Aaron David Miller
Senior Fellow


Aaron David Miller is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, focusing on U.S. foreign policy. He has written five books, including his most recent, The End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have (and Doesn’t Want) Another Great President (Palgrave, 2014) and The Much Too Promised Land: America’s Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace (Bantam, 2008). He received his PhD in Middle East and U.S. diplomatic history from the University of Michigan in 1977.

Between 1978 and 2003, Miller served at the State Department as an historian, analyst, negotiator, and advisor to Republican and Democratic secretaries of state, where he helped formulate U.S. policy on the Middle East and the Arab-Israel peace process, most recently as the senior advisor for Arab-Israeli negotiations. He also served as the deputy special Middle East coordinator for Arab-Israeli negotiations, senior member of the State Department’s policy planning staff, in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and in the office of the historian. He has received the department’s Distinguished, Superior, and Meritorious Honor Awards.

Miller is a member of the  Council on Foreign Relations, and formerly served as resident scholar at the Georgetown Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has been a featured presenter at the World Economic Forum and leading U.S. universities. Between 2003 and 2006 he served as president of Seeds of Peace, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering young leaders from regions of conflict with the leadership skills required to advance reconciliation and coexistence. From 2006 to 2019, Miller was a public policy scholar; vice president for new initiatives, and director of the Middle East program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Miller’s articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, Foreign Policy, and Foreign Affairs. He is a frequent commentator on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, BBC, and Sirius XM radio.

PhD in Middle East and U.S. diplomatic history, University of Michigan

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The Campus and the Israel-Hamas War With University Deans Amaney Jamal and Keren Yarhi-Milo
July 18, 2024
1:00 PM — 1:45 PM EDT
  • Keren Yarhi-Milo
  • Amaney Jamal
In The Media
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Israel Shift to Hezbollah Can Bring In United States, Iran

A conversation about the idea of a ceasefire in Gaza and an Israeli shift toward toward Hezbollah.

· June 24, 2024
In The Media
in the media
Could the Israel-Hamas War Engulf the Entire Middle East?

A ceasefire in Gaza seems unlikely. With escalating conflict involving Israel and Hezbollah, U.S. officials fear this could lead to a broader Middle East war.

· June 24, 2024
How Does the Israel-Hamas War End?

Aaron David Miller connects with Ambassador David M. Satterfield, formerly the White House Special Envoy for Middle East Humanitarian Issues, to discuss how the Israel-Hamas war could end.

· June 20, 2024
In The Media
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‘Time is an enemy’ for Biden, Palestinians during war in Gaza: Aaron David Miller

A discussion on how the wartime strategies of Israel and Hamas conflict with President Joe Biden’s efforts to scale back the conflict.

· June 17, 2024
In The Media
in the media
Why Biden’s Gaza Gambit Is Likely to Fail

The U.S. president wants a truce more than Israel and Hamas do.

· June 14, 2024
Foreign Policy
In The Media
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Un Says Both Israel and Hamas Committed War Crimes in First Major Inquiry Into the War

The United Nations says both Israel and Hamas have committed war crimes in its first comprehensive inquiry into the Oct. 7 attacks and the wider conflict. This comes as a U.S.-backed ceasefire proposal remains in limbo after Hamas proposed a number of changes to the deal.

· June 12, 2024
Here & Now (WBUR)
How Does the Israel-Hamas War End? A Conversation with Ambassador David Satterfield
June 17, 2024

The Israel-Hamas war drags on seemingly with no end in sight. President Biden has announced a phased plan to end the conflict, but Hamas has yet to respond and Benny Gantz, a supporter of the plan, has left the Israeli government. Meanwhile, there’s serious concern about the prospects of a major escalation between Israel and Hezbollah along the Israel-Lebanon border. 

  • David M. Satterfield
In The Media
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Blinken Says Israel's Netanyahu Backs Cease-Fire Plan

U.S. Secretary of State Atony Blinken said Israeli PM Netanyahu reaffirmed his commitment to a cease-fire proposal to end the war with Hamas.

· June 11, 2024
Bloomberg Surveillance