George W. Bush

A free live webcast with Michael Doran on Israel and the administration of George W. Bush.

June 11 2018
About the author

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

George W. Bush campaigned for the presidency as a compassionate conservative determined to focus on domestic policy and avoid foreign entanglements. Coming into office, and in contrast to his predecessor Bill Clinton, he was disinclined to engage in fevered diplomacy in hopes of striking a deal between Israel and the Palestinians. But with the attacks of 9/11, America suddenly found itself confronting the threats of terrorism and Islamism long faced by Israel.

In the next years, as Yasir Arafat’s second intifada dragged on and American troops went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq, the bonds between the Bush administration and Ariel Sharon’s government deepened.

Just how the U.S.-Israel relationship developed throughout President Bush’s two terms and their many consequential changes in policy—military, strategic, political, and diplomatic—is the theme of Michael Doran’s upcoming lecture, the eighth in his year-long series on Israel and the American presidents.

We hope you can join us!

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 Location: Live Webcast


The lectures will be webcast live from the Tikvah Center in Manhattan at 6:30 pm on June 11. Recordings will be made available for five days after each lecture. Just watch this page when the time comes, or enter your email above to be sent a reminder.


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.




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