Reality Check

Reality Check

The Naïveté of Distance

The befuddled response to Russia's Crimea takeover shows that America needs a refresher on how the rest of the world actually thinks and works.

Aaron David Miller |

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To Boldly Lead From Behind?

How Star Trek's Prime Directive explains Obama's foreign policy.

Aaron David Miller |

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Confidence Man

John Kerry has the skill, toughness, and ego to be a great secretary of state. But will the world let him?

Aaron David Miller |

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Is Israel Doomed?

Why even dangerous demographics and the receding horizon of peace won't dim the lights in Jerusalem.

Aaron David Miller |

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Empty Promises

Can Obama deliver on Israel and Iran -- or is he overreaching?

Aaron David Miller |

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The Shrinking

Why the Middle East is less and less important for the United States.

Aaron David Miller |

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Advantage: Iran

Does the U.S. stand a chance against Tehran, the nimble, canny free agent of nuclear negotiations?

Aaron David Miller |

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Why Bibi Should Rest Easy

Obama is not going to sell out Israel in an Iran deal.

Aaron David Miller |

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Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad

Why a Meatloaf song should guide the U.S. approach to Iran, Syria, and Israel-Palestine.

Aaron David Miller |

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The Tally

From Putin to pundits, here are the 10 winners and losers of the U.S.-Russian deal on Syria’s chemical weapons.

Aaron David Miller |

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Can Obama Afford Not to Bomb Syria?

The White House seems to be confusing the least bad option with a strategic necessity.

Aaron David Miller |

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Making a Virtue Out of a Necessity

The four reasons it was inevitable that Obama would go to Congress on Syria.

Aaron David Miller |

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The Limits of Action

Let's face it: Obama has limited interest, limited options, and limited reasons to get involved in Syria.

Aaron David Miller |

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In Praise of the Middleman

Let's face it: When it comes to peace talks, face-to-face negotiations don't work.

Aaron David Miller |

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Experts, Shmexperts

Let's not be so quick to prejudge Caroline Kennedy's appointment as U.S. ambassador to Japan.

Aaron David Miller |

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Five Things to Watch for in the Peace Process

How to tell if John Kerry's efforts with the Israelis and the Palestinians are actually going anywhere.

Aaron David Miller |

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Dumb and Dumber

No, the United States should not suspend aid to Egypt.

Aaron David Miller |

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Lost

Why does Washington still think it can control what happens in Egypt?

Aaron David Miller |

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Who Won the Coup?

Egypt is a mess, but at least Bashar al-Assad is happy.

Aaron David Miller |

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Are Domestic Politics Evil?

What really happens when the national interest meets the water's edge.

Aaron David Miller |

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What's Really Wrong with the Middle East?

Explaining the persistence of violence, sectarianism, and incompetence.

Aaron David Miller |

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Present Throughout the Creation

Turning 90, Shimon Peres talks peace, politics, and the limits of leadership.

Aaron David Miller |

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The New Problem From Hell

Obama's options in Syria are awful. But the United States is headed for intervention anyway.

Aaron David Miller |

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Peace Offensive

Obama thinks he can solve the world’s most intractable conflicts. What if he’s wrong?

Aaron David Miller |

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They're the Deciders

Why today's presidents have more war-waging power than ever -- and why no Congress will ever stand in their way.

Aaron David Miller |

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Speak No Evil

Why Obama shouldn't have given that big drone speech.

Aaron David Miller |

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No, They Can’t

Why American presidents always disappoint us.

Aaron David Miller |

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Rudderless in the Desert

Five reasons Obama can’t will his way into fixing the Middle East -- even if he wanted to.

Aaron David Miller |