Getting Smart about America's Middle East Policy

As a strategic concept, defeating the Iranian-led order plays to America’s strengths, serves its vital interests, and is poised to attract the support of its traditional allies.

Ali Akbar Velayati (C), chief foreign policy advisor to Iran’s supreme leader, on November 7, 2017, in Aleppo, Syria. GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty Images.

Ali Akbar Velayati (C), chief foreign policy advisor to Iran’s supreme leader, on November 7, 2017, in Aleppo, Syria. GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty Images.

Last Word
Jan. 28 2019
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.


I deeply appreciate the generosity of Elliott Abrams, Martin Kramer, and Steven Cook in providing thoughtful responses to “The Strategy Washington Is Pursuing in the Middle East Is the Only Strategy Worth Pursuing.” I’ll offer my reactions to their arguments—with each of which I respectfully disagree—one by one.

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