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Michael Doran

Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Peace and Security in the Middle East

Michael Doran is a senior fellow and director of the Center for Peace and Security in the Middle East 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.

In the Media

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Michael Doran appears on Jewish News Syndicate's Mideast News Hour

Michael Doran appears on Jewish News Syndicate's Mideast News Hour

Jewish News Syndicate

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid announced their intention to dissolve the Knesset

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid announced their intention to dissolve the Knesset

Counterbalance Podcast

Michael Doran discusses U.S. power and influence in the Middle East.

Michael Doran discusses U.S. power and influence in the Middle East.

CSIS

Michael Doran discusses China’s emerging presence in the Middle East.

Michael Doran discusses China’s emerging presence in the Middle East.

AIJAC

Michael Doran discusses China’s attempts at Middle Eastern supremacy.

Michael Doran discusses China’s attempts at Middle Eastern supremacy.

Mosaic Magazine

Michael Doran discusses the implications of Coronavirus on Iran and Iran-U.S. relations.

Michael Doran discusses the implications of Coronavirus on Iran and Iran-U.S. relations.

The Tikvah Podcast

Michael Doran, Peter Rough, and John Lee explore the geopolitical ramifications of the Coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific.

Michael Doran, Peter Rough, and John Lee explore the geopolitical ramifications of the Coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific.

The Realignment

Mike Doran discusses the Soleimani strike and US-Iran tensions.

Mike Doran discusses the Soleimani strike and US-Iran tensions.

Michael Doran discusses Trump’s Iran strategy.

Michael Doran discusses Trump’s Iran strategy.

PBS

Michael Doran and Blaise Misztal debate Syria, Turkey, the Kurds, and the state of the U.S. alliance system

Michael Doran and Blaise Misztal debate Syria, Turkey, the Kurds, and the state of the U.S. alliance system

The Realignment

Michael Doran discusses the president’s decision to remove troops from northern Syria and what’s next in the region

Michael Doran discusses the president’s decision to remove troops from northern Syria and what’s next in the region

BBC

Michael Doran debates Trump’s decision in Syria.

Michael Doran debates Trump’s decision in Syria.

The Hill TV

Michael Doran discussed shifting power in the Middle East, specifically Trump’s stance on Saudi Arabia, the JCPOA, and Turkey in NATO.

Michael Doran discussed shifting power in the Middle East, specifically Trump’s stance on Saudi Arabia, the JCPOA, and Turkey in NATO.

Intelligence Sqaured

Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Michael Doran describes the shifting American foreign policy consensus in both parties and argues that the foreign policy elite has yet to truly reckon with the significance of President Trump’s election.

Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Michael Doran describes the shifting American foreign policy consensus in both parties and argues that the foreign policy elite has yet to truly reckon with the significance of President Trump’s election.

The Realignment

Mike Doran discussed the increased tensions between the U.S. and Iran in the Persian Gulf.

Mike Doran discussed the increased tensions between the U.S. and Iran in the Persian Gulf.

BBC

Mike Doran discusses Iran’s escalations.

Mike Doran discusses Iran’s escalations.

John Batchelor Show

John Batchelor Show

Mike Doran discusses  Iran and the Middle East “deal of the century.”

Mike Doran discusses Iran and the Middle East “deal of the century.”

Sky News Australia

Michael Doran discuss his Mosaic piece about the strategy behind Iran’s recent escalations.

Michael Doran discuss his Mosaic piece about the strategy behind Iran’s recent escalations.

Tikvah Podcast

Mike Doran discusses recent Iranian provocations and President Trump’s response options.

Mike Doran discusses recent Iranian provocations and President Trump’s response options.

CNN

Michael Doran discussed the escalating tensions with Iran and what a U.S. contingency plan might look like.

Michael Doran discussed the escalating tensions with Iran and what a U.S. contingency plan might look like.

Fox Business

In a radio interview on the Howie Carr Show, Mike Doran discusses the foreign policy in the Middle East and the situation in Iran.

In a radio interview on the Howie Carr Show, Mike Doran discusses the foreign policy in the Middle East and the situation in Iran.

Mike Doran discusses Pompeo’s visit to Iraq and Iranian sanctions.

Mike Doran discusses Pompeo’s visit to Iraq and Iranian sanctions.

John Batchelor Show

Mike Doran discusses the implications of the U.S. recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

Mike Doran discusses the implications of the U.S. recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

Michael Doran on the Trump administration's Middle East strategy, February 21, 2019

Michael Doran on the Trump administration's Middle East strategy, February 21, 2019

Michael Doran discusses Jamal Khashoggi and how the U.S. will respond to Saudi Arabia, November 20, 2018

Michael Doran discusses Jamal Khashoggi and how the U.S. will respond to Saudi Arabia, November 20, 2018

Michael Doran Testifies before House Subcommittee on National Security, July 17, 2018

Michael Doran Testifies before House Subcommittee on National Security, July 17, 2018

Michael Doran testifies before House Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, May 22, 2018

Michael Doran testifies before House Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, May 22, 2018

Michael Doran on the Tikvah Fund Podcast, September 25, 2017

Michael Doran on the Tikvah Fund Podcast, September 25, 2017

Michael Doran on the Foreign Policy Editor's Roundtable podcast, September 6, 2017

Michael Doran on the Foreign Policy Editor's Roundtable podcast, September 6, 2017

Michael Doran Statement to UN Security Council, June 20, 2017

Michael Doran Statement to UN Security Council, June 20, 2017

AJC Debate Between Michael Doran and Ambassador Wendy Sherman, June 5, 2017

AJC Debate Between Michael Doran and Ambassador Wendy Sherman, June 5, 2017

Ike’s Middle East Lessons, Wall Street Journal, December 8, 2016

Ike’s Middle East Lessons, Wall Street Journal, December 8, 2016

Trump and Clinton on the Middle East, Handelsblatt Global, November 4, 2016

Trump and Clinton on the Middle East, Handelsblatt Global, November 4, 2016

The New Israel and the Old, Tikvah Fund, December 14, 2015

The New Israel and the Old, Tikvah Fund, December 14, 2015

White House Narratives on the Iran Nuclear Deal, Testimony before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, United States House of Representatives, May 17th, 2016

White House Narratives on the Iran Nuclear Deal, Testimony before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, United States House of Representatives, May 17th, 2016

Who Benefits from the Deal with Iran?, Tikvah Fund, July 17, 2015

Who Benefits from the Deal with Iran?, Tikvah Fund, July 17, 2015

Implications of a Nuclear Agreement with Iran, Testimony before the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, July 9, 2015

Implications of a Nuclear Agreement with Iran, Testimony before the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, July 9, 2015

U.S. Strategy Against ISIS, C-SPAN, May 28, 2015

U.S. Strategy Against ISIS, C-SPAN, May 28, 2015

Will the New National Security Strategy Work? Fox News, February 6, 2015

Will the New National Security Strategy Work? Fox News, February 6, 2015

Washington’s Patience Runs Thin as Iran Nuclear Talks Overrun, EuroNews, April 2, 2015

Washington’s Patience Runs Thin as Iran Nuclear Talks Overrun, EuroNews, April 2, 2015

Mike Doran and Lee Smith on Iran, Hugh Hewitt Radio Show, February 4, 2015

Mike Doran and Lee Smith on Iran, Hugh Hewitt Radio Show, February 4, 2015

Congressional Testimony: Nuclear Negotiations with Iran - What Do America's Allies Think? December 3, 2014

Congressional Testimony: Nuclear Negotiations with Iran - What Do America's Allies Think? December 3, 2014

Iran Nuclear Talks – Victory for Tehran? EuroNews, November 26, 2014

Iran Nuclear Talks – Victory for Tehran? EuroNews, November 26, 2014