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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. 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 Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

Maximum Pressure: Inevitable Conflict with Iran or a Calmer Middle East?

Maximum Pressure: Inevitable Conflict with Iran or a Calmer Middle East?

Crisis in Yemen: A Strategic Threat to U.S. Interests and Allies?

Crisis in Yemen: A Strategic Threat to U.S. Interests and Allies?

Revolution and Civil Unrest: Lessons From Venezuela and Syria

Revolution and Civil Unrest: Lessons From Venezuela and Syria

Victory Over the Islamic State and U.S. Withdrawal From Syria

Victory Over the Islamic State and U.S. Withdrawal From Syria March 1 Event

Iran Sanctions: Mounting Pressure or Concessions to Europe?

Iran Sanctions: Mounting Pressure or Concessions to Europe?

Next Steps for U.S. Strategy in Syria

Next Steps for U.S. Strategy in Syria October 26 Event

A Challenging Crossroad: Media and Politics in Iran

A Challenging Crossroad: Media and Politics in Iran May 29 Event

Trump and the JCPOA: It’s the End of the World As We Know It?

Trump and the JCPOA: It’s the End of the World As We Know It? May 9 Event

Syria: Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?

Syria: Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? May 8 Event

Taking Stock of Trump’s Foreign Policy After Year One

Taking Stock of Trump’s Foreign Policy After Year One February 26th Event

Turkey, the Kurds, and the Struggle for Order in the Middle East

Turkey, the Kurds, and the Struggle for Order in the Middle East January 23rd Event

The Crisis in Iran and Its Implications for Syria

The Crisis in Iran and Its Implications for Syria January 10th Event

Is Lebanon Saudi Arabia's New Zone of Confrontation with Iran?

Is Lebanon Saudi Arabia's New Zone of Confrontation with Iran? November 20th Event

Russian Interference: Past, Present, and Future

Russian Interference: Past, Present, and Future July 6th Event

Six Days of Fire: Israel and the June 1967 War, Fifty Years On

Six Days of Fire: Israel and the June 1967 War, Fifty Years On June 2 Event

The Syrian Crisis: American Interests and Moral Considerations

The Syrian Crisis: American Interests and Moral Considerations March 10th Event

The American Moment in the Middle East--from Eisenhower to Trump

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

A View of the U.S. Election From Iraq

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

Is the War on Terrorism Really Winnable?

Is the War on Terrorism Really Winnable? Co-presented with the 92Y

The Middle East in Crisis: A Discussion with Senator Marco Rubio

The Middle East in Crisis: A Discussion with Senator Marco Rubio May 10th Event

Assessing the Obama Doctrine in the Middle East ─ What Next?

Assessing the Obama Doctrine in the Middle East ─ What Next? April 7th Event

The Syrian War, Five Years On

The Syrian War, Five Years On March 29th Event

Facing New Threats: Towards a Transatlantic Renewal July 16th Event

What's Wrong with the Proposed Nuclear Deal with Iran? April 24 Event

How Should the U.S. Roll Back and Defeat the Islamic State? March 19th Event

Weighing the Costs and Benefits of a Prospective U.S.-Iran Nuclear Deal November 19th Event

The U.S.-Israel Relationship: Twenty Years after Oslo