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 30, 2008 - December 6, 2008

December 2, 2008

With the appointment of Senator Clinton, and the Obama administration’s countdown to the inauguration, expert Miller is in the news!

See his op-ed in the International Herald Tribune from 11/30/08:

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December 2, 2008

Advice for the President-elect and his Secretary of State: “Start with Syria”

From Miller’s The Washington Post op-ed that’s causing a stir:

“President-elect Barack Obama will be bombarded with recommendations about how to approach Arab-Israeli peacemaking. One piece of advice he should not take is to make Israeli-Palestinian peace his top priority. There’s no deal there. But there is a real opportunity for an Israeli-Syrian agreement, and Obama should go for it.”

Read the entire piece here.

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December 2, 2008

Team of Rivals — A Prescription for Disaster

As the chattering classes pick up the idea of a team of rivals and apply it to Obama’s approach to his own cabinet, one can only wonder and despair. It may have worked for Lincoln (even here you need to wonder); it cannot work for Obama. This isn’t The Godfather where Michael Corleone says to a guy he’ll later have killed that you need to keep your friends close but your enemies closer, it’s American foreign policy after all. What Obama needs is a team of partners interested in his and America’s success. I suspect that’s what he’ll get. Even Hillary Clinton — whatever her own ambitions — understands that her success as secretary of state means staying close to the president. Without his authority and the perception among America’s friends and enemies that she speaks for him and he trusts her, she won’t stand a chance of becoming a consequential secretary of state. If there’s a place for dissent and dissension, it’s in the quiet internal deliberations of government where smart independent cabinet advisers speak truth to the president. The policy is then implemented seamlessly. Otherwise we’ll end up with “as the world turns” and a soap opera like approach that will mean hanging a closed for the season sign on America’s foreign policy.

- Aaron David Miller

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