On April 16, in the next lecture in his series on Israel and the American presidents, the renowned foreign-policy analyst Michael Doran will take the U.S.–Israel relationship into the 1980s.
In 1980, three years after Israel elected its first Likud government, the United States ushered in a conservative revolution of its own, one that would have dramatic ramifications for American foreign policy. Under Ronald Reagan America would no longer seek détente with the Soviet Union, as it did under Jimmy Carter, and it would again project military strength abroad.
What did this new strategy mean for America’s Middle East policy, and specifically its policy on Israel? How in particular was Israel’s war in Lebanon seen from Reagan’s White House?
That’s one set of questions Dr. Doran will take up in this lecture. But he’ll also look at the picture from the other way around: the Israeli perspective. How did Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Shamir, and Shimon Peres—the three very different Israeli premiers whom Reagan dealt with in his time in office—relate to his administration and to the American people who elected it?
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 April 16. 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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