Michael Doran

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

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At A Glance:

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.

Researcher
Zineb Riboua
Research Fellow and Program Manager, Center for Peace and Security in the Middle East

Biography

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 and co-hosts the Counterbalance podcast.

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 US 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 BA from Stanford University and an MA and PhD 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.

09
July 2024
Past Event
The Iran Threat to US-NATO Security
Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Congressman Ted Deutch
Moderator:
Peter Rough
An Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps member carrying a Palestinian flag in downtown Tehran on April 29, 2022. (Morteza Nikoubazl/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
09
July 2024
Past Event
The Iran Threat to US-NATO Security

Former Congressman Ted Deutch, the CEO of the American Jewish Committee, will join Hudson to discuss what NATO militaries can learn from Israel’s fight against Iran-backed militias, the implications of a nuclear Iran for Europe, Tehran’s role in the rise of antisemitism in the West, and why aiding Israel is an important step to dismantle the China–Russia–Iran–North Korea axis.

An Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps member carrying a Palestinian flag in downtown Tehran on April 29, 2022. (Morteza Nikoubazl/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Congressman Ted Deutch
Moderator:
Peter Rough
20
June 2024
Past Event
The Agendas of Jew Hatred
Featured Speakers:
Daniel Schwammenthal
Ilan Berman
Paul Caresse
Liel Leibovitz
Moderator:
Michael Doran
Pro-Palestinian protesters rally outside the Fordham University Lincoln Center on May 1, 2024, in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
20
June 2024
Past Event
The Agendas of Jew Hatred

What are the hidden agendas of antisemites and anti-Zionists? What are the implications of this agenda for national security? And what is to be done?

Pro-Palestinian protesters rally outside the Fordham University Lincoln Center on May 1, 2024, in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Daniel Schwammenthal
Ilan Berman
Paul Caresse
Liel Leibovitz
Moderator:
Michael Doran
07
May 2024
Past Event
The College Campus Tentifada: How It Started, Why It Matters, and How to Curb It
Featured Speakers:
Ran Kivetz
Liel Leibovitz
Asaf Romirowsky
Moderator:
Michael Doran
An American flag hangs from the roof of Lisner Hall of the George Washington University Law School as people walk around an encampment at University Yard on May 3, 2024 in Washington, DC. Pro-Palestinian encampments have sprung up at college campuses around the country with some demonstrators calling for schools to divest from Israeli interests amid the ongoing war in Gaza. (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)
07
May 2024
Past Event
The College Campus Tentifada: How It Started, Why It Matters, and How to Curb It

Michael Doran hosts Professor Ran Kivetz, Asaf Romirowsky, and Liel Leibovitz to discuss the causes of the recent slate of pro-Hamas encampments on American college campuses.

An American flag hangs from the roof of Lisner Hall of the George Washington University Law School as people walk around an encampment at University Yard on May 3, 2024 in Washington, DC. Pro-Palestinian encampments have sprung up at college campuses around the country with some demonstrators calling for schools to divest from Israeli interests amid the ongoing war in Gaza. (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Ran Kivetz
Liel Leibovitz
Asaf Romirowsky
Moderator:
Michael Doran
15
April 2024
Past Event
Is China the Big Winner in the Red Sea?
Featured Speakers:
Salvatore Mercogliano
Michael Roberts
Moderator:
Michael Doran
 The cargo ship Rubymar sinking after it was targeted by Yemen's Houthi forces in international waters on March 7, 2024, in the Red Sea. (Photo by Al-Joumhouriah channel via Getty Images)
15
April 2024
Past Event
Is China the Big Winner in the Red Sea?

Shipping experts discuss the Houthi attacks’ consequences for the global economy and the balance of power between the US and its global rivals.

 The cargo ship Rubymar sinking after it was targeted by Yemen's Houthi forces in international waters on March 7, 2024, in the Red Sea. (Photo by Al-Joumhouriah channel via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Salvatore Mercogliano
Michael Roberts
Moderator:
Michael Doran
14
March 2024
Past Event
The Future of US-Israel Relations
Featured Speakers:
Elliott Abrams
Jonathan Silver
Michael Doran
Moderator:
Zineb Riboua
A unit of Israeli soldiers returns to the Israeli side of the border with the Gaza Strip on January 28, 2024. (Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP via Getty Images)
14
March 2024
Past Event
The Future of US-Israel Relations

Michael Doran,  Jonathan Silver, and Elliott Abrams will discuss Israel’s foreign and domestic policies since the October 7 massacre, the Biden administration’s Middle East policy and its impacts, and the rise of anti-Zionism in the US.

A unit of Israeli soldiers returns to the Israeli side of the border with the Gaza Strip on January 28, 2024. (Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Elliott Abrams
Jonathan Silver
Michael Doran
Moderator:
Zineb Riboua
07
March 2024
Past Event
Aiding America’s Frontline Allies: The View from Israel and Ukraine with Secretary Mike Pompeo
Featured Speakers:
Michael R. Pompeo
Michael Doran
The Israeli flag flies in front of the Lviv Regional State Administration building as a sign of solidarity with the Israeli people on October 13, 2023, in Lviv, Ukraine. (Photo by Les Kasyanov/Global Images Ukraine via Getty Images)
07
March 2024
Past Event
Aiding America’s Frontline Allies: The View from Israel and Ukraine with Secretary Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo will sit down with Michael Doran to discuss how America return to a position of global strength.

The Israeli flag flies in front of the Lviv Regional State Administration building as a sign of solidarity with the Israeli people on October 13, 2023, in Lviv, Ukraine. (Photo by Les Kasyanov/Global Images Ukraine via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Michael R. Pompeo
Michael Doran
29
February 2024
Past Event
The Day after the War in Gaza: A Palestinian State?
Featured Speakers:
Dan Diker
Yossi Kuperwasser
Michael Doran
Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken shake hands prior to a meeting at the Muqata, the presidential compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on November 30, 2023. (Photo by Saul Loeb/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)
29
February 2024
Past Event
The Day after the War in Gaza: A Palestinian State?

Join Hudson for a conversation on what US recognition of a Palestinian state could mean in the region and beyond.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken shake hands prior to a meeting at the Muqata, the presidential compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on November 30, 2023. (Photo by Saul Loeb/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Dan Diker
Yossi Kuperwasser
Michael Doran
23
February 2024
Past Event
The World Before and After October 7: A Conversation with MK Simcha Rothman
Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
MK Simcha Rothman
The image of rescued Israeli-Argentinian hostage Louis Har with the word "rescued" written on it outside the Ministry of Defence in Tel Aviv on February 12, 2024 (Oren Ziv/AFP via Getty Images)
23
February 2024
Past Event
The World Before and After October 7: A Conversation with MK Simcha Rothman
The image of rescued Israeli-Argentinian hostage Louis Har with the word "rescued" written on it outside the Ministry of Defence in Tel Aviv on February 12, 2024 (Oren Ziv/AFP via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
MK Simcha Rothman
12
February 2024
Past Event
Israel at War: A Conversation with Gadi Taub
Featured Speakers:
Gadi Taub
Michael Doran
People walk with photos of people killed on the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel's south during a memorial event held by families of victims on February 7, 2024, in Jerusalem, Israel. (Amir Levy via Getty Images)
12
February 2024
Past Event
Israel at War: A Conversation with Gadi Taub
People walk with photos of people killed on the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel's south during a memorial event held by families of victims on February 7, 2024, in Jerusalem, Israel. (Amir Levy via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Gadi Taub
Michael Doran
19
December 2023
Past Event
The Rise of Russia-Iran Partnership
Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Bryan Clark
Can Kasapoğlu
Iranian and Russian navies attend a joint military exercise in the Arabian Sea and north of the Indian Ocean on February 17, 2021. (Iranian Army/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
19
December 2023
Past Event
The Rise of Russia-Iran Partnership
Iranian and Russian navies attend a joint military exercise in the Arabian Sea and north of the Indian Ocean on February 17, 2021. (Iranian Army/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Bryan Clark
Can Kasapoğlu
15
November 2023
Past Event
Presidential Speech Series: Chris Christie
Featured Speakers:
Governor Chris Christie
Michael Doran
John P. Walters
Presidential Speech Series
15
November 2023
Past Event
Presidential Speech Series: Chris Christie

Governor Chris Christie, presidential candidate and former governor of New Jersey, will give a foreign policy address at Hudson Institute. 

Presidential Speech Series
Featured Speakers:
Governor Chris Christie
Michael Doran
John P. Walters
09
November 2023
Past Event
The Israel-Hamas War: A Conversation with Seventieth Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Featured Speakers:
Michael R. Pompeo
Michael Doran
An Israeli army M109 155mm self-propelled howitzer fires rounds near the border with Gaza in southern Israel on October 11, 2023. (Photo by Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images)
09
November 2023
Past Event
The Israel-Hamas War: A Conversation with Seventieth Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Join Hudson for a discussion with Distinguished Fellow Michael R. Pompeo on the ongoing Israel-Hamas war’s place in the Iranian strategy to undermine the United States.

An Israeli army M109 155mm self-propelled howitzer fires rounds near the border with Gaza in southern Israel on October 11, 2023. (Photo by Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Michael R. Pompeo
Michael Doran
27
October 2023
Past Event
Israel’s Wartime Budget
Featured Speakers:
Noach Hacker
Michael Doran
Israeli soldiers in an armored vehicle in Sderot, Israel, on October 24, 2023. (Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu via Getty Images)
27
October 2023
Past Event
Israel’s Wartime Budget

Join Hudson Senior Fellow Michael Doran for a discussion on the IDF’s budget during the Israel-Hamas war with Noach Hacker, the minister of economic affairs representing Israel’s Ministry of Finance.

Israeli soldiers in an armored vehicle in Sderot, Israel, on October 24, 2023. (Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Noach Hacker
Michael Doran
24
October 2023
Past Event
Presidential Speech Series: Vivek Ramaswamy
Featured Speakers:
Vivek Ramaswamy
Michael Doran
Presidential Speech Series
24
October 2023
Past Event
Presidential Speech Series: Vivek Ramaswamy

Entrepreneur and presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy will discuss his vision for America’s role in the Middle East and beyond in an address at Hudson.

Presidential Speech Series
Featured Speakers:
Vivek Ramaswamy
Michael Doran
10
October 2023
Past Event
Presidential Speech Series: Tim Scott
Featured Speakers:
Senator Tim Scott
Michael Doran
Sarah May Stern
Presidential Speech Series
10
October 2023
Past Event
Presidential Speech Series: Tim Scott

Tim Scott will deliver a speech at the Hudson Institute about standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Israel, wiping Hamas off the map, and confronting those who are enabling terrorism.

Presidential Speech Series
Featured Speakers:
Senator Tim Scott
Michael Doran
Sarah May Stern
09
October 2023
Past Event
Analysis of the Israel-Hamas War
Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Can Kasapoğlu
Jonathan Schachter
A missile explodes in Gaza City during an Israeli air strike on October 8, 2023. (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS/AFP via Getty Images)
09
October 2023
Past Event
Analysis of the Israel-Hamas War

Join Hudson Senior Fellows Michael Doran, Jonathan Schacter, and Can Kasapoğlu for an analysis of the Hamas raid on Israel.

A missile explodes in Gaza City during an Israeli air strike on October 8, 2023. (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS/AFP via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Can Kasapoğlu
Jonathan Schachter
04
October 2023
Past Event
The Crisis between Azerbaijan and Armenia: A Conversation with Ambassador Elchin Amirbayov
Featured Speakers:
Luke Coffey
Michael Doran
Ambassador Elchin Amirbayov
Azerbaijani servicemen stand guard at the Lachin checkpoint on October 1, 2023. (Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP via Getty Images)
04
October 2023
Past Event
The Crisis between Azerbaijan and Armenia: A Conversation with Ambassador Elchin Amirbayov

Hudson Senior Fellows Michael Doran and Luke Coffey host a discussion with Ambassador Elchin Amirbayov, representative of the president of the Republic of Azerbaijan on special assignments.

Azerbaijani servicemen stand guard at the Lachin checkpoint on October 1, 2023. (Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Luke Coffey
Michael Doran
Ambassador Elchin Amirbayov
07
July 2023
Past Event
Is Israel the Biggest Loser of the Syrian Civil War?
Featured Speakers:
Zohar Palti
Ehud Yaari
Michael Doran
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07
July 2023
Past Event
Is Israel the Biggest Loser of the Syrian Civil War?
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Featured Speakers:
Zohar Palti
Ehud Yaari
Michael Doran
31
May 2023
Past Event
Erdoğan Victorious
Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Yusuf Erim
Svante E. Cornell
Colonel (retired) Rich Outzen, PhD
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31
May 2023
Past Event
Erdoğan Victorious

Please join Hudson Senior Fellow Michael Doran as he moderates a discussion with a panel of experts on Turkish politics to unpack what this decisive victory means for US-Turkey relations, the war in Ukraine, and the balance of power in the Middle East.

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Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Yusuf Erim
Svante E. Cornell
Colonel (retired) Rich Outzen, PhD
24
May 2023
Past Event
Promised Lands: The Torah and the American Founding
Featured Speakers:
Meir Soloveichik
Michael Doran
Robert P. George
Justin Dyer
Rachel Mackey
Hans Zeiger
Moderator:
Samuel Goldman
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24
May 2023
Past Event
Promised Lands: The Torah and the American Founding
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Featured Speakers:
Meir Soloveichik
Michael Doran
Robert P. George
Justin Dyer
Rachel Mackey
Hans Zeiger
Moderator:
Samuel Goldman
17
May 2023
Past Event
American National Security and the Russian-Iranian War on Ukraine: A Conversation with Senator Ted Cruz
Featured Speakers:
Ted Cruz
Michael Doran
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17
May 2023
Past Event
American National Security and the Russian-Iranian War on Ukraine: A Conversation with Senator Ted Cruz

Please join Michael Doran, Hudson senior fellow and director of the Center for Peace and Security in the Middle East, for a conversation with Senator Cruz about Cruz’s perspective on these issues and on global strategy more broadly.

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Featured Speakers:
Ted Cruz
Michael Doran
10
May 2023
Past Event
Assessing the Rising Iranian Threat
Featured Speakers:
David Albright
Henrik F. Rasmussen
Jonathan Schachter
Michael Doran
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10
May 2023
Past Event
Assessing the Rising Iranian Threat

Join Hudson Senior Fellows Michael Doran and Jonathan Schachter as they discuss the rise of Iran’s power and its implications for the US, Europe, and Israel with David Albright and Henrik Rasmussen of ISIS. 

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Featured Speakers:
David Albright
Henrik F. Rasmussen
Jonathan Schachter
Michael Doran
21
April 2023
Past Event
Hand-Off: The Foreign Policy George W. Bush Passed to Barack Obama
Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Stephen J. Hadley
Moderator:
Peter Rough
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 10: (AFP OUT) U.S. President George W. Bush (R) walks on the colonnade with U.S. President-elect Barack Obama at the White House November 10, 2008 in Washington, DC. This is the first visit for Barack Obama to the White House before he is sworn into office as President of the United States. First lady Laura Bush took soon to be first lady Michelle Obama on a tour of the White House as the President and Mr. Obama walked along the colonnade to the Oval Office where they will have a meeti
21
April 2023
Past Event
Hand-Off: The Foreign Policy George W. Bush Passed to Barack Obama

Join Hudson Institute for a discussion with the twentieth United States National Security Advisor, Stephen Hadley, on his new book,Hand-Off: The Foreign Policy George W. Bush Passed to Barack Obama.

WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 10: (AFP OUT) U.S. President George W. Bush (R) walks on the colonnade with U.S. President-elect Barack Obama at the White House November 10, 2008 in Washington, DC. This is the first visit for Barack Obama to the White House before he is sworn into office as President of the United States. First lady Laura Bush took soon to be first lady Michelle Obama on a tour of the White House as the President and Mr. Obama walked along the colonnade to the Oval Office where they will have a meeti
Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Stephen J. Hadley
Moderator:
Peter Rough
03
April 2023
Past Event
The China Challenge in the Middle East
Featured Speaker:
Michael Doran
President Joe Biden meets with China's President Xi Jinping during a virtual summit from the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 15, 2021. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)
03
April 2023
Past Event
The China Challenge in the Middle East

When Chinese leader Xi Jinping brokered a rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the White House welcomed the news. According to the administration, reduced tensions between the Middle Eastern countries further the president’s long-stated goals and does not represent a significant change in China’s role in the region.

President Joe Biden meets with China's President Xi Jinping during a virtual summit from the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 15, 2021. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)
Featured Speaker:
Michael Doran
30
March 2023
Past Event
The Abraham Accords: Achievements and Prospects
Featured Speakers:
Ofir Akunis
Robert Greenway
Moderator:
Michael Doran
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30
March 2023
Past Event
The Abraham Accords: Achievements and Prospects

Please join Hudson Institute for a discussion with Israel's Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology Ofir Akunis and Executive Director of the Abraham Accords Peace Institute Robert Greenway, moderated by Center for Peace and Security in the Middle East Director Michael Doran.

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Featured Speakers:
Ofir Akunis
Robert Greenway
Moderator:
Michael Doran
24
February 2023
Past Event
Peace between Azerbaijan and Armenia? A Conversation with Ambassador Elchin Amirbayov
Featured Speakers:
Ambassador Elchin Amirbayov
Luke Coffey
Moderator:
Michael Doran
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24
February 2023
Past Event
Peace between Azerbaijan and Armenia? A Conversation with Ambassador Elchin Amirbayov

Michael Doran hosts a discussion on peace talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan with Ambassador Elchin Amirbayov, the assistant to the first vice president of Azerbaijan, and Hudson Senior Fellow Luke Coffey.

armenia azerbaijan russia
Featured Speakers:
Ambassador Elchin Amirbayov
Luke Coffey
Moderator:
Michael Doran
23
February 2023
Past Event
The Iran-Russia Alliance
Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Luke Coffey
Can Kasapoğlu
Moderator:
Peter Rough
Paper planes hang in front of the Iranian Embassy during a protest against Iran's supply of drones to Russia in Kyiv, Ukraine, on October 18, 2022. (Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
23
February 2023
Past Event
The Iran-Russia Alliance

Join Hudson for a discussion on the extent of the threat and how the United States should respond.

Paper planes hang in front of the Iranian Embassy during a protest against Iran's supply of drones to Russia in Kyiv, Ukraine, on October 18, 2022. (Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Luke Coffey
Can Kasapoğlu
Moderator:
Peter Rough
02
February 2023
Past Event
Judicial Reform in Israel: A Conversation with Gadi Taub
Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Gadi Taub
Minister of Justice Yariv Levin. From his office in Tel Aviv, above the Azrieli Junction, the world does not look the same as it does on the Motzash at the junction itself. There is constant public pressure, he says, from all corners of the territory, to move forward with the reform. The public wants it, and the government will do it. We talked extensively about the reform and the criticism towards it.
02
February 2023
Past Event
Judicial Reform in Israel: A Conversation with Gadi Taub

Israeli historian and author Gadi Taub joins Michael Doran for a conversation on Israel's recent judicial reforms.

Minister of Justice Yariv Levin. From his office in Tel Aviv, above the Azrieli Junction, the world does not look the same as it does on the Motzash at the junction itself. There is constant public pressure, he says, from all corners of the territory, to move forward with the reform. The public wants it, and the government will do it. We talked extensively about the reform and the criticism towards it.
Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Gadi Taub
22
November 2022
Past Event
Is the JCPOA Worth Saving?
Featured Speakers:
David Albright
Michael Doran
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22
November 2022
Past Event
Is the JCPOA Worth Saving?

Please join Hudson Institute for a conversation on the question of whether the JCPOA is worth saving with David Albright, the foremost expert in the United States on nuclear non-proliferation.

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Featured Speakers:
David Albright
Michael Doran
21
October 2022
Past Event
Iranian Drone and Missile Proliferation: What Are Iran’s Ambitions?
Featured Speakers:
Luke Coffey
Can Kasapoğlu
Michael Doran
Moderator:
Peter Rough
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21
October 2022
Past Event
Iranian Drone and Missile Proliferation: What Are Iran’s Ambitions?

Iran’s disruptive military capabilities pose a significant threat to the strategic interests of the US and its allies. How great is the threat? How should the Biden administration react to it? Please join us to discuss these timely issues.

yemen houthi drone iran ukraine saudi arabia
Featured Speakers:
Luke Coffey
Can Kasapoğlu
Michael Doran
Moderator:
Peter Rough
21
October 2022
Past Event
Israel-Lebanon Maritime Border Agreement: A Historic Deal or Another Mistake?
Featured Speakers:
H.E. Dr. Yuval Steinitz
Tony Badran
Moderator:
Michael Doran
Israel Prime Minister Yair Lapid
21
October 2022
Past Event
Israel-Lebanon Maritime Border Agreement: A Historic Deal or Another Mistake?

Is the Israel-Lebanon deal just another step to appease Iran?

Israel Prime Minister Yair Lapid
Featured Speakers:
H.E. Dr. Yuval Steinitz
Tony Badran
Moderator:
Michael Doran
04
October 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | Iran: Protest or Revolution?
Featured Speaker:
Michael Doran
Iran Protests
04
October 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | Iran: Protest or Revolution?

Is this the beginning of a revolution in Iran, or just another storm of unrest that the regime will weather?

Iran Protests
Featured Speaker:
Michael Doran
27
September 2022
Past Event
Plan B on Iran: A Conversation with Secretary Mike Pompeo
Featured Speakers:
Michael R. Pompeo
Michael Doran
Iranian protesters burn US and Israeli flags next to a portrait of Major General Qasem Soleimani during an anti-Israel protest in downtown Tehran on August 9, 2022. (Morteza Nikoubazl/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
27
September 2022
Past Event
Plan B on Iran: A Conversation with Secretary Mike Pompeo

The Biden administration’s efforts to revive the Iran nuclear deal have failed. Even as the Islamic Republic refuses to accept terms acceptable to t

Iranian protesters burn US and Israeli flags next to a portrait of Major General Qasem Soleimani during an anti-Israel protest in downtown Tehran on August 9, 2022. (Morteza Nikoubazl/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Michael R. Pompeo
Michael Doran
23
September 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | The Azerbaijan-Armenia Conflict and the American Interest
Featured Speakers:
Peter Rough
Luke Coffey
Michael Doran
James Carafano
Members of the military stand at attention in front of Heydar Aliyev Palace during the Armed Forces Day celebrations on June 26, 2022 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Aziz Karimov/Getty Images)
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September 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | The Azerbaijan-Armenia Conflict and the American Interest

On September 13, fighting flared up between Azerbaijan and Armenia that killed dozens of soldiers on both sides. Tensions between these South Caucasus

Members of the military stand at attention in front of Heydar Aliyev Palace during the Armed Forces Day celebrations on June 26, 2022 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Aziz Karimov/Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Peter Rough
Luke Coffey
Michael Doran
James Carafano
19
August 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | Saudi Arabia’s China Option
Featured Speakers:
Mohammed Alyahya
Bernard Haykel
Michael Doran
President Joe Biden  takes part in a working session with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Al Salam Royal Palace in the Saudi coastal city of Jeddah on July 15, 2022. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)
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August 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | Saudi Arabia’s China Option

Please join Hudson Institute for a discussion on how far Chinese-Saudi cooperation can go. Panelists will consider whether Saudi Arabia truly has a Ch

President Joe Biden  takes part in a working session with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Al Salam Royal Palace in the Saudi coastal city of Jeddah on July 15, 2022. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Mohammed Alyahya
Bernard Haykel
Michael Doran
17
August 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | From Fist Bumps to Missile Fire: One Month since President Biden's Middle East Trip
Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Jonathan Schachter
Robert Greenway
Andrea Stricker
An Iranian flag fluttering in front of Iran's Safir Omid rocket at an undisclosed location on August 16, 2008. (Vahidreza Alai/AFP via Getty Images)
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August 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | From Fist Bumps to Missile Fire: One Month since President Biden's Middle East Trip

Please join Hudson Institute for a discussion that will look at what has changed and what has stayed the same in the Middle East since Biden's visit

An Iranian flag fluttering in front of Iran's Safir Omid rocket at an undisclosed location on August 16, 2008. (Vahidreza Alai/AFP via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Jonathan Schachter
Robert Greenway
Andrea Stricker
11
August 2022
Past Event
The Arc of a Covenant: A Conversation with Walter Russell Mead and Michael Doran
Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Walter Russell Mead
United States and Israel flags near the American Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel. (Getty Images)
11
August 2022
Past Event
The Arc of a Covenant: A Conversation with Walter Russell Mead and Michael Doran

Please join Hudson Institute Distinguished Fellow Walter Russell Mead and Senior Fellow Michael Doran for a discussion centered on Mead’s recently rel

United States and Israel flags near the American Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel. (Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Walter Russell Mead
20
June 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | Breaking the Black Sea Blockade: How NATO Can Stop Russia’s Assault on the World’s Food Supply?
Featured Speakers:
William Schneider
Peter Rough
Bryan Clark
Michael Doran
Part of the port of Odessa, one of Ukraine's major gateways to the world on the Black Sea, is seen on March 28, 2022, in Odessa, Ukraine. (Getty Images)
20
June 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | Breaking the Black Sea Blockade: How NATO Can Stop Russia’s Assault on the World’s Food Supply?

This event will premiere on this page at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Monday, June 20. Register for the event here.

Part of the port of Odessa, one of Ukraine's major gateways to the world on the Black Sea, is seen on March 28, 2022, in Odessa, Ukraine. (Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
William Schneider
Peter Rough
Bryan Clark
Michael Doran
15
June 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | The Ambassadors Series: A Conversation with Swedish Ambassador Karin Olofsdotter
Featured Speakers:
Ambassador Karin Olofsdotter
Michael Doran
Finnish and Swedish ambassadors to NATO simultaneously handed in their official letters of application to join NATO on May 18, 2022. (Photo credit NATO)
15
June 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | The Ambassadors Series: A Conversation with Swedish Ambassador Karin Olofsdotter

This event will premiere on this page at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, June 15. Register for the event here.

Finnish and Swedish ambassadors to NATO simultaneously handed in their official letters of application to join NATO on May 18, 2022. (Photo credit NATO)
Featured Speakers:
Ambassador Karin Olofsdotter
Michael Doran
18
March 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | Reassessing America’s Middle East Policy
Featured Speakers:
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Yaakov Amidror
Michael Doran
Jonathan Schachter
Peter Rough
Ballistic missiles displayed at Imam Khomeini Mosalla in Tehran, Iran on January 07, 2022. (Getty Images)
18
March 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | Reassessing America’s Middle East Policy

This event will premiere on this page at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Friday, March 18. Register for the event here.

Ballistic missiles displayed at Imam Khomeini Mosalla in Tehran, Iran on January 07, 2022. (Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Yaakov Amidror
Michael Doran
Jonathan Schachter
Peter Rough
11
February 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | Turkey’s Role in the Ukraine Crisis
Featured Speakers:
Svante Cornell
Colonel (Ret.) Rich Outzen
Sinan Ülgen
Michael Doran
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (R) attend a press conference following their meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine, on February 3, 2020. (Getty Images)
11
February 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | Turkey’s Role in the Ukraine Crisis

This event will premiere on this page at 10:00 a.m. EST, Friday, February 11. Register for the event here.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (R) attend a press conference following their meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine, on February 3, 2020. (Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Svante Cornell
Colonel (Ret.) Rich Outzen
Sinan Ülgen
Michael Doran
09
February 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | Antisemitism and Foreign Policy: Amnesty International's Israel Report
Featured Speakers:
Ed Husain
Daniel Schwammenthal
Michael Doran
Jonathan Schachter
Jewish men pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on January 25, 2022. (Getty Images)
09
February 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | Antisemitism and Foreign Policy: Amnesty International's Israel Report

This event will premiere on this page at 2:00 p.m. EST, Wednesday, February 9. Register for the event here.

Jewish men pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on January 25, 2022. (Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Ed Husain
Daniel Schwammenthal
Michael Doran
Jonathan Schachter
03
February 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | How the United States Can Help Defend Ukraine
Featured Speakers:
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Ben Hodges
Michael Doran
Ukrainian servicemen from the 25th Air Assault Battalion are seen stationed in Avdiivka, Ukraine, on January 24, 2022. (Getty Images)
03
February 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | How the United States Can Help Defend Ukraine

This event will premiere on this page at 2:00 p.m. EST, Thursday, February 3. Register for the event here.

Ukrainian servicemen from the 25th Air Assault Battalion are seen stationed in Avdiivka, Ukraine, on January 24, 2022. (Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Ben Hodges
Michael Doran
31
January 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | Iran Nuclear Negotiations: Will a Revived Deal Undermine American Interests?
Featured Speakers:
Mohammed Khalid Alyahya
Jonathan Schachter
Michael Doran
John P. Walters
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action meeting held to discuss the full implementation of the Iran nuclear deal and the return of the United States to the deal in Vienna, Austria, on April 15, 2021. (Getty Images)
31
January 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | Iran Nuclear Negotiations: Will a Revived Deal Undermine American Interests?

This event will premiere on this page at 12:00 p.m. EST, Monday, January 31. Register for the event here.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action meeting held to discuss the full implementation of the Iran nuclear deal and the return of the United States to the deal in Vienna, Austria, on April 15, 2021. (Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Mohammed Khalid Alyahya
Jonathan Schachter
Michael Doran
John P. Walters
08
December 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | Saudi Arabia and the New Middle East
Featured Speakers:
Bernard Haykel
Mohammed Khalid Alyahya
Michael Doran
Middle Eastern Map. (Getty Images)
08
December 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | Saudi Arabia and the New Middle East

Please be advised: This event will premiere on this page at 12:00 p.m. EST, Wednesday, December 8. Register for the event here.

Middle Eastern Map. (Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Bernard Haykel
Mohammed Khalid Alyahya
Michael Doran
29
October 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | The End of American Intelligence Dominance?
Featured Speakers:
Ezra Cohen
Bryan Clark
Michael Doran
29
October 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | The End of American Intelligence Dominance?

Please be advised: This event will premiere on this page at 10:00 a.m. EDT, Friday, October 29. Register for the event here.

Featured Speakers:
Ezra Cohen
Bryan Clark
Michael Doran
04
October 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | Israel and the World: A Conversation with Amb. Yuval Rotem
Featured Speakers:
Ambassador Yuval Rotem
John P. Walters
Michael Doran
04
October 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | Israel and the World: A Conversation with Amb. Yuval Rotem

Please be advised: This event will premiere on this page at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Monday, October 4. Register for the event here.

Featured Speakers:
Ambassador Yuval Rotem
John P. Walters
Michael Doran
21
May 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | A Conversation with Ambassador Ron Dermer
Featured Speakers:
Ambassador Ron Dermer
Michael Doran
21
May 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | A Conversation with Ambassador Ron Dermer

Join Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Michael Doran and former Ambassador of Israel to the United States, Ron Dermer, to discuss the current conflict be

Featured Speakers:
Ambassador Ron Dermer
Michael Doran
19
May 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | A Conversation with Secretary Michael R. Pompeo
Featured Speakers:
Michael R. Pompeo
Michael Doran
19
May 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | A Conversation with Secretary Michael R. Pompeo

Please be advised: This event will premiere on this page at 2:00 p.m. EDT, Thursday, May 20. Register for the event here or via the register button.

Featured Speakers:
Michael R. Pompeo
Michael Doran
14
May 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | A Conversation with David Albright
Featured Speakers:
David Albright
Michael Doran
14
May 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | A Conversation with David Albright

Please be advised: This event will premiere on this page at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Friday, May 14. Register for the event here or via the register button.

Featured Speakers:
David Albright
Michael Doran
19
April 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | Taking Stock of China’s Emerging Middle Eastern Kingdom
Featured Speakers:
Xiyue Wang
Bernard Haykel
Michael Doran
Peter Rough
19
April 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | Taking Stock of China’s Emerging Middle Eastern Kingdom

Join Hudson Institute Senior Fellows Peter Rough and Michael Doran and experts Xiyue Wang and Bernard Haykel for a discussion on China’s Middle East

Featured Speakers:
Xiyue Wang
Bernard Haykel
Michael Doran
Peter Rough
17
December 2020
Past Event
Video Event | The War in the Caucasus: What Does it Mean for America?
Featured Speakers:
Matthew Bryza
Ahmad Obali
Brenda Shaffer
Michael Doran
17
December 2020
Past Event
Video Event | The War in the Caucasus: What Does it Mean for America?

Azerbaijan’s victory in the recent war with Armenia has created a new balance of power in the Caspian region. The military capabilities Azerbaijan

Featured Speakers:
Matthew Bryza
Ahmad Obali
Brenda Shaffer
Michael Doran
11
June 2020
Past Event
Video Event | Great Power Competition in the Middle East
Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Glen Howard
David Schenker
Miles Yu
11
June 2020
Past Event
Video Event | Great Power Competition in the Middle East

**__Please be advised: This event will premiere at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Thursday, June 11. Click here to view this event on Hudson’s website.__**

Join H

Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Glen Howard
David Schenker
Miles Yu
12
May 2020
Past Event
Video Event | Maximum Pressure on the Assad Regime for its Chemical Weapons Use and Other Atrocities
Featured Speakers:
Thomas DiNanno
Ambassador James Jeffrey
David Asher
Michael Doran
12
May 2020
Past Event
Video Event | Maximum Pressure on the Assad Regime for its Chemical Weapons Use and Other Atrocities

**__Please be advised: This event will be premiering at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, May 12.__**

In addition to all the atrocities committed during the c

Featured Speakers:
Thomas DiNanno
Ambassador James Jeffrey
David Asher
Michael Doran
06
May 2020
Past Event
Video Event | Analyzing the Impact of the "Maximum Pressure" Campaign on Iran Amid Coronavirus
Featured Speakers:
David Asher
Michael Doran
Scott Modell
Mohsen Sazegara
06
May 2020
Past Event
Video Event | Analyzing the Impact of the "Maximum Pressure" Campaign on Iran Amid Coronavirus

**__Please be advised: This event will be premiering at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6.__**

The Islamic Republic of Iran is in the midst of a severe

Featured Speakers:
David Asher
Michael Doran
Scott Modell
Mohsen Sazegara
06
April 2020
Past Event
Video Livestream | Priorities of Israel's National Unity Government: A Discussion with Ambassador Danny Danon
Featured Speakers:
Danny Danon
Michael Doran
06
April 2020
Past Event
Video Livestream | Priorities of Israel's National Unity Government: A Discussion with Ambassador Danny Danon

**__Please be advised: This event will be livestreamed only starting at 3:00 p.m. EDT, Monday, April 6.__**

**__If you have questions for our panelis

Featured Speakers:
Danny Danon
Michael Doran
31
March 2020
Past Event
Video Livestream | How Will the Coronavirus Pandemic Impact Great Power Competition?
Featured Speakers:
Eric Brown
Michael Doran
Blaise Misztal
Nadia Schadlow
31
March 2020
Past Event
Video Livestream | How Will the Coronavirus Pandemic Impact Great Power Competition?

Hudson experts discuss how the novel coronavirus pandemic is shaping strategic competition.

Featured Speakers:
Eric Brown
Michael Doran
Blaise Misztal
Nadia Schadlow
11
February 2020
Past Event
President Trump's Plan for Peace in the Middle East
Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Jon Lerner
Lewis Libby
11
February 2020
Past Event
President Trump's Plan for Peace in the Middle East

On Tuesday, February 11, join Hudson Institute for a panel discussion on President Trump’s plan for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Jon Lerner
Lewis Libby
15
January 2020
Past Event
The Future of Iran: A Conversation with Reza Pahlavi
Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Reza Pahlavi
15
January 2020
Past Event
The Future of Iran: A Conversation with Reza Pahlavi

**NOTE: This event is by invitation only and non-transferable. Please email pthomas@hudson.org with any questions.**

The demise of Qassem Soleimani i

Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Reza Pahlavi
11
December 2019
Past Event
Iran's Deadly Repression and the U.S. Response
Featured Speakers:
Tony Badran
Michael Doran
Mariam Memarsadeghi
Blaise Misztal
11
December 2019
Past Event
Iran's Deadly Repression and the U.S. Response

Join Hudson Institute for a panel discussion on the situation in Iran and its implications for U.S. foreign policy.

Featured Speakers:
Tony Badran
Michael Doran
Mariam Memarsadeghi
Blaise Misztal
05
December 2019
Past Event
Americans Held Captive Abroad: A Conversation with Senator Tom Cotton on The Global Hostage Act
Featured Speakers:
Senator Tom Cotton
Michael Doran
05
December 2019
Past Event
Americans Held Captive Abroad: A Conversation with Senator Tom Cotton on The Global Hostage Act

Hudson Institute will host Senator Tom Cotton for a discussion on The Global Hostage Act, which he recently introduced with Senator Ted Cruz. The bill

Featured Speakers:
Senator Tom Cotton
Michael Doran
03
September 2019
Past Event
Interventionism vs. Isolationism: A Conversation with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz
Featured Speakers:
Senator Ted Cruz
Michael Doran
Getty Images
03
September 2019
Past Event
Interventionism vs. Isolationism: A Conversation with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Michael Doran discussed U.S. Foreign Policy

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Featured Speakers:
Senator Ted Cruz
Michael Doran
31
May 2019
Past Event
Maximum Pressure: Inevitable Conflict with Iran or a Calmer Middle East?
Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Rebeccah Heinrichs
Lee Smith
Jay Solomon
Ray Takeyh
31
May 2019
Past Event
Maximum Pressure: Inevitable Conflict with Iran or a Calmer Middle East?

Experts discuss U.S.-Iran tensions

Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Rebeccah Heinrichs
Lee Smith
Jay Solomon
Ray Takeyh
18
April 2019
Past Event
Crisis in Yemen: A Strategic Threat to U.S. Interests and Allies?
Featured Speakers:
Fatima Abo Alasrar
Michael Doran
Bernard Haykel
Lee Smith
Houthi female loyalists rally to mark the fourth anniversary of the war on March 26, 2019 in Sana'a, Yemen.
18
April 2019
Past Event
Crisis in Yemen: A Strategic Threat to U.S. Interests and Allies?

Experts discuss Yemen

Houthi female loyalists rally to mark the fourth anniversary of the war on March 26, 2019 in Sana'a, Yemen.
Featured Speakers:
Fatima Abo Alasrar
Michael Doran
Bernard Haykel
Lee Smith
01
March 2019
Past Event
Victory Over the Islamic State and U.S. Withdrawal From Syria
Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Jomana Qaddour
Bassam Ishak
Jonas Parello-Plesner
01
March 2019
Past Event
Victory Over the Islamic State and U.S. Withdrawal From Syria

Experts discuss the U.S. drawdown in Syria

Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Jomana Qaddour
Bassam Ishak
Jonas Parello-Plesner
08
November 2018
Past Event
Iran Sanctions: Mounting Pressure or Concessions to Europe?
Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Ray Takeyh
Jay Solomon
Lee Smith
(Photo by Alexander Shcherbak\TASS via Getty Images)
08
November 2018
Past Event
Iran Sanctions: Mounting Pressure or Concessions to Europe?

Experts discuss Iran sanctions

(Photo by Alexander Shcherbak\TASS via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Ray Takeyh
Jay Solomon
Lee Smith
26
October 2018
Past Event
Next Steps for U.S. Strategy in Syria
Featured Speakers:
Mariam Jalabi
Michael Doran
Jonas Parello-Plesner
Jomana Qaddour
Vehicles belonging to US-backed coalition forces in the northern Syrian town of Manbij, May 8, 2018 (DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
26
October 2018
Past Event
Next Steps for U.S. Strategy in Syria

Experts discuss U.S. Syria strategy

Vehicles belonging to US-backed coalition forces in the northern Syrian town of Manbij, May 8, 2018 (DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Mariam Jalabi
Michael Doran
Jonas Parello-Plesner
Jomana Qaddour
10
September 2018
Past Event
The War on Something-ism: 17 Years and Counting
Featured Speakers:
Thomas Joscelyn
Bill Roggio
Michael Pregent
Catherine Herrridge
Michael Doran
10
September 2018
Past Event
The War on Something-ism: 17 Years and Counting

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio, Mike Pregent, Mike Doran, and Catherine Herridge discuss the ongoing war on terrorism.

Featured Speakers:
Thomas Joscelyn
Bill Roggio
Michael Pregent
Catherine Herrridge
Michael Doran
10
May 2018
Past Event
Israel, Iran, and the Future of the Iranian Nuclear Deal: A Conversation with Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States
Featured Speakers:
Ambassador Ron Dermer
Michael Doran
10
May 2018
Past Event
Israel, Iran, and the Future of the Iranian Nuclear Deal: A Conversation with Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States

On May 10th, Hudson Institute hosted Israel's ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, for a discussion on the future of the Iran Deal

Featured Speakers:
Ambassador Ron Dermer
Michael Doran
09
May 2018
Past Event
Trump and the JCPOA: It’s the End of the World As We Know It?
Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Behnam Ben Taleblu
Michael Pregent
Richard Goldberg
Kylie Atwood
09
May 2018
Past Event
Trump and the JCPOA: It’s the End of the World As We Know It?

Michael Doran, Michael Pregent, Richard Goldberg, and Behnam Ben Taleblu discuss the Iran Deal.

Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Behnam Ben Taleblu
Michael Pregent
Richard Goldberg
Kylie Atwood
08
May 2018
Past Event
Syria: Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?
Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Jonas Parello-Plesner
Mariam Jalabi
Mohammad Al Abdallah
April 28, 2018 explosions appearing in the skyline of a southern district of the Syrian capital Damascus, during regime strikes targeting the Islamic State group in the Palestinian camp of Yarmuk, and neighbouring districts.
08
May 2018
Past Event
Syria: Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?

Michael Doran, Jonas Parello-Plesner, Mariam Jalabi, and Mohammad Al Abdallah discuss the U.S.'s strategy in Syria.

April 28, 2018 explosions appearing in the skyline of a southern district of the Syrian capital Damascus, during regime strikes targeting the Islamic State group in the Palestinian camp of Yarmuk, and neighbouring districts.
Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Jonas Parello-Plesner
Mariam Jalabi
Mohammad Al Abdallah
26
February 2018
Past Event
Taking Stock of Trump’s Foreign Policy After Year One
Featured Speakers:
Walter Russell Mead
Michael Doran
Rebeccah Heinrichs
Tod Lindberg
26
February 2018
Past Event
Taking Stock of Trump’s Foreign Policy After Year One

Walter Russell Mead, Michael Doran, Craig Kennedy, Rebeccah Heinrich, and Tod Lindberg discuss Trump's first year in office.

Featured Speakers:
Walter Russell Mead
Michael Doran
Rebeccah Heinrichs
Tod Lindberg
23
January 2018
Past Event
Turkey, the Kurds, and the Struggle for Order in the Middle East
Featured Speakers:
Eric Brown
Michael Doran
Peter Rough
23
January 2018
Past Event
Turkey, the Kurds, and the Struggle for Order in the Middle East

Eric Brown, Michael Doran, and Peter Rough will discuss the Middle East.

Featured Speakers:
Eric Brown
Michael Doran
Peter Rough
10
January 2018
Past Event
The Crisis in Iran and Its Implications for Syria
Featured Speakers:
Dr. Kamal al-Labwani
Reuel Marc Gerecht
Michael Doran
10
January 2018
Past Event
The Crisis in Iran and Its Implications for Syria

Dr. Kamal al-Labwani, Reuel Marc Gerecht, and Michael Doran will discuss the state of play in Iran and its impact on the conflict in Syria.

Featured Speakers:
Dr. Kamal al-Labwani
Reuel Marc Gerecht
Michael Doran
20
November 2017
Past Event
Is Lebanon Saudi Arabia's New Zone of Confrontation with Iran?
Featured Speakers:
Lee Smith
Michael Doran
Mohammed Alyahya
Tony Badran
Saudi King Salman receives former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who resigned recently, in Riyadh, November 6, 2017 (Bandar Algaloud / Saudi Royal Council / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
20
November 2017
Past Event
Is Lebanon Saudi Arabia's New Zone of Confrontation with Iran?

Lee Smith, Michael Doran, Mohammed Alyahya, and Tony Badran discuss tensions between Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Iran.

Saudi King Salman receives former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who resigned recently, in Riyadh, November 6, 2017 (Bandar Algaloud / Saudi Royal Council / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Lee Smith
Michael Doran
Mohammed Alyahya
Tony Badran
25
September 2017
Past Event
The Trump Administration and the Middle East: What Should America Do Next?
Featured Speakers:
Lee Smith
Michael Doran
Michael O’Hanlon
Peter Rough
Armored vehicles belonging to Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units near Tal Afar, August 31, 2017 (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)
25
September 2017
Past Event
The Trump Administration and the Middle East: What Should America Do Next?

Michael Doran, Peter Rough, Michael O’Hanlon, and Lee Smith debate President Trump's Middle East reset

Armored vehicles belonging to Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units near Tal Afar, August 31, 2017 (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Lee Smith
Michael Doran
Michael O’Hanlon
Peter Rough
06
July 2017
Past Event
Russian Interference: Past, Present, and Future
Featured Speakers:
Bret Baier
Michael Doran
Michael Pregent
David Tafuri
Hannah Thoburn
A computer hard drive showing the portrait of Russian President Putin (Ulrich Baumgarten/Getty Images)
06
July 2017
Past Event
Russian Interference: Past, Present, and Future

Bret Baier, Michael Doran, Michael Pregent, David Tafuri, and Hannah Thoburn examine Russian interference in Western politics and elections

A computer hard drive showing the portrait of Russian President Putin (Ulrich Baumgarten/Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Bret Baier
Michael Doran
Michael Pregent
David Tafuri
Hannah Thoburn
21
June 2017
Past Event
Securing Stability in the Middle East and North Africa: How Should the U.S. and the European Union Work Together?
Featured Speakers:
Nick Westcott
Michael Doran
President Donald Trump meeting with EU Chief Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels on May 25, 2017 (Didier Lebrun/Photonews via Getty Images)
21
June 2017
Past Event
Securing Stability in the Middle East and North Africa: How Should the U.S. and the European Union Work Together?

Nick Westcott and Michael Doran discuss European and US coordination on efforts to promote security in the Middle East and North Africa

President Donald Trump meeting with EU Chief Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels on May 25, 2017 (Didier Lebrun/Photonews via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Nick Westcott
Michael Doran
02
June 2017
Past Event
Six Days of Fire: Israel and the June 1967 War, Fifty Years On
Featured Speakers:
Lee Smith
Michael Doran
Hillel Fradkin
Liel Leibovitz
At the end of the Six Day War, Israeli soldiers hug and kiss the stones of the Western Wall, Old City of Jerusalem, Israel, June 11, 1967 (Dan Porges/Getty Images)
02
June 2017
Past Event
Six Days of Fire: Israel and the June 1967 War, Fifty Years On

Michael Doran, Hillel Fradkin, Liel Leibovitz, and Lee Smith on the impact of the June 1967 War in Israel and its importance today to the Middle East

At the end of the Six Day War, Israeli soldiers hug and kiss the stones of the Western Wall, Old City of Jerusalem, Israel, June 11, 1967 (Dan Porges/Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Lee Smith
Michael Doran
Hillel Fradkin
Liel Leibovitz
10
March 2017
Past Event
The Syrian Crisis: American Interests and Moral Considerations
Featured Speakers:
Rebeccah Heinrichs
Michael Doran
Marc LiVecche
Nina Shea
A Kurdish Syrian woman walks with her child past the ruins of the town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, on March 25, 2015. (YASIN AKGUL/AFP/Getty Images)
10
March 2017
Past Event
The Syrian Crisis: American Interests and Moral Considerations

Michael Doran, Nina Shea, Rebeccah Heinrichs and Marc LiVecche on U.S. interests, options and moral considerations for addressing the Syrian civil war

A Kurdish Syrian woman walks with her child past the ruins of the town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, on March 25, 2015. (YASIN AKGUL/AFP/Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Rebeccah Heinrichs
Michael Doran
Marc LiVecche
Nina Shea
09
February 2017
Past Event
America's Allies in the New Administration: Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States
Featured Speakers:
Lee Smith
Michael Doran
Mohammed Alyahya
Ali Shihabi
Leclerc tanks of the Saudi-led coalition are deployed in the coastal district of Dhubab on January 7, 2017, during a military operation against Shiite Huthi rebels and their allies. (SALEH AL-OBEIDI/AFP/Getty Images)
09
February 2017
Past Event
America's Allies in the New Administration: Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States

Michael Doran, Lee Smith, Mohammed Alyahya, and Ali Shihabi discuss Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the new direction of the Trump administration.

Leclerc tanks of the Saudi-led coalition are deployed in the coastal district of Dhubab on January 7, 2017, during a military operation against Shiite Huthi rebels and their allies. (SALEH AL-OBEIDI/AFP/Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Lee Smith
Michael Doran
Mohammed Alyahya
Ali Shihabi
21
November 2016
Past Event
The American Moment in the Middle East--from Eisenhower to Trump
Featured Speakers:
Lee Smith
Michael Doran
Walter Russell Mead
Ray Takeyh
'Fox Camp': Logistic base for US Marines in Kuwait, March 13, 2003. (Gilles BASSIGNAC/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
21
November 2016
Past Event
The American Moment in the Middle East--from Eisenhower to Trump

Michael Doran, Walter Russell Mead, Ray Takeyh, and Lee Smith on Eisenhower's experience and the Trump administration's options in the Middle East

'Fox Camp': Logistic base for US Marines in Kuwait, March 13, 2003. (Gilles BASSIGNAC/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Lee Smith
Michael Doran
Walter Russell Mead
Ray Takeyh
04
November 2016
Past Event
A View of the U.S. Election From Iraq
Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Amb. Feisal Istrabadi
Michael Pregent
Nussaibah Younis
04
November 2016
Past Event
A View of the U.S. Election From Iraq

Feisal Istrabadi, Nussaibah Younis, Michael Doran and Michael Pregent discuss U.S.-Iraq relations under the next president and the fight against ISIS.

Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Amb. Feisal Istrabadi
Michael Pregent
Nussaibah Younis
11
September 2016
Past Event
Is the War on Terrorism Really Winnable?
Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Shadi Hamid
Jessica Stern
Gideon Rose
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11
September 2016
Past Event
Is the War on Terrorism Really Winnable?

Michael Doran, Shadi Hamid, Jessica Stern, and Gideon Rose discuss if ISIS and other organized terror groups be defeated in the Islamic Middle East.

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Featured Speakers:
Michael Doran
Shadi Hamid
Jessica Stern
Gideon Rose
26
July 2016
Past Event
Israel and Hezbollah: The Prospect of Renewed Hostilities Ten Years after War
Featured Speakers:
Lee Smith
Reuven Azar
Michael Doran
Tony Badran
26
July 2016
Past Event
Israel and Hezbollah: The Prospect of Renewed Hostilities Ten Years after War

Lee Smith, Michael Doran, Reuven Azar, and Tony Badran discuss the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah War and the prospect of resumed conflict.

Featured Speakers:
Lee Smith
Reuven Azar
Michael Doran
Tony Badran
10
May 2016
Past Event
The Middle East in Crisis: A Discussion with Senator Marco Rubio
Featured Speakers:
Senator Marco Rubio
Michael Doran
10
May 2016
Past Event
The Middle East in Crisis: A Discussion with Senator Marco Rubio

Senator Marco Rubio joins Hudson Senior Fellow Michael Doran for a conversation on the Middle East.

Featured Speakers:
Senator Marco Rubio
Michael Doran
07
April 2016
Past Event
Assessing the Obama Doctrine in the Middle East ─ What Next?
Featured Speakers:
Sen. Lindsey Graham
Michael Doran
Michele Dunne
Amb. Eric Edelman
Robert Satloff
07
April 2016
Past Event
Assessing the Obama Doctrine in the Middle East ─ What Next?

Senator Lindsey Graham gave remarks at a panel on the Middle East featuring Robert Satloff, Amb. Eric Edelman, Michele Dunne, and Michael Doran.

Featured Speakers:
Sen. Lindsey Graham
Michael Doran
Michele Dunne
Amb. Eric Edelman
Robert Satloff
29
March 2016
Past Event
The Syrian War, Five Years On
Featured Speakers:
Lee Smith
Michael Doran
Joseph Bahout
Jomana Qaddour
29
March 2016
Past Event
The Syrian War, Five Years On

Michael Doran, Joseph Bahout, Jomana Qaddour, and Lee Smith discuss the Syrian War.

Featured Speakers:
Lee Smith
Michael Doran
Joseph Bahout
Jomana Qaddour
15
January 2016
Past Event
Turmoil in the Persian Gulf—Are Iran and Saudi Arabia Poised for More Conflict?
Featured Speakers:
Ali Alfoneh
Michael Doran
Phillip Smyth
Lee Smith
15
January 2016
Past Event
Turmoil in the Persian Gulf—Are Iran and Saudi Arabia Poised for More Conflict?

Hudson Institute hosts a panel on the burgeoning conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia with Ali Alfoneh, Michael Doran, Phillip Smyth, and Lee Smith

Featured Speakers:
Ali Alfoneh
Michael Doran
Phillip Smyth
Lee Smith
29
September 2015
Past Event
Does Putin’s Move on Syria Make Russia the New Middle East Power Broker?
Featured Speakers:
Lee Smith
Michael Doran
Hannah Thoburn
Tony Badran
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29
September 2015
Past Event
Does Putin’s Move on Syria Make Russia the New Middle East Power Broker?

Lee Smith, Michael Doran, Tony Badran, & Hannah Thoburn discuss Putin's power play in Syria and the balance of international power in the Middle East.

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Featured Speakers:
Lee Smith
Michael Doran
Hannah Thoburn
Tony Badran
11
September 2015
Past Event
Can Iran Inspect Itself?: IAEA Side Agreements and the Iran Nuclear Deal
Featured Speakers:
Lee Smith
David Albright
Omri Ceren
Michael Doran
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11
September 2015
Past Event
Can Iran Inspect Itself?: IAEA Side Agreements and the Iran Nuclear Deal

David Albright, Omri Ceren, Michael Doran, and Lee Smith discuss separate arrangements between Iran and IAEA, the JCPOA, and nuclear nonproliferation.

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Featured Speakers:
Lee Smith
David Albright
Omri Ceren
Michael Doran
28
July 2015
Past Event
Can the P5+1's Vienna Deal Prevent an Iranian Nuclear Breakout?
Featured Speakers:
Senator Tom Cotton
Michael Doran
William Tobey
Hillel Fradkin
Lee Smith
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28
July 2015
Past Event
Can the P5+1's Vienna Deal Prevent an Iranian Nuclear Breakout?

Senator Tom Cotton, Michael Doran, Lee Smith, William Tobey, and Hillel Fradkin discuss the Iran nuclear deal.

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Featured Speakers:
Senator Tom Cotton
Michael Doran
William Tobey
Hillel Fradkin
Lee Smith
16
July 2015
Past Event
Facing New Threats: Towards a Transatlantic Renewal
Featured Speakers:
Kenneth Weinstein
Ambassador Mark Green
Paulo Rangel
Mikuláš Dzurinda
Stephen Nix
Sandra Kalniete
Jeffrey Gedmin
David J. Kramer
Werner Fasslabend
Michael Benhamou
Michael Doran
Elliott Abrams
Davis Lewin
Jacob Funk Kirkegaard
Danuta Maria Hübner
Christopher Sands
Roland Freudenstein
Michael Pillsbury
Olin Wethington
Raquel Vaz Pinto
Benjamin Haddad
Paul McCarthy
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16
July 2015
Past Event
Facing New Threats: Towards a Transatlantic Renewal

The Transatlantic Think Tank Conference is a three-day event organized by Hudson Institute, IRI, and the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies.

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Featured Speakers:
Kenneth Weinstein
Ambassador Mark Green
Paulo Rangel
Mikuláš Dzurinda
Stephen Nix
Sandra Kalniete
Jeffrey Gedmin
David J. Kramer
Werner Fasslabend
Michael Benhamou
Michael Doran
Elliott Abrams
Davis Lewin
Jacob Funk Kirkegaard
Danuta Maria Hübner
Christopher Sands
Roland Freudenstein
Michael Pillsbury
Olin Wethington
Raquel Vaz Pinto
Benjamin Haddad
Paul McCarthy
24
April 2015
Past Event
What's Wrong with the Proposed Nuclear Deal with Iran?
Featured Speakers:
Lee Smith
Michael Doran
Matthew Kroenig
David Samuels
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24
April 2015
Past Event
What's Wrong with the Proposed Nuclear Deal with Iran?

Lee Smith joins Michael Doran, Matthew Kroenig, and David Samuels on the implications of the in-progress nuclear deal with Iran.

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Featured Speakers:
Lee Smith
Michael Doran
Matthew Kroenig
David Samuels
19
March 2015
Past Event
How Should the U.S. Roll Back and Defeat the Islamic State?
Featured Speakers:
Lee Smith
Michael Doran
Kimberly Kagan
Michael Pregent
Joel Rayburn
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19
March 2015
Past Event
How Should the U.S. Roll Back and Defeat the Islamic State?

The sectarian clash that erupted four years ago in Syria has metastasized into a conflict that has engulfed much of the Middle East and spread beyond

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Featured Speakers:
Lee Smith
Michael Doran
Kimberly Kagan
Michael Pregent
Joel Rayburn
20
February 2015
Past Event
Ten Years After the Assassination of Rafik Hariri: the Fate of Lebanon and the Future of the Middle East
Featured Speakers:
Lee Smith
Michael Doran
Tony Badran
Hussain Abdul Hussain
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20
February 2015
Past Event
Ten Years After the Assassination of Rafik Hariri: the Fate of Lebanon and the Future of the Middle East

The assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri a decade ago not only cut down one of the region’s moderate Muslim leaders but also

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Featured Speakers:
Lee Smith
Michael Doran
Tony Badran
Hussain Abdul Hussain
09
December 2014
Past Event
The Future of the Middle East: Regional Scenarios Beyond the Obama Years
Featured Speakers:
Lee Smith
Shmuel Bar
Michael Doran
Hillel Fradkin
09
December 2014
Past Event
The Future of the Middle East: Regional Scenarios Beyond the Obama Years

Shmuel Bar, Michael Doran, Hillel Fradkin, and Lee Smith explore U.S. policy in the Middle East with respect to future regional strategy.

Featured Speakers:
Lee Smith
Shmuel Bar
Michael Doran
Hillel Fradkin
19
November 2014
Past Event
Weighing the Costs and Benefits of a Prospective U.S.-Iran Nuclear Deal
Featured Speakers:
Lee Smith
David Albright
Michael Doran
Hillel Fradkin
Ray Takeyh
19
November 2014
Past Event
Weighing the Costs and Benefits of a Prospective U.S.-Iran Nuclear Deal

Lee Smith lead a panel discussion with David Albright, Michael Doran, Hillel Fradkin and Ray Takeyh on the impact of a nuclear deal with Iran.

Featured Speakers:
Lee Smith
David Albright
Michael Doran
Hillel Fradkin
Ray Takeyh
14
August 2014
Past Event
Which Poses the Bigger Threat to U.S. National Security—Iran or Non-State Sunni Extremism?
Featured Speakers:
Lee Smith
Michael Doran
Hillel Fradkin
Brian Katulis
14
August 2014
Past Event
Which Poses the Bigger Threat to U.S. National Security—Iran or Non-State Sunni Extremism?

On August 14, Hudson Institute hosted a panel on whether al Qaeda or Iran constitutes the major strategic threat to US interests in the Middle East

Featured Speakers:
Lee Smith
Michael Doran
Hillel Fradkin
Brian Katulis
31
January 2014
Past Event
The United States, Iran, and the Post-Geneva Middle East: What's Next After the Joint Plan of Action Is Implemented?
Featured Speakers:
Lee Smith
Michael Doran
Hillel Fradkin
Ray Takeyh
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31
January 2014
Past Event
The United States, Iran, and the Post-Geneva Middle East: What's Next After the Joint Plan of Action Is Implemented?

A Hudson Institute panel discussion on the "Joint Plan of Action" nuclear agreement with Iran, and the future of American Middle East security policy.

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Featured Speakers:
Lee Smith
Michael Doran
Hillel Fradkin
Ray Takeyh
An airman unstraps an inert Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) during the Lone Star Challenge at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, on July 13, 2023. (US Air Force photo)
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An airman unstraps an inert Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) during the Lone Star Challenge at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, on July 13, 2023. (US Air Force photo)
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