Aaron David Miller (born March 25, 1949) is an American Middle East analyst, author, and negotiator. He is a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, focusing on U.S. foreign policy. He previously was 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. He is a Global Affairs Analyst for CNN.[1]

Aaron David Miller
Photo of Aaron David Miller
Photo of Aaron David Miller
Born (1949-03-25) March 25, 1949 (age 70)
Cleveland, Ohio
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
SubjectMiddle East policy and analysis
ChildrenJennifer and Daniel

Miller worked for the United States Department of State for 24 years (1978–2003). Between 1988 and 2003, Miller served six secretaries of state as an advisor on Arab-Israeli negotiations, where he participated in American efforts to broker agreements between Israel, Jordan, Syria, and the Palestinians. He left the Department of State in January 2003 to serve as president of Seeds of Peace, an international youth organization founded in 1993. In January 2006, Miller joined the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, first as public policy scholar, and later as vice president for new initiatives.[2] 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 to a Jewish family[3][4] in Cleveland, Ohio on March 25, 1949, the eldest son of Dr. Ruth (née Ratner) and Samuel H. Miller.[5][6] He attended Shaker Heights High School, graduating in 1967.[7] 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,[8][9] 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.[10][11][12]

Government careerEdit

Miller entered the Department of State in November 1978 as an historian in the Bureau of Public Affairs Office of the Historian, where he edited the documentary series Foreign Relations of the United States. In November 1980, he became the State Department's top analyst for Lebanon and the Palestinians in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR). Awarded an International Affairs Fellowship by the Council on Foreign Relations, he spent 1982–1983 at the Georgetown Center for Strategic and International Studies and the CFR in New York where he wrote his second book, The PLO and the Politics of Survival. The following year he returned to INR and served a temporary tour at the U.S. Embassy in 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.[13][14] 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 Camp David in July 2000. Miller continued work on the Arab–Israeli issues in the George W. Bush administration[15] where he served as the Senior Advisor on Arab–Israeli negotiations in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs to Secretary of State Colin Powell.[16] He resigned from the Department of State in January 2003 to become President of Seeds of Peace.[17]

After governmentEdit

In January 2006, Miller became a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars[18] 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.[19]

Media and public speakingEdit

Throughout his career, Miller has made frequent media and speaking appearances as an expert on Arab–Israeli and Middle Eastern issues, including on CNN,[20][21][22] PBS,[23] Fox News,[24] the BBC,[25] the CBC,[26] 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.[27] In 2005, he was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.[28]



  • 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



  1. ^ "Aaron David Miller - Global Affairs Analyst". CNN. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  2. ^ Miller, Aaron David; Sokolsky, Richard (October 1, 2017). "Should Rex Tillerson Resign?". Politico. Retrieved October 1, 2017. Aaron David Miller is vice president for new initiatives and a distinguished scholar at the Wilson Center, and the author of The End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have (and Doesn’t Want) Another Great President.
  3. ^ New York Times: "Advice After Two Decades of Arab-Israeli Diplomacy" by Ethan Bronner April 16, 2008
  4. ^ Weekly Standard: "Chuck Hagel: ‘He's Jewish’" by William Kristol February 10, 2013
  5. ^ Schmidt Horning, Susan (1998). "Miller, Ruth Ratner". Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Cleveland: Case Western Reserve University. Retrieved March 20, 2008.
  6. ^ "Our People". Forest City Enterprises, Inc. Archived from the original on September 3, 2006. Retrieved March 20, 2008.
  7. ^ Piorkowski, Jeff (3 August 2018). "Shaker Heights High Hall of Fame inductees announced; young Jewish leaders to be recognized; more: Press Run". Plain Dealer. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Civil War Collection". Quod.lib.umich.edu. 2009-10-28. Retrieved 2015-10-01.
  9. ^ "Michigan in the Civil War: A Guide to the Resources in the Bentley Historical Library". University of Michigan. Archived from the original on June 15, 2018. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  10. ^ "Search for Security: Saudi Arabian Oil and American Foreign Policy: Aaron David Miller: 9780807843246: Amazon.com: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2015-10-01.
  11. ^ "The Avalon Project : Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy". Yale.edu. Archived from the original on 2015-10-01. Retrieved 2015-10-01.
  12. ^ "Middle East Policy Council (Forums - Archive)". MEPC. Archived from the original on February 24, 2008. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  13. ^ John Mather, M.D. "Statement by Special Middle East Coordinator Ambassador Dennis Ross on Hebron Agreement; January 15, 1997". The Avalon Project at Yale Law School. Archived from the original on May 31, 2008. Retrieved March 20, 2008.
  14. ^ Ross, Dennis (May 26, 2005). The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux. p. 880. ISBN 978-0-374-52980-2.
  15. ^ "Travel Of Aaron Miller To Middle East" (Press release). Office of the Spokesman, U.S. Department of State. August 9, 2001. Retrieved March 20, 2008.
  16. ^ "Address by Secretary of State Colin L. Powell to the Seeds of Peace International Camp for Conflict Resolution" (Press release). Office of the Spokesman, U.S. Department of State. August 13, 2001. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  17. ^ "Open Forum Speakers 2000 - present". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  18. ^ "Aaron David Miller ǀ Woodrow Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar". Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  19. ^ "The Much Too Promised Land by Aaron David Miller". Randomhouse.com. Retrieved 2015-10-01.
  20. ^ "Israel Prays and Holds Vigils For Ariel Sharon". CNN Saturday Morning News. 2006-01-07.
  21. ^ "Yassar Arafat Dies". American Morning. 2004-11-11.
  22. ^ "Arafat's Condition Worsens". Wolf Blitzer Reports. 2004-11-04.
  23. ^ "President Bush, Secretary Rice Outline Plans for Cease-fire". The Newshour with Jim Lehrer. 2006-07-31.
  24. ^ "No Obvious Successor to Arafat". FoxNews.com. November 11, 2004. Archived from the original on April 14, 2008. Retrieved March 20, 2008.
  25. ^ "Arafat Gloomy on Mid-East Talks". BBC. April 7, 2000. Retrieved March 20, 2008.
  26. ^ "The Current for November 27, 2007". The Current. 2007-11-27.
  27. ^ "Annual Report 2005-2006" (PDF) (Press release). United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 16, 2008. Retrieved March 20, 2008.
  28. ^ "Past Medalists" (Press release). NECO. Archived from the original on September 15, 2008. Retrieved March 20, 2008.
  29. ^ Miller, Aaron David (November 26, 2007). "Annapolis is just the first step". Archived from the original on February 28, 2008. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  30. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-12-29. Retrieved 2017-08-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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