Michael Doran sits in a tank and thinks - mainly about the Middle East. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC, but in the past, he served in the White House, the State Department, and the Pentagon. He also worked at the Brookings Institution, and taught at NYU, Princeton, and the University of Central Florida.
He is the author of two path-breaking articles. "Somebody Else's Civil War" (Foreign Affairs, 2002) was the first to advance the "near-enemy/far-enemy" thesis: the idea that, on 9/11, al-Qaeda attacked the far enemy, the United States, as a way of striking at the near enemy, Muslim regimes in the Middle East. "Obama's Secret Iran Strategy" (Mosaic Magazine, 2015) revealed that President Obama was using the nuclear negotiations with Tehran as a means of effecting a detente in US-Iranian relations a broad realignment of American power in the Middle East.
Doran's first book, Pan-Arabism before Nasser, analyzed the 1948 Arab-Israeli war as an inter-Arab conflict. His second book, Ike's Gamble, which was just released, traces the evolution in President Eisenhower's thinking about the Middle East.
He writes in major magazines and newspapers, testifies before Congress, appears on TV, and tweets - @Doranimated.