Aaron David Miller

  • Middle East Analyst
  • Former Advisor to Republican and Democratic Secretaries of State
  • Vice President for New Initiatives and a Distinguished Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Author

Aaron David Miller, a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center, is among America’s foremost experts on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S. policy in the Middle East. A former adviser to six secretaries of state (George Schultz to Colin Powell), he helped shape America’s policy in the region for more than two decades. A prolific commentator, Miller is currently a global affairs analyst for CNN. He is the author of five books, including the national bestseller The Much Too Promised Land: America’s Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace and The End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have (and Doesn’t Want) Another Great President.


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  • American Technion Society
Rave Reviews About Aaron David Miller as a Speaker
Everything went extremely well. First of all, he is a nice man and interacted very well with our group. His presentation was well organized and thorough and I think that our audience appreciated his vast range of knowledge - he talked about a variety of topics. He also has a good presentation style - his voice is strong, good intonation, and excellent vocabulary. He was a good match for us and we enjoyed having him with us. Thanks to everyone at Harry Walker for their help!

Keynote - The End of Greatness | Politics and Prose [55:53] - Get Sharable Link
Talks & Conversations with Aaron David Miller

Leadership and the Presidency: Can America Have Another Great President?

Gulliver's Troubles: How America Lost Its Middle East Groove & How to Get It Back

Negotiations & Foreign Policy: Why & When They Work

What 25 Years Working on Foreign Policy Taught Me About Life

Books by Aaron David Miller
Press & Media

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.