Profile of Aaron David Miller

 CMED feels very privileged to announce that Aaron David Miller will be speaking at UCLA on Tuesday, November 5th at 4pm in 1209B Bunche Hall. His discussion is entitled "Why the United States is winning in the Middle East."

Aaron David Miller is an American Middle East analyst, author, and former negotiator for the Arab-Israeli conflict. For an amateur Middle East foreign policy buff like myself, his resume makes me both incredibly awestruck and pretty jealous of his career thus far. 

He started his career with the State Department in 1978 and in two years, became a top analyst for topics such as Lebanon and Palestinians within the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. In 1982 and 1983, he served on the Council on Foreign Relations and as a resident scholar at Georgetown.

 He returned to the State Department and between 1984 and 2000, he held various respected positions. His roles ranged from advisor to the Secretaries of State and Deputy Special Middle East Coordinator under the direction of Denis Ross.

Throughout his tenure at the State Department, he helped to structure US policy in the Madrid conference, negotiations through Oslo, Israeli-Jordanian talks, final status negotiations regarding Israel and Syria, and at Camp David II.

In 2000, he was promoted to Senior Advisor on Arab-Israeli conflict within the Bush administration.  He left the State Department in 2003 and assumed the role of President of Seeds of Peace.

It is evident from his track record that Aaron David Miller has played an active role in some of the most important negotiations and foreign policy debates of our time. I have chosen 5 of my favorite pieces written by Aaron David Miller that exemplify his expertise in the MENA region and in US Foreign policy.

1.     Does America Still Have a Special Relationship with Israel and Saudi Arabia?

2.     The Limits of Action

3.     Does John Kerry’s peace process have a chance?

4.     A report card for U.S. policy in the Mideast

5.     The Shrinking