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Douglas J. Feith

Senior Fellow

Douglas J. Feith is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute. He works on a range of foreign and defense issues, writing and lecturing on such topics as terrorism, arms control, alliance relations, national security policy making and the relationship of policy and intelligence. His projects at Hudson have examined U.S. policy toward East and South Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East. He is writing a history of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Mr. Feith served as under secretary of defense for policy from July 2001 to August 2005. In that position, he helped devise the U.S. government’s strategy for the war on terrorism and contributed to policy for the Afghanistan and Iraq campaigns. Mr. Feith’s duties included managing the Defense Department’s international relations and representing the Department in interagency policy making. War and Decision, Mr. Feith’s best-selling memoir of his Pentagon work on the war on terrorism, was published in 2008.

Mr. Feith helped plan the worldwide changes in the U.S. defense posture, develop new U.S. strategic partnerships with India and Pakistan, promote NATO enlargement and reform, and craft U.S. policy toward China. Mr. Feith advised President Bush and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld on the range of national security issues, including the nuclear programs of North Korea and Iran, the counter-insurgency in Colombia, and Palestinian-Israeli peace diplomacy.

Before President Bush appointed him in July 2001, Mr. Feith was for fifteen years the managing attorney of the Washington, D.C. law firm Feith & Zell, P.C. In the Reagan administration, Mr. Feith worked at the White House as a Middle East specialist for the National Security Council and then served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for negotiations policy.

After each of his Pentagon tours, Mr. Feith received the Distinguished Public Service Medal, the Defense Department’s highest civilian award.

Mr. Feith’s writings on foreign and defense affairs have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Commentary, New Republic, and elsewhere. He has contributed chapters to a number of books, including Churchill as Peacemaker; Israel’s Legitimacy in Law and History; and Hydra of Carnage: International Linkages of Terrorism.

Mr. Feith was a Belfer Center visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He held the position of professor and distinguished practitioner in national security policy at Georgetown University from 2006 to 2008, and was a distinguished visiting fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He holds a J.D. (magna cum laude) from the Georgetown University Law Center and an A.B. (magna cum laude) from Harvard College.

In the Media

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Doug Feith discusses China and Iran during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Doug Feith discusses China and Iran during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Secure Freedom Radio

Doug Feith discusses the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan.

Doug Feith discusses the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan.

Doug Feith discusses the “Pompeo Doctrine” and the legal status of Israel’s settlements.

Doug Feith discusses the “Pompeo Doctrine” and the legal status of Israel’s settlements.

Hudson Institute’s John Walters and Douglas Feith talk about the explosive Afghanistan Papers and reflect on the history of the war.

Hudson Institute’s John Walters and Douglas Feith talk about the explosive Afghanistan Papers and reflect on the history of the war.

The Realignment

Doug Feith discusses the future of U.S.-Israel relations following Israel’s attorney general announcing his planned indictment of Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Doug Feith discusses the future of U.S.-Israel relations following Israel’s attorney general announcing his planned indictment of Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Douglas Feith on the Wall Street Journal Podcast, December 7, 2017

Douglas Feith on the Wall Street Journal Podcast, December 7, 2017

Douglas Feith at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, September 12, 2017

Douglas Feith at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, September 12, 2017

Israel: Settlements Aren't the Issue, Wall Street Journal Video, December 29, 2016

Israel: Settlements Aren't the Issue, Wall Street Journal Video, December 29, 2016

One-on-One with Douglas Feith, i24 News, August 11, 2016

One-on-One with Douglas Feith, i24 News, August 11, 2016

Ending Sanctions: Contrasting the Iran and Libya Cases, Testimony before the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Oversight, November 11, 2015

Ending Sanctions: Contrasting the Iran and Libya Cases, Testimony before the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Oversight, November 11, 2015

واکنش معاون پیشین وزارت دفاع آمریکا به سخنرانی کری درباره توافق اتمی ایران, VOA Farsi, September 2, 2015

واکنش معاون پیشین وزارت دفاع آمریکا به سخنرانی کری درباره توافق اتمی ایران, VOA Farsi, September 2, 2015

White House Pushing for a Bad Nuclear Deal? Fox Business, July 9, 2015

White House Pushing for a Bad Nuclear Deal? Fox Business, July 9, 2015

Douglas Feith on Obama's Iran Deal and Where it's Headed, NewsMaxTV, April 14, 2015

Douglas Feith on Obama's Iran Deal and Where it's Headed, NewsMaxTV, April 14, 2015

Doug Feith Discusses

Doug Feith Discusses "The Fatal Flaw in Obama’s Dealings With Iran", NewsMaxTV, March 12, 2015

Obama's Defense Budget, Dennis Prager Radio, February 3, 2015

Obama's Defense Budget, Dennis Prager Radio, February 3, 2015

Questions over What Measures Australia, US Should Take over Iraq, ABC News Australia, August 13, 2014

Questions over What Measures Australia, US Should Take over Iraq, ABC News Australia, August 13, 2014

The Path to War, CBS News, July 6, 2008

The Path to War, CBS News, July 6, 2008

Douglas Feith on The Daily Show, Part 1, May 12, 2008

Douglas Feith on The Daily Show, Part 1, May 12, 2008

Obama Administration Not Providing Strong Enough Leadership Against ISIS?, FOX Business, September 8, 2014

Obama Administration Not Providing Strong Enough Leadership Against ISIS?, FOX Business, September 8, 2014

Doug Feith talks about the media's coverage of Hamas on The Seth Leibsohn Show, August 6, 2014

Doug Feith talks about the media's coverage of Hamas on The Seth Leibsohn Show, August 6, 2014

Doug Feith discussing the Crimean crisis and Russia on

Doug Feith discussing the Crimean crisis and Russia on "The Steve Malzberg Show", March 24, 2014