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Michael Doran

Senior Fellow

Michael Doran is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC. He specializes in Middle East security issues.

In the administration of President George W. Bush, Doran served in the White House as a senior director in the National Security Council, where he was responsible for helping to devise and coordinate United States strategies on a variety of Middle East issues, including Arab-Israeli relations and U.S. efforts to contain Iran and Syria. He also served in the Bush administration as a senior advisor in the State Department and a deputy assistant secretary of defense in the Pentagon.

Born in Kokomo, Indiana, Doran went to elementary school in Carmel, outside of Indianapolis, before his family moved to Fullerton, California, where he graduated from Sunny Hills High School. He received a B.A. from Stanford and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton.

Before coming to Hudson, Doran was a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He has also held teaching positions at NYU, Princeton, and the University of Central Florida. He is the author of Pan-Arabism before Nasser, which analyzes the first Arab-Israeli war as an inter-Arab conflict, and is now completing a book for Simon and Schuster about President Eisenhower and the Middle East. He appears frequently on television, and has published extensively in Foreign Affairs, The American Interest, Commentary, Mosaic Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

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The American Moment in the Middle East--from Eisenhower to Trump November 21st Event

A View of the U.S. Election From Iraq November 4th Event

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Michael Doran quoted in Handelsblatt Global on the lack of a clear Middle East policy from either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump

Michael Doran’s new book, Ike’s Gamble reviewed in New York Times and The Wall Street Journal

Michael Doran interviewed in Algemeiner on how the Obama administration’s $400 million ‘ransom’ for captives ‘incentivizes’ Iran to continue hostage-taking

Michael Doran quoted in Washington Post, Washington Examiner, and TownHall on his Congressional testimony the Iran nuclear deal

Michael Pregent quoted in Washington Times and Michael Doran quoted in Algemeiner on the recent revelations that White House adviser Ben Rhodes admitted to lying to the media about the Iran nuclear deal

Michael Doran featured in a Jerusalem Post article on what Assad’s regime means for Israel’s future

Michael Doran quoted in Vice on how the U.S. accepts Assad as Syria’s ruler

Michael Doran quoted in Commentary Magazine on the President’s remarks on closing Guantanamo Bay

American Foreign Policy Council task force (with Jack David and Michael Doran) releases new report on the Iran nuclear deal

Michael Doran quoted in Washington Examiner on the administration’s response to Russia’s recent moves in Syria

Michael Doran quoted in the Washington Post on the perception of the JCPOA in Iran

Michael Doran quoted in National Review on the Democratic elite’s increasing hostility to Israel

Mike Doran quoted in Washington Post on celebrities publicly embracing the Iran deal

Michael Doran quoted in Washington Post on the push backs against Iran

Michael Doran’s congressional testimony quoted in Washington Post

Michael Doran quoted in Daily Beast on Iran likely not repatriating money from its nuclear deal

Michael Doran quoted in Washington Examiner on the Iran nuclear deal

Michael Doran quoted in Voice of America on the ISIS situation

Michael Doran quoted in Newsweek on the strategy to beat ISIS

Michael Doran quoted in Baltimore Sun from his Mosaic Magazine article on Obama’s Iran strategy

Michael Doran quoted in Washington Post on Obama’s concessions to Iran

Mike Doran quoted in New York Post on Iran’s plans for the Middle East

Mike Doran quoted in Washington Examiner on the Obama administration’s handling of the Iran nuke talks

Mike Doran quoted in Washington Examiner on US-Israeli relations

Mike Doran quoted in Huffington Post on the White House’s Iran Deal

Mike Doran quoted in Washington Post on Obama’s Middle East foreign policy

Mike Doran quoted in Le Figaro (France) on Obama’s gamble in Iran

Mike Doran quoted in Business Insider on the unstated assumption of Obama’s Iran policy

Mike Doran quoted in Le Figaro (France) on Obama’s plan for Iran

Michael Doran quoted in BuzzFeed on the White House’s ISIS strategy

Michael Doran interviewed on Breitbart TV on President Obama’s Iran deal

Mike Doran’s article on Obama’s Iran strategy cited in The Daily Beast

Michael Doran quoted in Washington Examiner on the Iran nuclear talks

Michael Doran quoted in The Algemeiner on the Iranian Nuclear Talks

Michael Doran mentioned in Foreign Policy on his testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations regarding Iran’s nuclear program