Does the U.S. Have a Middle East Strategy?

March 22, 2019 | Michael Doran
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.

Flush from its victory in the Persian Gulf War, the George H.W. Bush administration immediately turned its attention to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, organizing the Madrid conference, which would eventually lead to the Oslo Accords. To Michael Doran, this decision was symptomatic of Washington’s inability to formulate its strategic priorities in the Middle East following the end of the cold war. He explains the development and consequences of this inability in a trenchant analysis of the policies of the subsequent three administrations. (Video, 87 minutes.)

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