Michael Doran is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, where he specializes in Middle East security issues. He served as senior advisor to the under secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs in the State Department, and prior to that, held an appointment at the Pentagon as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for support to public diplomacy, and at the National Security Council as the senior director for the Near East and North Africa. At the White House, Doran helped devise and coordinate national strategies on a variety of Middle East issues, including Arab-Israeli relations and the containment of Iran. A former senior fellow at Brookings, he has held several academic positions, teaching in the history department at the University of Central Florida, the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, and at New York Universitys Wagner School of Public Service.
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Michael Doran and Thomas Pickering are among the panelists for this discussion led by Aaron David Miller.