Israel and the American Presidents: Kennedy and Johnson

A lecture on January 8 with Michael Doran. 


In his December 18 lecture on Israel and the Eisenhower administration, the renowned foreign-policy analyst Michael Doran brought us inside the mind of President Eisenhower—showing how, at the height of the Suez crisis, Eisenhower came to rethink entirely his own views on the conflict between Israel and the Arabs, and thereby initiated a striking turnaround in American foreign policy .

On Monday, January 8, moving forward in his series on Israel and the American presidents, Dr. Doran will take us inside the administrations of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. We’ll see how the U.S.–Israel relationship continued to develop against the dramatic backdrop of President Kennedy’s assassination, the succession and re-election of President Johnson, the turmoil of the Vietnam war, the end of David Ben-Gurion’s second stint as Israel’s prime minister—and the Six-Day War that changed the landscape of the whole Middle East and helped bring about a new American perception of the Jewish state as a vital strategic asset.

This distinguished series of lectures, free of cost to our readers, has been made possible through the generous support of Bryna and Joshua Landes.


The Date


Monday, January 8, 2018 at 6:30 pm. Doors open at 6 pm.


The Lecturer: Michael Doran


Michael Doran is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC. He received his PhD in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University, and held high-level positions in the administration of George W. Bush. He appears frequently on television, and has published extensively in Mosaic, Foreign Affairs, The American Interest, Commentary, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. His most recent book is Ike’s Gamble: America’s Rise to Dominance in the Middle East.


The Location: The Tikvah Center / New York City


The lecture will take place at the Tikvah Center at 165 East 56th Street, New York, New York, 10022. In addition, a webcast recording will be made available live and for five days after.




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