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Michael Doran

Senior Fellow

Michael Doran is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute. 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 University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University.

Before coming to Hudson, Doran was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He has also held teaching positions at New York University, Princeton University, and the University of Central Florida. His latest book, Ike’s Gamble, was published by Free Press in 2016. He appears frequently on television, and has published extensively in Foreign Affairs, The American Interest, Commentary, Mosaic, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

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Michael Doran and Peter Rough were quoted in Voice of America about China’s strategy in the Middle East and what it could mean for the United States.

Michael Doran and Peter Rough were quoted in Global Security about China’s attempts to gain supremacy in the Middle East.

Michael Doran and Peter Rough were quoted in Jewish Insider about China’s attempts to attain supremacy in the Middle East.

Husain Haqqani and Michael Doran were mentioned in the New York Times about Joe Biden’s foreign policy.

Michael Doran was quoted in National Interest about what coronavirus could mean for the U.S. mission to counter China in the Middle East.

Michael Doran was mentioned in National Interest about the need for economic sanctions against Iran.

Eric Brown, Mike Doran, and Nadia Schadlow were quoted in USNI News about supply chain weaknesses and the initial outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Michael Doran was quoted in Jewish News Syndicate about how the 2020 election will impact Trump’s options in Iran.

Michael Doran was quoted in The Media Line about the best strategy for Trump in dealing with potential moves in Iran during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Michael Doran was quoted in The Washington Times about flight bans and possible government measures to help stop the spread of Coronavirus.

Mike Doran was quoted in Jewish Insider about the left’s push for Iran sanction relief as coronavirus continues to spread.

Michael Doran and Jon Lerner were mentioned in Mosaic Magazine about the U.S. Middle East Peace Plan.

Mike Doran was mentioned in VOA News about the EU’s rejection of Trump’s call to leave the Iran Nuclear Deal.

Mike Doran was mentioned in BizPacReview about Soleimani and the Obama administration.

Mike Doran was mentioned in LA Times about how Trump’s decision to kill Suleimani has changed the “nature of the game” in Iran.

Michael Doran was mentioned in Christian Post about what the death of Soleimani means for the Middle East.

Michael Doran was mentioned in Jewish Journal about the death of Soleimani.

Michael Doran was mentioned in The New York Times about Trump’s decision to kill Suleimani.

Michael Doran was mentioned in VOA News about the impact of General Soleimani’s death.

Michael Doran was mentioned in The Jerusalem Post about outrage over a recent Newsweek cover.

Michael Doran was mentioned in Power Line Blog about Jeremy Corbyn and the recent British election.

Mike Doran was mentioned in The American Interest about the importance of the U.S.-Turkey relationship.

Michael Doran was mentioned in Al Arabiya about the impact of Secretary Pompeo’s recent statements about Israeli settlements on U.S. relations with the Arab states.

Michael Doran was mentioned in National Interest about the importance of the U.S.-Turkey relationship.

Michael Doran was mentioned in Jewish Insider about Trump’s Syrian pullback.

Michael Doran is quoted in PBS News Hour on the US alliance with the YPG and the unavoidable decision to withdraw from Syria.

Michael Doran is quoted in CNS News on the PKK and the nature of our Kurdish alliance.

Michael Doran is quoted in The National Interest on the importance of reaching an agreement with Turkey.

Michael Doran is quoted in Fox News on Turkish and Kurdish support in Syria.

Michael Doran is quoted in The National Interest on what the US military’s move out of Syria means for Iran.

Michael Doran is quoted in Al-Monitor on what Trump’s Syria pullout means for US relations with both Turkey and Iran.

Michael Doran is quoted in The Jerusalem Post on US alignment with the PKK and its impact on the Kurdish people as a whole.

Michael Doran is quoted in National Interest on the recent Turkish cease-fire.

Michael Doran is quoted in Powerline on Trump’s decision to pull troops out of Syria.

Michael Doran is quoted in Washington Examiner on Trump’s decision to pull US troops out of Syria.

Michael Doran is quoted in Arab News on the politicization of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

Mike Doran is quoted in LA Times on the possibility of Trump meeting with Iran’s leaders.

Mike Doran is quoted in Jerusalem Post on his written work exposing Iran’s sanctions-busting strategies.

Michael Doran is quoted in Politico on whether or not to end nuclear waivers with Iran.

Mike Doran is quoted in New York Times on the meeting of President Trump and Mohammed bin Salman in Osaka.

Mike Doran is quoted in Politico on his recent essay for Mosaic Magazine on Iran’s strategy against the U.S.

Mike Doran is interviewed by Bloomberg Opinion on the future of Benjamin Netanyahu.

Michael Doran quoted by The Jewish Telegraphic Agency on Trump and the Saudi Crown Prince

Michael Doran quoted by BuzzFeed on the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

Michael Doran quoted by CNS News on new IRGC sanctions

Michael Doran quoted by The New York Times on the relationship between President Trump and his advisors

Michael Doran quoted by PRI on Trump’s foreign policy