Gulliver's Troubles: America in the Middle East

Gulliver's Troubles: America in the Middle East

Gulliver’s Troubles: America in the Middle East

On May 12th, 2014, Aaron David Miller, Vice President for New Initiatives and Distinguished Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, gave the 8th Angier Biddle Duke lecture to NCAFP members and guests.

Excerpt: "I titled this talk “Gulliver’s Troubles” because I think that is a fair description, not just of the current president’s predicament in the Middle East, but of previous presidents too. And it will remain a predicament for Obama’s successors. I am not in the “fix-it” business anymore, and I will say that quite openly. My purpose is not to make you feel good or bad. But to share some observations about this region, US policy and American interests."

Click here to view a PDF of the transcript.

Click here to watch a video of the presentation.

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