About the Book
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 >
About the Author
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.
- Aaron David Miller