Richard Nixon & Gerald Ford

A free live webcast with Michael Doran on Israel and the momentous administration of Richard Nixon. Tonight!

Feb. 12 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.

Looking for the link to Dr. Doran’s lecture on Jimmy Carter and Camp David? Just click here.


In his January 8 lecture on Israel and the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, Michael Doran, one of America’s most renowned foreign-policy analysts, showed how the U.S.-Israel relationship developed against the backdrop of the Kennedy 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 entire Middle East.

On Monday, February 12, moving forward in his series on Israel and the American presidents, Dr. Doran will bring us face to face with the momentous administration of Richard Nixon and his extraordinary Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, the storied Israeli premiership of Golda Meir, and the unexpected shock of the 1973 Yom Kippur War. What concrete decisions did Meir and Defense Minister Moshe Dayan face as Egypt breached Israel’s southern border? How did the unfurling war look from a Washington preoccupied by Soviet brinksmanship and the scandal of Watergate? What was the real purpose of Kissinger’s shuttle diplomacy among Egypt, Syria, and Israel? How did Israel’s disengagement from Sinai contribute to its deepening strategic alliance with the United States?

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. Recordings will be made available for five days after each lecture. Just fill in your name and email and click the play button at the top of 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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