The Much Too Promised Land by Aaron David Miller

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For nearly twenty years, Aaron David Miller has played a central role in U.S. efforts to broker Arab-Israeli peace. His position as an advisor to presidents, secretaries of state, and national security advisors has given him a unique perspective on a problem that American leaders have wrestled with for more than half a century. Read more >

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TMTPL in the News

January 13, 2009: The Today Show
Clinton Faces Colleagues At Hearing

January 13, 2009: New York Times
No Shortage of Expert Advice on Mideast for Clinton

January 9, 2009: Bill Moyers Journal
Bill Moyers reflects on Middle East violence

January 3, 2009: Newsweek
If Obama Is Serious

January 1, 2009: New York Times
Clinton, Familiar With Pitfalls of Mideast Politics, May Face Early Test in Gaza

January 1, 2009: CNN
New secretary of state inherits unpredictable world

December 31, 2008: CNN: Lou Dobbs
Peace possible?

December 31, 2008: CNN
Obama inherits century-old headache in Mideast

December 30, 2008: The Wall Street Journal
Israel Presses Gaza Attacks As Hamas Steps Up Response

December 30, 2008: Politico
Conflict upends Obama's plans

December 29, 2008: Talk of the Nation on NPR
As Violence In Gaza Worsens, What Can Obama Do?

December 29, 2008: The Huffington Post
Progressive Jews See Potential Conflict With Obama Over Gaza

December 29, 2008: USA Today
Amid Gaza violence, a new task for Obama

December 28, 2008: The Wall Street Journal
Obama's Mideast Plans Face New Complications

December 28, 2008: USA Today
Gaza airstrikes at a glance

December 28, 2008: Politico
Israel strike may shift Obama plan

November 26, 2008: Washington Post
Start With Syria

November 23, 2008: Washington Post
Some in Arab World Wary of Clinton

November 21, 2008: NPR's All Things Considered
Clinton, Obama Need A Unified Front

November 18, 2008: New York Times
Madam Secretary?

November 15, 2008: Los Angeles Times
State of Mind

Apr 28, 2008: Newsweek
Prisoners of Politics

April 26, 2008: NPR’s Weekend Edition
Abbas Says Peace Deal This Year Unlikely

April 03, 2008: NPR’s On Point
Aaron David Miller and Mideast Peace

March 27, 2008: NPR’s Talk of the Nation
Arab-Israeli Peace: A 'Much Too Promised Land'?

March 9, 2008: Los Angeles Times
The Israel litmus test

Mar 6, 2008: Newsweek
Looking for Mr. Right

March 3, 2008: The New York Times
Gaza Pitfalls in Every Path

November 16, 2008 - November 22, 2008

November 18, 2008

A new Los Angeles Times op-ed

Aaron David Miller recently contributed a new opinion piece titled “State of Mind” to the Los Angeles Times. In the op-ed, Aaron lays out the four important qualities necessary to make a successful and effective secretary of State.

“In the last 30 years, I believe we’ve had only two truly consequential secretaries of State. James A. Baker III (whom I worked for and admired) and Henry A. Kissinger (who predated me), with all their imperfections and detractors (and there are many), stand out well above the others. They had different personalities, confronted different circumstances and succeeded and failed in different ways. But they embodied four important qualities that helped them succeed…”

Read the rest of the op-ed here.

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November 18, 2008

Further comment on the Los Angeles Times article from November 15, 2008.

As the rumors swirl faster regarding the possibility of Hillary Clinton as America’s 67th Secretary of State, the question emerges: does she possess the four qualities I argue in my LA Times piece are essential for real effectiveness: persona, close relationship, toughness/deviousness, and the negotiator’s mindset? She’s clearly got two for sure - a larger than life persona with a capacity to project a physical and intellectual star quality; and a certain toughness; (actually she’s probably tougher than her husband). What she lacks is a close relationship with the president elect and how she would fare in the middle of a crisis or negotiation, fact is Hillary Clinton represents the best of a weak field of potential Secretaries of State. It’s an intriguing choice that could redound favorably to obama and american foreign policy.

Read my L.A. Times article here.

- Aaron David Miller

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