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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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Iran's Deadly Repression and the U.S. Response

Iran's Deadly Repression and the U.S. Response

Reshaping U.S. Foreign Policy to Address Current Threats in the Middle East

Reshaping U.S. Foreign Policy to Address Current Threats in the Middle East

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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

Michael Doran quoted by The Week on allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia

Michael Doran’s comments to the UN Security Council quoted in The Algemeiner and The Wall Street Journal

Michael Doran interviewed on The Andrew Klavan Show on the topic of the right’s attitude towards President Trump

Michael Doran interviewed by AP on how Donald Trump’s broad selection of military in his cabinet could affect foreign policy decisions

Michael Doran’s book, Ike’s Gamble reviewed in The Washington Times

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