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Aaron David Miller      

Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Aaron David Miller is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, focusing on U.S. foreign policy. He has written five books, including his most recent, The End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have (and Doesn’t Want) Another Great President (Palgrave, 2014) and The Much Too Promised Land: America’s Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace (Bantam, 2008). He received his PhD in Middle East and U.S. diplomatic history from the University of Michigan in 1977.

Between 1978 and 2003, Miller served at the State Department as an historian, analyst, negotiator, and advisor to Republican and Democratic secretaries of state, where he helped formulate U.S. policy on the Middle East and the Arab-Israel peace process, most recently as the senior advisor for Arab-Israeli negotiations. He also served as the deputy special Middle East coordinator for Arab-Israeli negotiations, senior member of the State Department’s policy planning staff, in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and in the office of the historian. He has received the department’s Distinguished, Superior, and Meritorious Honor Awards.

Miller is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and formerly served as resident scholar at the Georgetown Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has been a featured presenter at the World Economic Forum and leading U.S. universities. Between 2003 and 2006 he served as president of Seeds of Peace, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering young leaders from regions of conflict with the leadership skills required to advance reconciliation and coexistence. From 2006 to 2019, Miller was a public policy scholar; vice president for new initiatives, and director of the Middle East program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Miller is a global affairs analyst for CNN. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, Foreign Policy, USAToday, and CNN.com. He is a frequent commentator on NPR, BBC, and Sirius XM radio.

Speech Topics


America and the World

America faces a challenging world where powers large and small seek to contain and undermine its influence. Domestic political dysfunction further US capacity to project its power abroad. How do we protect our vital interests -- (what me must have) as opposed to our discretionary interests (what it would be nice to have)? Here are the ten takeaways for a smart and effective US foreign policy.

Gulliver's Troubles: America and the Middle East

The Middle East is no longer as central to US foreign policy as it has been in recent decades. This region presents the US with a conundrum: we cannot transform it and we cannot extricate ourselves from it. If there's no transformation and no extrication, the answer lies in smart transaction. This presentation will provide the keys to finding that balance.

The End of Greatness: Why America Can't Have and (Doesn't Want) Another Great President

Throughout our history we have has three -- and only three undeniably great presidents -- one a century; Washington in the 18th; Lincoln in the 19th; and FDR in the 20th; Americans are obsessed with greatness in the presidency. And yet the recipe for producing that greatness -- crisis, character and capacity (the so-called 3Cs) have long since disappeared. Why has greatness gone the way of the dodo; and if we can't have great presidents, what kind of chief executive can we have. Take a romp through the presidential history to find out.

Twenty-five Years of Traveling the Negotiator's Highway

Having worked for six Secretaries of State on Arab-Israeli negotiations, I've had a twenty-five year front row seat to America's successes and failures. When do negotiations work and when don't they? Are there core elements that hold the key to a successful deal; and can those elements be applied in other domains and areas of the human enterprise. Tune in and find out.

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