote Peace, Prevent Conflict in Northern Iraq

    No matter which presidential candidate occupies the White House in January, he should make a concerted effort to address Iraq's most combustible hotspot: the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, writes Larry Hanauer.

    Nov 5, 2012 | and

  • America and India: Growing Partners in Afghanistan

    A comprehensive Indian military training effort in Afghanistan would balance Pakistan's own involvement in the country, build upon a decade of American achievements in fighting the Taliban and al-Qaeda, and contribute to peace and security in the region, write Larry Hanauer and Peter Chalk.

    Aug 10, 2012 | The Diplomat

  • Strengthen the Bond

    In the long run, a more robust Indian military role in Afghanistan represents one of the best ways to advance New Delhi's strategic interests while fostering Kabul's continued security and economic development after US and NATO forces begin to withdraw in 2014, write Larry Hanauer and Peter Chalk.

    Jul 12, 2012 | Hindustan Times

  • The Case for Keeping U.S. Troops in Northern Iraq

    Both Iraqi and Kurdish officials have expressed concern that ethnic violence will break out in the north once U.S. troops withdraw. Though many state publicly that the U.S. "occupation" must end, some of these same officials say privately that they would like U.S. troops to remain as a go-between, writes Larry Hanauer.

    Aug 3, 2011 | CNN