In his February 12 lecture on Israel and the American administrations of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, foreign-policy analyst Michael Doran showed us how President Nixon and his senior advisor Henry Kissinger deployed a new political logic in the Middle East, one that positioned the United States as the only global power that could bring an end to the Yom Kippur War.
On March 13, in the next lecture in his series on Israel and the American presidents, Dr. Doran will compare Nixon and Kissinger’s approach with that of Jimmy Carter, who sought to impose a radically different political framework on Israel and the region.
Which administration is most responsible for the momentous Camp David Accords of 1978, in which Egypt and Israel made peace only five years after fighting a bloody war? The standard historical view credits Carter. Dr. Doran will complicate this standard historical view. And along the way, he will also show how Carter set the stage for a new way of American thinking about Israel and the Palestinians that in later years would come to harm both of them.
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 March 13. Recordings will be made available for five days after each lecture. Just watch this page when the time comes.
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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