George W. Bush

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

Lecture
June 11 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.


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.

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