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Dr. Michael Makovsky

President and Chief Executive Officer

Michael Makovsky is President and CEO of the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA), which he joined in 2013. JINSA is dedicated to educating Congressional, military and civilian national security decision-makers on American defense and strategic interests, primarily in the Middle East, the cornerstone of which is a robust U.S.-Israeli security cooperation.

A U.S. national security expert, he has worked extensively on U.S. policy toward Iran’s nuclear program, Israel, and the broader Middle East, as well as the intersection of international energy markets and politics with U.S. national security.

From 2006-2013, Makovsky was the Foreign Policy Director for the Bipartisan Policy Center. Before that, he served as special assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and was Director of Essential Services in the Washington office of the Coalition Provisional Authority, the postwar Allied entity that governed Iraq, advising senior Defense, National Security Council and Energy officials on Iraqi and Middle Eastern energy policy.

Prior to his work in the Pentagon, Makovsky worked as a senior energy market analyst for various investment firms.

Makovsky has written articles, op-eds and editorials on U.S. national security issues primarily involving the Middle East as well as energy markets, related to Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Israel and Yemen for various publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Weekly Standard, and The New Republic, and been interviewed on CNBC, CNN, Fox, NPR, Voice of America (Persian), and other media.

He is also author of Churchill’s Promised Land (Yale University Press), a diplomatic-intellectual history of Winston Churchill’s complex relationship with Zionism.

Makovsky has a Ph.D. in diplomatic history from Harvard University, an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School, and a B.A. in history from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Makovsky in the Media

Beyond sanctions, how the U.S. can pressure Iran
Reuters, May 29, 2018
By Michael Makovsky, PhD

How the U.S. Should Wish Israel a Happy 70th Birthday
Bloomberg, May 8, 2018
By Michael Makovsky, PhD and Adm. James Stavridis, USN (ret.)

It’s time for Trump to pull out of the Iran deal
Reuters, April 10, 2018
By Michael Makovsky, PhD

Congress is overdue to pass the Taylor Force Act
The Hill, March 4, 2018
By Michael Makovsky, PhD, LTG. Michael Barbero, USA (ret.), and Sander Gerber

One way to counter Iran's aggression? Change the map of the Middle East
Fox News, December 25, 2017
By Michael Makovsky, PhD

US Must Bolster Its Presence In MidEast As ISIS Falls
Breaking Defense, December 6, 2017
By Michael Makovsky, PhD, Amb. Eric Edelman and Gen Charles Wald, USAF (ret.)

Passing the Taylor Force Act will mark a vital step in the War on Terror
The Hill, November 15, 2017
By Michael Makovsky, PhD and Adm. Mark Fitzgerald, USN (ret.)

Balfour at 100
The Weekly Standard, November 2, 2017
By Michael Makovsky, PhD

The terror-fighting burden on Emmanuel Macron: What President Trump should ask from the French president
The New York Daily News, July 13, 2017
By Kenneth Weinstein, PhD and Michael Makovsky, PhD

The Two Faces of Qatar, a Dubious Mideast Ally
The Wall Street Journal, April 24, 2017
By General Charles Wald, USAF (ret.) and Michael Makovsky, PhD

Five Ways for Trump to Put Tehran on Notice
The Wall Street Journal, January 3, 2017
By Michael Makovsky

Colombia’s Alvaro Uribe a paragon of modern leadership
The Hill, October 12, 2016
By Michael Makovsky

What's the Deal with Iran
The Weekly Standard, July 18, 2016
By Michael Makovsky

Iran needs to take America seriously again
USA Today, July 14, 2016
By Eric Edelman, Michael Makovsky, and Jonathan Ruhe

What Rhodes Revealed
The Weekly Standard, May 10, 2016
By Michael Makovsky

Time to take aim at Iranian missiles
Politico, April 12, 2016
By Michael Makovsky and General Charles Wald, USAF (Ret.)

The Costanza Approach
The Weekly Standard, April 1, 2016
By Michael Makovsky and William Kristol

The Dangerous Post-Deal World
The Weekly Standard, March 17, 2016
By Michael Makovsky

Who Really Betrayed the Syrians?
The Weekly Standard, November 19, 2015
By Michael Makovsky

Iranian Cheating
The Weekly Standard, October 16, 2015
By Michael Makovsky

What Next?
The Weekly Standard, September 25, 2015
By Michael Makovsky

Congress must reject flawed nuke deal
The Hill, September 10, 2015
By Eric Edelman and Michael Makovsky

Blaming Israel First
The Weekly Standard, July 31, 2015
By Michael Makovsky and William Kristol

Deal Brings Iran Closer to Obtaining Nuclear Weapons Capability
The Weekly Standard, July 24, 2015
By Michael Makovsky

On the Consequences of the Deal
The Weekly Standard, July 17, 2015
By Michael Makovsky

‘A Perverse Consequence’
The Weekly Standard, May 13, 2015
By Michael Makovsky and William Kristol

Churchill on V-E Day
The Weekly Standard, May 7, 2015
By Michael Makovsky

Iran's Cheating
The Weekly Standard, April 13, 2015
By Michael Makovsky

Appeasement in Our Time
The Weekly Standard, February 27, 2015
By Michael Makovsky

Martin Gilbert, 1936-2015
The Weekly Standard, February 5, 2015
By Michael Makovsky

No Deal
The Weekly Standard, November 28, 2014
By Michael Makovsky and William Kristol

Sending a bunker-busting message to Iran
The Wall Street Journal, April 8, 2014
By Lt. Gen. David Deptula, USAF (ret.) and Dr. Michael Makovsky

The Obama Complex
The Weekly Standard, January 31, 2014
By Michael Makovsky and William Kristol

The Roots of Turkish Conduct: Understanding the Evolution of Turkish Policy
Report issued by the Bipartisan Policy Center
By Michael Makovsky, Ph.D; Ambassador Eric S. Edelman, Ph.D; Svante E. Cornell, Ph.D; and Aaron Lobel, Ph.D.

‘Folly, Fatuity, and Futility’
The Weekly Standard, November 27, 2013
By Michael Makovsky and William Kristol

How to negotiate with Iran
The Los Angeles Times, October 29, 2013
By Michael Makovsky, Dennis Ross, and Eric Edelman

Standing Alone
The Weekly Standard, October 4, 2013
By Michael Makovsky and William Kristol

Strategic Interests in the Region Should Guide U.S. Policy in Egypt
August 27, 2013
By Michael Makovsky

An Ally, but Not a Friend
The New York Times, August 21, 2013
By Michael Makovsky

U.S. Must Mandate Zero Oil Exports for Iran
The Weekly Standard, July 25, 2013
By Michael Makovsky and Jonathan Ruhe

Lessons from Syria for Iran
The Weekly Standard, June 6, 2013
By Michael Makovsky and Blaise Misztal

Makovsky and Misztal: Iran's Shrewd Move
The Weekly Standard, February 22, 2013
By Michael Makovsky and Blaise Misztal

Robb, Ross, and Makovsky: The Economic Cost of a Nuclear Iran
The Wall Street Journal, December 17, 2012
By Michael Makovsky, Charles Robb, and Dennis Ross

Would redrawing map bring Mideast peace?
San Francisco Chronicle, December 13, 2012
By Michael Makovsky

Hot Debate Over Red Lines
The Weekly Standard, September 14, 2012
By Michael Makovsky and Blaise Misztal

Iran Has No 'Right' To Enrich Uranium
The Wall Street Journal, July 9, 2012
By Michael Makovsky and Blaise Misztal

The Red Line for Iran
The Weekly Standard, March 2, 2012
By Michael Makovsky and Blaise Misztal

The Real Oil Shock
The Weekly Standard, January 8, 2012
By Michael Makovsky and Lawrence Goldstein

Obama’s Iran policy shifts to containment
The Washington Post, December 11, 2011
By Michael Makovsky and Blaise Misztal

How Libya’s Energy Economy Can Avoid Iraq’s Mistakes
The New Republic, September 26, 2011
By Michael Makovsky

Room for Growth
The New Republic, May 16, 2011
By Michael Makovsky

Spring Trap: We can’t treat Yemen like the other Arab uprisings
The New Republic, March 31, 2011
By Michael Makovsky, Blaise Misztal, and Jonathan Ruhe

The Middle East’s New Energy Giant
The Weekly Standard, February 21, 2011
By Michael Makovsky

Being Winston Churchill
The New Republic, December 8, 2010
By Michael Makovsky

Iran, Oil, and the Carter Doctrine
The Weekly Standard, August 13, 2010
By Michael Makovsky and Lawrence Goldstein

Stick must remain an option to stop Iran
San Francisco Chronicle, March 21, 2010

There Will Be Oil
The New Republic, January 27, 2010
By Michael Makovsky

Over a Barrel
The New Republic, May 29, 2009
By Michael Makovsky and Ed Morse

Iraq's Oil Progress
The Weekly Standard, August 29, 2008
By Michael Makovsky

The Model for McCain?
The Weekly Standard, February 14, 2008
By Michael Makovsky

Winston Churchill's complex Zionist evolution
The Jerusalem Post, October 31, 2007
By Michael Makovsky

Protecting Iraq's Oil
The Wall Street Journal, August 16, 2007
By Michael Makovsky

Oil's Not Well in Iraq
The Weekly Standard, March 19, 2007
By Michael Makovsky


Testimony for Hearing, “Implications of a Nuclear Agreement with Iran”
House Committee on Foreign Relations, July 9, 2015

Testimony for Hearing, “Shifting Sands: Political Transitions in the Middle East"
House Committee on Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Middle East and South Asia, April 13, 2011

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