Larry Hanauer

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Adjunct 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


Larry Hanauer is an adjunct international policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, where his research focuses on foreign policy and national security, particularly regarding Africa and the Middle East.

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

Charles Ries, Richard Brennan, Larry Hanauer, et. al., Ending the U.S. War in Iraq: The Final Transition, Operational Maneuver, and Disestablishment of United States Forces-Iraq, RAND (RR-232), 2013

Larry Hanauer and Lyle J. Morris, Chinese Engagement in Africa: Drivers, Reactions, and Implications for U.S. Policy, RAND (RR-521), 2014

Larry Hanauer, The Days After a Deal with Iran: Congress's Role in Implementing a Nuclear Agreement, RAND (PE-139), 2015

Larry Hanauer and Peter Chalk, India's and Pakistan's Strategies in Afghanistan: Implications for the United States and the Region, RAND (OP-387), 2012

Larry Hanauer and Laurel E. Miller, Resolving Kirkuk: Lessons Learned from Settlements of Earlier Ethno-Territorial Conflicts, RAND (MG-1198), 2012

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


  • World foreign ministers/secretaries of state in Vienna, Austria, July 14, 2015, when Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal

    RAND Experts Q&A on the Iran Nuclear Deal, One Year Later

    Looking back on the past year, five RAND experts respond to a series of critical questions about the Iran nuclear deal, its implementation, and potential challenges ahead.

    Jul 12, 2016

  • U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter meets with Chinese Gen. Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, at the Pentagon, June 11, 2015

    OPM Hack Poses Overlooked Counterintelligence Risk for Economic Espionage

    Since discovering the theft of personal information from an OPM database last spring, government officials have been preoccupied with assessing the risks to national security. But they must also address its potential to enable an adversary to steal valuable economic and commercial information.

    Feb 1, 2016 U.S. News & World Report

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif after the IAEA verified that Iran has met all conditions under the nuclear deal, January 16, 2016

    Iran Nuclear Deal Is Working, but Challenges Persist

    The nuclear agreement with Iran wisely made sanctions relief contingent on Iran's first having verifiably undertaken steps to dismantle its nuclear program. It has completed these tasks, and it is now the United States' turn to implement its obligations under the deal.

    Jan 19, 2016 The Hill

  • U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) addresses a rally against the Iran nuclear deal at the U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC, September 9, 2015

    Congress Should Monitor Iran Deal, Not Keep Trying to Kill It

    If Iranian compliance with the nuclear accord is Congress's goal, then legislators should focus on ensuring that the deal is effectively implemented.

    Sep 12, 2015 The Hill

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks after nuclear talks with Iran in Lausanne, Switzerland, April 2, 2015

    RAND Experts Q&A on the Iran Nuclear Framework

    President Barack Obama hailed last week's framework for an Iranian nuclear accord as a 'historic understanding,' and there was celebration in Iran, but many challenges remain.

    Apr 6, 2015 The RAND Blog

  • 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 The RAND Blog and

  • Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta passes and reviews members of the Indian military during an honors ceremony in Delhi, India

    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

  • U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta meets with Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, in Delhi, India, June 5, 2012

    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