The UCLA Center for Middle East Development hosted the event, "CMED Chats, Episode 5," on September 14, 2021. Watch or listen to the fifth edition of the series, hosted by CMED Director, Dr. Steven Spiegel, with guest, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Aaron David Miller, by clicking on the podcast or video above. During this episode of CMED Chats, Miller and Spiegel discuss current developments in the Middle East, and address whether there is an impact of the Taliban victory on the region.
CMED Chats is a unique monthly series that will engage charismatic guests who are from the Middle East and North Africa or connected to the region in some capacity. We plan to bring you diplomats, activists, journalists, analysts, policy makers, artists, musicians, and many more guests who can help us dig deeper into an often misunderstood, complex part of the world. Our hosts will sit down for one-on-one casual chats of at least 30 minutes, covering a variety of topics that will highlight the myriad voices and realities that enrich this colorful region.
GUEST — Aaron David Miller is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, focusing on US 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). Between 1978 and 2003, Miller served at the State Department as a historian, analyst, negotiator, and advisor to Republican and Democratic secretaries of state, where he helped formulate US 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. 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 is also a global affairs analyst for CNN. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, Foreign Policy, USA Today, and CNN.com. He is a frequent commentator on NPR, BBC, and Sirius XM Radio.
HOST — Dr. Steven Spiegel is Director of the UCLA Center for Middle East Development. He is also a research professor of political science, focusing on international relations and American foreign policy in the Middle East. He has written over 100 books, articles, and papers. He is the author of “The Other Arab-Israeli Conflict: Making America’s Middle East Policy from Truman to Reagan,” and “World Politics in a New Era,” as well as one of the authors of "The Peace Puzzle: America’s Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011.”
Picture Descriptions (Left to right): Roundtable on Syria with Christiane Amanpour, Bobby Ghosh, and Aaron David Miller in 2013 (Credit: ABC News); Charlie Rose interview in 2011 (Credit: Charlie Rose); Speaking (Credit: APB); Geneva Accords discussion with Dr. Sami Al-Abed, Aaron David Miller, and Dr. Yossi Beilin in 2012 (Credit: J. Deillon); CNN Profile (Credit: CNN); CNN Interview on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in 2014 (Credit: CNN); With wife Lindsay and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat in 1997 (Credit: Cleveland Jewish News); With former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon and a fellow diplomat in 1998 (Credit: Cleveland Jewish News).