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Aaron David Miller

Aaron David Miller
Photo of Aaron David Miller
Born (1949-03-25) March 25, 1949
Cleveland, Ohio
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Michigan
Period 1980–present
Subject Middle East policy and analysis
Spouse Lindsay
Children Jennifer

Aaron David Miller (born March 25, 1949) is an American Middle East analyst, author, and negotiator. He is currently Vice President for New Initiatives at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and has been an advisor to both Republican and Democratic secretaries of state.

Miller worked for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, first as public policy scholar, and later as vice president for new initiatives. In 2014, Miller published his fifth book, The End of Greatness: Why America Can't Have (and Doesn't Want) Another Great President."


Miller was born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 25, 1949, the eldest son of Samuel H. and Ruth Ratner Miller.[1][2] Miller lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland with his wife Lindsay. They have two children: Jennifer, and Daniel.


Miller began his undergraduate career at Tulane University and spent a semester at the University of Warwick on a history honors exchange program before graduating from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in 1971. Continuing on toward an M.A. in American Civil War history,[3][4] Miller changed fields to Middle East and American diplomacy and spent 1973 to 1974 in Jerusalem studying Arabic and Hebrew. He completed his Ph.D. in 1977. His dissertation, Search for Security: Saudi Arabian Oil and American Foreign Policy, 1939–1949 was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 1980, and in paperback in 1991.[5][6][7]

Government career

Miller entered the Department of State in November 1978 as an historian in the Amman, Jordan before joining the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff in 1985. Between 1985 and 1993, Miller advised Secretaries of State Shultz and Baker, helping the latter plan the Madrid Peace Conference of October 1991.

In June 1993, Miller was appointed as the Deputy Special Middle East Coordinator.[8][9] For the next seven years, Miller worked as part of a small interagency team where he helped structure the U.S. role in Arab–Israeli negotiations through the historic Oslo process, multilateral Arab–Israeli economic summits, Israeli–Jordanian peace treaty, and final status negotiations between Israel and Syria and between Israel and the Palestinians at [10] where he served as the Senior Advisor on Arab–Israeli negotiations in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs to Secretary of State Colin Powell.[11] He resigned from the Department of State in January 2003 to become President of Seeds of Peace.[12]

After government

In January 2006, Miller became a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars[13] where he planned and participated in programs on the Middle East and Arab–Israeli issues. In 2008, he completed his fourth book, The Much Too Promised Land: America's Elusive Search for Arab–Israeli Peace, an insider's look based on 160 interviews with former presidents, secretaries of state, Arabs, and Israelis, American Jews, Arabs, and evangelical Christians on why America succeeded and failed in Arab–Israeli diplomacy over the past forty years.[14]

Media and public speaking

Throughout his career, Miller has made frequent media and speaking appearances as an expert on Arab–Israeli and Middle Eastern issues, including on CNN,[15][16][17] PBS,[18] Fox News,[19] the BBC,[20] the CBC,[21] and Al Jazeera.

In 2005 Miller was a featured presenter at the World Economic Forum in both Davos and Amman, Jordan. He has also lectured at Harvard University, Columbia University, New York University, University of California at Berkeley, University of Michigan, University of Virginia, The City Club of Cleveland, Chatham House, and The International Institute for Strategic Studies.

His articles and op-ed pieces have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Wilson Quarterly, and The International Herald Tribune.


Miller has received the Department of State's Distinguished, Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards. Between 1998 and 2000, he was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Governing Council.[22] In 2005, he was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.[23]



  • Search for Security: Saudi Arabian Oil and American Foreign Policy, 1939–1949 (Paperback, University of North Carolina Press, 1991) ISBN 978-0-8078-4324-6
  • PLO: Politics of Survival (Paperback, Praeger Press, 1983) ISBN 978-0-275-91583-4
  • The Arab States and the Palestine Question: Between Ideology and Self-Interest (Paperback, Praeger Press, 1986) ISBN 978-0-275-92216-0
  • The Much Too Promised Land: America’s Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace (Hardcover, Bantam Books, 2008) ISBN 978-0-553-80490-4
  • The End of Greatness: Why America Can't Have (and Doesn't Want) Another Great President (Hardcover, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) ISBN 978-1-137-27900-2


  • "The Abandonment: How the Bush Administration Left Israelis and Palestinians to Their Fate", The Washington Post (April 29, 2007) (accessdate May 25, 2011).
  • "Annapolis Is Just the First Step" [24]
  • "West Bank First: It Won't Work" [25]
  • Robert Malley and Aaron David Miller, "For Israel and Hamas, a Case for Accommodation", The Washington Post (May 15, 2006) (accessdate May 25, 2011).
  • "The Arab-Israeli conflict: Toward an Equitable and Durable Solution", bnet (July 2005) (accessdate May 25, 2011).
  • "Israel's Lawyer", The Washington Post (May 23, 2005) (accessdate May 25, 2011).


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External links

  • and his blogThe Much Too Promised LandOfficial site for Aaron David Miller's book
  • The Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies
  • Seeds of Peace
  • Inheriting the Holy LandOfficial site for the book
  • Video (with mp3 available) interviews/discussions involving Miller on
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