Expertise: Middle East, political Islam, post-conflict stabilization and peacekeeping, United Nations

Hardin Lang is a senior fellow at American Progress, where he focuses on U.S. national security and multilateral affairs, Middle East policy, and the role of Islamists in the region. He comes to American Progress with 18 years of experience in peacekeeping, peacebuilding, and stabilization, including a 12-year career with the United Nations. Most recently, Lang was a senior fellow in the international security program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

During his tenure at the United Nations, he has served as head of office for former President Bill Clinton in his role as U.N. special envoy for Haiti, helped launch the U.N. stabilization in Mali, and managed peace operations in Afghanistan and Haiti. Other foreign deployments include a tour as a senior adviser to the U.N. special representative to Iraq and two years in the Balkans, where he helped draft Kosovo’s first interim constitution. He spent the first three years of his career in Central America working as a human rights advocate, before joining the international verification mission in Guatemala charged with overseeing an end to that country’s civil war.

Lang has led teams of international observers to monitor elections in Afghanistan, written for the Economist Intelligence Unit and Foreign Policy, and appeared on the BBC, NPR, and Fox News. He is on the advisory board for Building Markets, a nongovernmental organization dedicated to creating jobs in conflict-prone countries. Lang holds a master’s degree in public policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a master’s degree in international history from the London School of Economics.

By Hardin Lang
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Cautious Optimism in IraqU.S. News & World ReportNovember 8, 2017
Strengthening U.S. Options on IranCenter for American ProgressSeptember 28, 2017
America Alone at the United NationsThe National InterestSeptember 20, 2017
Playing the Long GameCenter for American ProgressAugust 30, 2017
The American People Deserve More Answers on AfghanistanCenter for American ProgressAugust 22, 2017
Losing the War of IdeasCenter for American ProgressAugust 17, 2017
Mosul Isn’t Mission AccomplishedU.S. News & World ReportJuly 10, 2017
Dereliction of Duty in AfghanistanU.S. News & World ReportJune 15, 2017
Trump’s One-Note Draft Budget Puts Lebanon at RiskThe National InterestJune 14, 2017
Congress must reenergize bipartisan consensus on humanitarian prioritiesThe HillMay 15, 2017
It’s Time for Trump to Tell America His Plan to Knock Out ISISFortuneApril 29, 2017
Rejuvenating the U.S. Partnership with KuwaitCenter for American ProgressApril 4, 2017
Trump Needs to Understand and Respect These 6 Basic Rules of CounterterrorismCenter for American ProgressMarch 29, 2017
Written Testimony by Hardin Lang for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee HearingSenate Foreign Relations CommitteeFebruary 28, 2017
6 Steps the Trump Administration Should Take in IraqCenter for American ProgressFebruary 13, 2017
President Trump Needs to Reverse Course on Iraq – and Fast.RealClearDefenseFebruary 1, 2017
How the Battle to Expel ISIS From Mosul Sets Up Challenges for Next U.S. PresidentThe Wall Street JournalOctober 28, 2016
Build on Obama’s Counterterrorism SuccessesU.S. News & World ReportSeptember 9, 2016
It’s not perfect, but pact enhances national securityOrlando SentinelAugust 31, 2016
We Need To Plan Now for the Day ISIS Is DefeatedNewsweekAugust 8, 2016
After LiberationCenter for American ProgressJuly 26, 2016
Strengthening the Palestinian Economy to Keep a Two-State Solution ViableCenter for American ProgressApril 13, 2016
The Flow of Foreign Fighters to the Islamic StateCenter for American ProgressMarch 17, 2016
As Syria Crisis Worsens, an Option to Help Refugees Help ThemselvesThe Wall Street JournalFebruary 11, 2016
Focus on the Refugees Still in the Middle EastThe National InterestJanuary 29, 2016
Executive Power and the Role of Congress in the Paris Climate and Iran Nuclear AgreementsCenter for American ProgressJanuary 11, 2016
ISIS’s Finances Are Surprisingly Sophisticated. America Needs to Catch Up.The National InterestDecember 9, 2015
Chaos and Order on Islamic Militancy’s Other FrontThe National InterestNovember 25, 2015
After the Paris AttacksCenter for American ProgressNovember 19, 2015
Confronting the Terror Finance Challenge in Today’s Middle EastCenter for American ProgressNovember 2, 2015
Business Is Key to Long-Term Solutions to Middle East Refugee CrisisThe Wall Street JournalSeptember 29, 2015
6 Biggest Myths about the Iran Nuclear DealThe National InterestJuly 29, 2015
Ensuring that the Nuclear Agreement Effectively Constrains IranCenter for American ProgressJuly 17, 2015
Recalibrating the Anti-ISIS StrategyCenter for American ProgressJuly 14, 2015
Getting to a Final Agreement: Nuclear Negotiations with Iran and Congressional ActionCenter for American ProgressApril 13, 2015
Helping Prime Minister Abadi Beat ISIS and Hold Iraq TogetherCenter for American ProgressApril 13, 2015
Addressing the Gaps in Syria Policy in the Fight Against ISISCenter for American ProgressNovember 4, 2014
Sisi’s First 100 DaysCenter for American ProgressOctober 20, 2014
Supporting the Syrian OppositionCenter for American ProgressSeptember 12, 2014
Defeating ISIS: An Integrated Strategy to Advance Middle East StabilityCenter for American ProgressSeptember 10, 2014
On the Brink: Managing the ISIS Threat in IraqCenter for American ProgressJune 17, 2014
Jordan in the Eye of the StormCenter for American ProgressJune 12, 2014
Looking Ahead to Egypt’s Uncertain Summer of Trials and TribulationsCenter for American ProgressMay 23, 2014
Gatekeeper of the JihadForeign PolicyApril 21, 2014
Tunisia’s Struggle for Political Pluralism After EnnahdaCenter for American ProgressApril 3, 2014
Fragmenting Under PressureCenter for American ProgressMarch 5, 2014
The Imperfect Election Was the Easy Part …Center for American ProgressSeptember 9, 2009