Barack Obama

A free live webcast with Michael Doran on Israel and the administration of Barack Obama.

Lecture
July 9 2018
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.


In the ninth lecture in his ten-part series on Israel and the American presidents, Michael Doran will argue that the greater our distance from the age of the cold war, which focused the attention of policymakers on vital national interests, the more American policy toward Israel—and the Middle East in general—has become an extension of domestic politics. The presidency of Barack Obama offers a textbook example of this process.

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