Michael Doran

About the author

Michael Doran, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and the author of Ike’s Gamble: America’s Rise to Dominance in the Middle East (2016), is a former deputy assistant secretary of defense and a former senior director of the National Security Council. He tweets @doranimated.

Old fashioned anti-Semitism played a role, but the greater part had to do with a fear, justified or not, of provoking the Arabs.

Oct. 16 2017 12:01AM

One of them learned from his mistakes, re-examined his fundamental assumptions, and changed course as necessary.

Oct. 11 2016 12:01AM

President Obama’s foreign policy failures—Iran, Syria, Russia—aren’t accidents. They’re rooted in flawed theories and misguided judgments.

Dec. 23 2015 12:01AM

Vladimir Putin’s major new role in the Middle East is no accident. It’s part and parcel of President Obama’s broader strategy.

Dec. 1 2015 12:01AM

Those who think the Iranians outwitted us fail to recognize one very important thing: the White House never intended to contain Iran.

July 30 2015 12:01AM

The new memoir by Michael Oren, Israel’s former ambassador to Washington, tells all—except for one thing.

July 1 2015 12:01AM

The president’s address last week to Congregation Adas Israel as “an honorary member of the tribe” was something other than it seemed.

May 28 2015 12:01AM

To the president, foreign policy isn’t just about safeguarding the country. It’s also, as the Iran deal makes clear, about fashioning a creative personal narrative of the effort.

May 19 2015 12:01AM

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

April 22 2015 12:01AM

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

Feb. 24 2015 12:01AM

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?

Feb. 2 2015 12:01AM

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

Oct. 15 2014 5:00AM

How America can help the new Arab-Israel alliance to resist IS and stabilize the Middle East.

Sept. 17 2014 7:16PM
By seeking reconciliation with Iran, Washington alienates its allies and contributes to ever greater mayhem in the Middle East.
Aug. 6 2014 12:01AM
A single conflict now stretches from Baghdad to Beirut. How many sides are there—and whose side is the U.S. on?
July 2 2014 5:22PM
Nobody could match him as an interpreter of the Arab Middle East—or as a deft and witty scourge of his academic opponents.
June 26 2014 5:40PM
For the Obama administration, it’s a means toward a different end.
May 18 2014 8:00PM
What his actions in Eastern Europe tell us about how Vladimir Putin sees the Middle East.
March 26 2014 12:05AM
The president’s true message to Assad, Putin, and Khamenei: Get me out of here.
March 11 2014 2:00AM
Suppose the president never intended to roll back Iran’s nuclear program. How then would he proceed?
Feb. 6 2014 5:00AM

. . . if he were caught between the rise of al-Qaeda and Iran and the decline of the United States?

Jan. 12 2014 8:40PM