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Michael Doran

Michael Doran

Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute & Fmr. Sr. Director, National Security Council

Michael Doran is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., where he specializes in Middle East security issues. Doran served as a senior director on the National Security Council under President Bush and was responsible for helping to devise and coordinate U.S. strategy 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 adviser in the State Department and a deputy assistant secretary of defense in the Pentagon. 

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By seeking reconciliation with Iran, Washington alienates its allies and contributes to ever greater mayhem in the Middle East.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A single conflict now stretches from Baghdad to Beirut. How many sides are there—and whose side is the U.S. on?

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

For the Obama administration, it’s a means toward a different end.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Syria is now much more than just a civil war. It is the central battle in the conflict over the new order in the Middle East. By committing the United States to regime change, you would demonstrate solidarity with America’s traditional allies in the region.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The American flip-flop on Syria’s chemical weapons, what President Obama might be thinking about Iran, Vladimir Putin’s interest in the regional turmoil.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

In approaching the latest turmoil in the Middle East, Washington should use every means at its disposal, short of war, to influence countries whose futures are up for grabs.

Friday, June 7, 2013

A nuclear deal is only the beginning. The president’s goal, at the expense of America’s allies, is full-fledged détente with Iran.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Even his former adviser agrees that the president’s Iran policy is collapsing. Can anything be done, or is it too late?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The president has long been criticized for his lack of strategic vision. But what if a strategy, centered on Iran, has been in place from the start and consistently followed to this day?

Monday, February 2, 2015

How the president has exploited the international campaign against IS in order to accommodate Iran.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Michael Doran and Thomas Pickering are among the panelists for this discussion led by Aaron David Miller.

Monday, April 28, 2014

"Desperate to preserve the nuclear deal, Iran with the help of its Western friends is creating just enough turmoil to make America, and not it, appear eager for war."

Monday, June 24, 2019

"In our podcast this week, Michael Doran joins Jonathan Silver to explain his essay and its argument. He discusses why the revoked waivers are so important, why the Iranians believe their strategy will work, and why the biases of European governments and some prominent American Democrats play right into Iranian hands."

Thursday, June 27, 2019
"In an interview with Anderson Cooper on CNN, Mike Doran discusses recent Iranian provocations and President Trump’s response options."
Sunday, June 23, 2019

"Trump and Congress could forge a new consensus by enacting a law making the nuclear limits permanent."

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

"On the strategic questions that matter in the Middle East, the president is cleareyed."

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

"Michael Doran joins the PBS NewsHour to discuss new evidence that suggests Saudi Arabia’s crown prince orchestrated the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, and how the U.S. will respond to its longtime ally."

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

"In presenting himself to his American friends, Khashoggi fashioned himself less the Islamist and more the democratic reformer. He made a tactical alliance with former Obama officials who seek to depict Trump’s pro-Saudi and anti-Iranian policy as a disaster."

Thursday, October 18, 2018

"The S-400 crisis comes at a moment when tolerance for the government of President Erdoğan is in very short supply. In Washington, it will doubtlessly strengthen a dangerously self-fulfilling doctrine that took root several years ago among key constituencies, namely, that Turkey is no longer an ally. While the president and his advisors do not share this assessment, it is a virtual consensus in think tanks and on Capitol Hill, where people are commonly heard to remark that Turkey no longer belongs in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)."

Thursday, July 25, 2019

"America needs to back up its allies (Israel, Saudi Arabia, and potentially Turkey), and isolate its adversaries (Iran, Russia, China, Islamic State). Everything else is secondary."

Monday, January 7, 2019

"The United States will be making an exit from Syria 'very soon,' President Trump said late last month in Ohio. 'Let the other people take care of it now.' In making this announcement, the president ignored a cardinal principle of an author he holds in very high regard: himself. According to 'The Art of the Deal,' Mr. Trump’s 1987 best-selling guide to business strategy, success in negotiations requires developing leverage. The crux of the matter is appearing unflappable while making the other guy sweat. 'The worst thing you can possibly do in a deal is seem desperate to make it,' Mr. Trump wrote. 'That makes the other guy smell blood, and then you’re dead.'"

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

"By embarking for Saudi Arabia and Israel close on the heels of a meeting in Washington with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, Mr. Trump is clearly signaling an appreciation of this elemental fact. He must now build on that fact to develop a Trump Doctrine, based on shoring up traditional allies against Iran. Such a plan, built on painstaking coalition building and maintenance, isn’t glamorous or inspiring. But good statesmanship requires recognizing the limits of what is possible. The choices in the Middle East are between very bad and much worse. Mr. Trump promised us steely-eyed realism. Here’s hoping he delivers on that pledge."

Friday, May 19, 2017

"The policies of the Obama administration led to carnage in Syria, regional chaos, and the rise of Iran and its alliance with Russia. Can the momentum be reversed—without going to war?"

Tuesday, September 5, 2017