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Aaron David Miller
2017 and Beyond
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US Democracy Promotion: Aim Lower

An effective foreign policy requires us to temper our ambitions and act with restraint.

Iran and the Bomb
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Why the U.S. Can’t Ride the Iranian Tiger

If the Obama administration thinks it can use a nuclear deal to domesticate Iran, it should think again.

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Why Obama Won’t Give (or Get) Much in Saudi Arabia

President Obama will have his hands full in Riyadh later this week working with the Saudis in light of recent policy differences. Unlike Lehman Brothers, however, the U.S.-Saudi relationship really is too big to fail.

Don't Do Anything Damn Foolish

A veteran State Department negotiator assesses peace prospects.

Something New Under the Sun

Shlomo Ben-Ami has done something remarkable, says a veteran U.S. Middle East Diplomat: He’s said something new.

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"Peak" Oil?

The UK may have just found its biggest new reserve of offshore crude this century.

Land of the Rising Gun

Shinzo Abe is not letting the North Korean crisis go to waste.

Recovery?

The Obama Recovery didn’t do much for the housing sector.

Suburbanization

Will we see a third ring of suburbs?

Asia's Game of Thrones

Time will tell if this strategy will backfire, generating more pushback from potential allies like South Korea.

Not Dead Yet

But this weekend’s protests, impressive as they were, are a long way from constituting a lasting threat to Putin’s power.

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