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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
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.

The Saudi Summit
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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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We need to carefully think through a lot of our assumptions about gender roles, and build kinds of educational and social systems to help our boys succeed.

Theft in Broad Daylight

This is not your everyday bank failure in Russia.

Asia's Game of Thrones

As he heads to Japan, Duterte is once again denouncing U.S. military involvement in the Pacific. Can Tokyo push back?

The Cracks Start to Widen

Again, the question supporters of the law will have to answer centers on sustainability: is the health system that Obamacare establishes something that can really last?

Crude Economics

That OPEC production cut is going to have to fall on the Saudis’ shoulders—if it’s to happen at all.

Egypt in Turmoil

The West is ignoring an ongoing crisis in Egypt, as painful austerity measures stoke outrage against the Sisi government.

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