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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.

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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retirement crisis

Young Americans expect to lean more heavily on Social Security when they retire. But the system is underfunded.

Hail Shale

Give shale the credit it’s due this holiday weekend.

Pressuring Pyongyang

An analysis of their trade flows suggests so.

RIP

We are greatly saddened here at The American Interest to hear about the death of our friend, colleague, and mentor Zbigniew Brzezinski.

China's Big Money Diplomacy

China wants to help Egypt construct a new capital—but can they follow through?

social norms

The President’s assault on P.C. was at least partly successful. That is both good and bad.

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