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Michael Makovsky, PhD

Michael Makovsky joined JINSA in 2013 as CEO. A U.S. national security expert, he has worked extensively on Iran’s nuclear program, the Middle East, and 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 where he managed projects on a new U.S. policy toward Iran’s nuclear development, a new U.S. strategy toward Russia, how to augment U.S. Government capacity in stabilizing fragile states such as Yemen, devising a new bipartisan U.S. foreign policy, and how to make strategic public diplomacy an effective tool of U.S. foreign policy in Egypt and elsewhere.

Makovsky 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, and is founder and president of MSM Consulting LLC, an energy and political risk consulting firm.

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 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

2018

Trump shouldn’t pull out of Syria right now – Our president first needs a tougher anti-Iran strategy
Fox News, February 1, 2019
By Michael Makovsky, PhD and General Charles Wald, USAF (ret.)

Iran’s Ballistic Missile Test Shows U.S. Defense of Middle East Allies Must Change. Here’s How.
Newsweek, December 19, 2018
By Michael Makovsky, PhD and General Charles Wald, USAF (ret.)

The United States needs a clear strategy to roll back Iran
The Hill, December 3, 2018
By Michael Makovsky, PhD

Beating back Iranian aggression by supporting Israel
The New York Daily News, September 26, 2018
By Michael Makovsky, PhD and General Charles Wald, USAF (ret.)

Preserve U.S. Interests in Syria by Backing the Kurds
The Washington Examiner, September 7, 2018
By Michael Makovsky, PhD and Alan Makovsky

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

2017

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 1, 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, PhD

2016

No Deal
The Weekly Standard, October 14, 2016
By Michael Makovsky, PhD and William Kristol

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

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

What’s the Deal with Iran
The Weekly Standard, July 10, 2016
By Michael Makovsky, PhD

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

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

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

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

2015

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

Iranian Cheating
The Weekly Standard, October 26, 2015
By Michael Makovsky, PhD

What Next?
The Weekly Standard, October 5, 2015
By Michael Makovsky, PhD

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

Blaming Israel First
The Weekly Standard, August 10, 2015
By Michael Makovsky, PhD and William Kristol

On the Consequences of the Deal
The Weekly Standard, July 27, 2015
By Michael Makovsky, PhD

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

‘A Perverse Consequence’
The Weekly Standard, May 25, 2015
By Michael Makovsky, PhD and William Kristol

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

Iran’s Cheating
The Weekly Standard, April 20, 2015
By Michael Makovsky, PhD

Appeasement in Our Time
The Weekly Standard, March 9, 2015
By Michael Makovsky, PhD

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

2014

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

The Obama Complex
The Weekly Standard, February 10, 2014
By Michael Makovsky, PhD and William Kristol

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

2013

‘Folly, Fatuity, and Futility’
The Weekly Standard, December 9, 2013
By Michael Makovsky, PhD and William Kristol

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

Standing Alone
The Weekly Standard, October 14, 2013
By Michael Makovsky, PhD and William Kristol

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

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

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

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

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

2012

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

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

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

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

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

The Real Oil Shock
The Weekly Standard, January 16, 2012
By Michael Makovsky, PhD and Lawrence Goldstein

2011

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

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

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

Spring Trap
The New Republic, March 31, 2011
By Michael Makovsky, PhD, Blaise Misztal, and Jonathan Ruhe

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

2010

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

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

Stick must remain an option to stop Iran
San Francisco Chronicle, March 21, 2010
By Michael Makovsky, PhD

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

2009

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

2008

Iraq’s Oil Progress
The Weekly Standard, August 25, 2008
By Michael Makovsky, PhD

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

2007

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

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

Oil’s Not Well in Iraq
The Weekly Standard, February 19, 2007
By Michael Makovsky, PhD

Testimony

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

Publications

How the US Can Work with Israel in Syria Without Putting More Boots on the Ground
Trump Shouldn’t Pull Out of Syria Right Now – Our President First Needs a Tougher ...
Iran’s Ballistic Missile Test Shows U.S. Defense of Middle East Allies Must Change. ...
The United States Needs a Clear Strategy to Roll Back Iran
Beating Back Iranian Aggression by Supporting Israel
Preserve U.S. Interests in Syria by Backing the Kurds
Beyond Sanctions, How The U.S. Can Pressure Iran
How the U.S. Should Wish Israel a Happy 70th Birthday
It’s Time for Trump to Pull Out of the Iran Deal
Congress is Overdue to Pass the Taylor Force Act
One Way to Counter Iran’s Aggression? Change the Map of the Middle East
US Must Bolster Its Presence In MidEast As ISIS Falls
Passing the Taylor Force Act Will Mark a Vital Step in the War on Terror
Balfour at 100
The Two Faces of Qatar, a Dubious Mideast Ally
Five Ways for Trump to Put Tehran on Notice
No Deal
Columbia’s Alvaro Uribe a Paragon of Modern Leadership
Iran Needs to Take America Seriously Again
What’s the Deal with Iran?
What Rhodes Revealed
Time to Take Aim at Iranian Missiles
The Costanza Approach
The Dangerous Post-Deal World
Who Really Betrayed the Syrians?
Iranian Cheating
What Next?
Congress Must Reject Flawed Nuke Deal
Blaming Israel First
Deal Brings Iran Closer to Obtaining Nuclear Weapons Capability
‘A Perverse Consequence’
Churchill on V-E Day
Appeasement in Our Time
Martin Gilbert, 1936-2015