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Dr. Michael Makovsky

Chief Executive Officer

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.


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

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

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

Media Highlights

Giving Iran everything it wants
The Washington Post, February 23, 2015

How would we ever verify a deal with Iran?
The Washington Post, February 20, 2015

The Iran deadline is not a deadline
The Washington Post, February 10, 2015

Can we agree to stop cozying up to Iran?
The Washington Post, February 2, 2015

The Palestinian Authority's latest charade
The Washington Post, January 2, 2015

Israel will figure prominently in U.S. politics
The Washington Post, December 30, 2014

Graham and Schumer: U.S. must veto any U.N. resolution imposing terms on Israel
The Washington Post, December 19, 2014

Ashton Carter Brings Record of Friendship With Israel to Pentagon
The Forward, December 11, 2014

Administration tries to hide Iran’s alleged cheating
The Washington Post, December 8, 2014

Hillary Clinton whiffs on Iran, embraces Obama’s policy
The Washington Post, December 7, 2014

Pentagon front-runner Carter, quietly supportive of Israel, loud on stopping Iran
The Times of Israel, December 4, 2014

Rand Paul vs. Israel, again
The Washington Post, December 4, 2014

Iran escapes isolation; Obama frantic for a deal
The Washington Post, November 12, 2014

The dumbest move yet on Iran?
The Washington Post, November 7, 2014

Kerry sounds sensible on Iran?!
The Washington Post, October 31, 2014

Chasing a bad deal with Iran
The Washington Post, October 19, 2014

Iran extension blasted — by ex-Obama senior officials
The Washington Post, July 21, 2014

Deal or no deal with Iran?
The Washington Post, July 9, 2014

Can bunker busters solve Iran dilemma?
Washington Jewish Week, April 17, 2014

Exposing the Iran farce
The Washington Post, March 18, 2014

The GOP needs a foreign policy adult
The Washington Post, March 3, 2014

It’s contaiment, for sure
The Washington Post, February 4, 2014

Working together against Iran
The Washington Jewish Week, January 31, 2014

It’s Howard Dean vs. Obama on Iran
The Washington Post, January 30, 2014

Who will defend the West?
The Washington Post, November 22, 2013

Analysts: Weak U.S. Action in Syria Could Embolden Assad, Iran
The Algemeiner, August 28, 2013

Israel lobby silent on Syria
Politico, August 27, 2013

Featured in "Preemptive Concessions Won’t Halt Iran’s Nuclear Quest"
U.S. News and World Report, August 2, 2013

The Situation in Egypt on Radio 5Live
BBC Radio, July 3, 2013

Energy Independence in the United States? Don’t Pop the Cork Yet
The New York Times, November 14, 2012

VIDEO: Nuclear Iran Would Have Big Impact on Oil Prices
Fox Business, October 22, 2012

Iran and the Bomb: What's next? A roundtable discussion
American Abroad Media, April 5, 2012

Weighing The Iranian Threat
NPR's On Point, March 6, 2012

VIDEO: Israel, U.S. 'talking up the military option' on Iran
CNN's OutFront, March 2, 2012


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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