Michael Scott Doran

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Michael Doran is an American expert on the international politics of the Middle East. He is a Senior Fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. He has been a visiting professor at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School for Public Service at New York University. Prior to that, he was an assistant professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University and taught at the University of Central Florida. He was appointed to the National Security Council and Department of Defense under the Bush administration.

In Somebody Else's Civil War he argued that the September 11 attacks were part of a religious conflict within the Muslim world. Doran argued that Bin Laden's followers: "consider themselves an island of true believers surrounded by a sea of iniquity". Hoping that U.S. retaliation would unite the faithful against the West, bin Laden sought to spark revolutions in Arab nations and elsewhere - war with America was never his end; it was just a means to promote radical Islam. [1] This article is the first article to advance the thesis that Osama bin Laden used the attacks of 9/11 as a tool for influencing a conflict between Muslims.[2]

Education[edit]

Doran received his Ph.D in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University in 1997. His PhD Advisor was L. Carl Brown. He attended Stanford University, graduating with a BA in History in 1984.

Career[edit]

Doran is Senior Fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Politics at the Brookings Institution. Previously, he was a Visiting Professor, at New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School for Public Service. Before returning to academia, he was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Diplomacy at the Department of Defense in April 2007 after being the Senior Director for Near East and North African Affairs at the National Security Council from 2005 - 2007. His teaching career began at the University of Central Florida and later joined the Near East Studies Department at Princeton University as Assistant Professor until he was appointed to the Bush administration.

He has served as Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and is a scholar with the Middle East Strategy at Harvard (MESH) project of the National Security Studies Program at Harvard University. He is a frequent book reviewer for the Washington Post.

Books and articles written[edit]

Articles written about Doran[edit]

He has been called "an aficionado of Muslim extremist Web sites".[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "somebody-elses-civil-war". foreignaffairs. Retrieved 5 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Michael Doran Biography". Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Doran, Michael S. (18 February 2004). "Intimate Enemies". Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Doran, Michael (9 July 2000). "Two Turkish Tales". Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Palestine, Iraq and American Strategy". Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "The Saudi Paradox". Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  7. ^ Wright, Robin (2005-11-17). "An Eye for Terror Sites". The Washington Post. Retrieved 5 December 2009.