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Brian Hook

Brian Hook

Brian Hook is an attorney and government official who worked for President George H.W. Bush, President George W. Bush, and President Donald Trump. He was the lead State Department official who negotiated peace agreements between Israel and the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco known collectively as the Abraham Peace Accords. He conducted secret negotiations with Iran in 2019 and 2020 that won the release of two American hostages, and in 2018 he flew to North Korea to bring home three Americans held hostage by Kim Jong-Un. From 2016-2020 he led the campaign to counter the Iranian regime's deadly terrorism and pursuit of a nuclear weapon.

Mr. Hook practiced corporate law at Hogan & Hartson in Washington from 1999-2003. His many foreign policy articles have been published by The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and he has been featured by major media outlets around the world for his commentary on international affairs.

Mr. Hook holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of St. Thomas, a master's degree in philosophy from Boston College, and a law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law.