The conflict with al-Qaeda is often described as a war of ideas, but what exactly does this mean?  Visiting Professor Michael Doran will analyze the global appeal of al-Qaeda's ideology, discuss what the United States is currently doing to counteract it, and present suggestions for a more effective strategy in the fight against terrorism.

Michael Doran is an expert on US foreign policy and the Middle East.  Prior to joining NYU, he served in the State Department, as Senior Adviser to the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.  In addition, he worked  as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Support to Public Diplomacy and as the Senior Director for the Middle East at the National Security Council.  Doran has taught at Princeton University and the University of Central Florida.  His publications include Pan-Arabism before Nasser, a book on the first Arab-Israeli war and "Somebody Else's Civil War” (Foreign Affairs 2002), an article analyzing 9/11 as a conflict between Muslims.