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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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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