Paul D. Miller (academic)

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Paul D. Miller
Nationality United States
Fields Politics, National Security, Afghanistan

The William P. Clements Jr. Center for National Security,

University of Texas at Austin
Alma mater Georgetown University, Harvard Kennedy School

Paul D. Miller is an American academic, blogger, and former White House staffer for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.[1] He is the Associate Director of the The William P. Clements, Jr. Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin.[2] He is also an adjunct political scientist at the RAND Corporation, a former officer in the U.S. intelligence community and veteran of the war in Afghanistan.[3][4]


Dr. Miller received his PhD in International Relations from Georgetown University and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. His BA in Political Theory is also from Georgetown University.[4]


Dr. Miller served as Director for Afghanistan on the National Security Council staff from September 2007 to September 2009 under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Miller served on the staff of Douglas Lute, who served as Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan for President Bush and, subsequently, as Special Coordinator for Afghanistan and Pakistan for President Obama. Miller supported the presidential transition and continued in his position during the Obama Administration before accepting a position as Assistant Professor of International Security Affairs at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.[3][4]

Views on Afghanistan[edit]

Miller writes regularly about U.S. policy towards Afghanistan, Pakistan, and South Asia. He has argued that "The greatest threat to long-term success in Afghanistan is not the Taliban, who are fairly weak compared to other insurgent movements around the world. It is the Afghan government’s endemic weakness and the international community’s failure to address it."[5] Miller's proposed solution is greater attention to reconstruction and stabilization in Afghanistan.[6] He has criticized the views of conservatives, like George Will, as well as moderates and liberals, like David Rothkopf, who argue the war in Afghanistan is unwinnable.[7][8]




  1. ^ "Paul D. Miller | LinkedIn". Linkedin. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  2. ^ "Paul D. Miller - Clements Center for National Security". Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  3. ^ a b Miller, Paul (June 2010). "Working for the War Czar: Lessons for Intelligence Support to Policymaking During Crisis" (PDF). Studies in Intelligence. 54 (2). Retrieved July 5, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Official Bio". College of International Security Affairs. National Defense University. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ Miller, Paul (January–February 2011). "Finish the Job: How the War in Afghanistan Can Still Be Won". Foreign Affairs. 90 (1). Retrieved July 5, 2011. 
  6. ^ Miller, Paul. "How to Win Afghanistan? Nation Building". Shadow Government blog. Foreign Policy. Retrieved July 5, 2011. 
  7. ^ Miller, Paul. "Rothkopf is Wrong on Afghanistan". Shadow Government. Foreign Policy. Retrieved July 5, 2011. 
  8. ^ Miller, Paul. "The Realist Case for Nation Building". Shadow Government. Foreign Policy. Retrieved July 5, 2011. 

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