Paul D. Miller

Associate Director, The Clements Center

Dr. Paul D. Miller is the Associate Director of the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also an adjunct political scientist at the RAND Corporation. He previously served as director for Afghanistan and Pakistan on the National Security Staff in the White House; as an intelligence analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency; and in Afghanistan with the US Army.

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The American Interest

Obama's Failed Legacy in Afghanistan

How the President took a bad situation in Afghanistan and made it even worse.

The Federalist

Let's Resurrect The Federalist Party

There is a blame game afoot about whose fault Donald Trump is. Some blame Trump on the inner demons of the Right-Robert Kagan calls him the Republican Party's Frankenstein...

The Federalist

5 Reasons Every American Should Oppose Donald Trump

At long last, the pushback against Donald Trump has truly begun. Peter Wehner led the way in January, explaining "Why I Will Never Vote for Donald Trump." National Review...

The Federalist

How The Left Created Donald Trump

At the dawn of western philosophy, Heraclitus mused on the " unity of opposites." Millennia later, Hegel argued (apocryphally) that any given thesis gave rise to its antithesis....

Utraque Unum

Ordered Liberty

National Security

Cornell University Press

Armed State Building: Confronting State Failure, 1898-2012 (Cornell Studies in Security Affairs)

Armed State Building: Confronting State Failure, 1898-2012. Since 1898, the United States and the United Nations have deployed military force more than three dozen times in...

The Alcalde

The Weight of the World

The longest war in American history is over, but the mission is not accomplished. Now more than ever, the world needs our country to lead. On Dec. 28, 2014, after 13 years of...

Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, Vol. 54, No. 5, Oct./Nov. 2012

Five Pillars of American Grand Strategy

Championing liberalism is only one component of US grand strategy. There are four others: defending the American homeland from attack, maintaining a favourable balance of power...

Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, Vol. 54, No. 2, April/May 2012

American Grand Strategy and the Democratic Peace

US foreign policies for two decades have been justified with reference to the spread of democracy and human rights. As a grand narrative to explain America's role in the world,...

Presidential Studies Quarterly, Vol. 43, No. 3, September 2013

Organizing the National Security Council: I Like Ike's

The United States' national security establishment lacks an integrated strategic planning capability. The current National Security Council (NSC) system relies heavily on...


Improving Strategic Competence: Lessons from 13 Years of War

Which lessons can be distilled from the U.S. experience in 13 years of war (2001-2014)? Which capabilities will be needed in the U.S. government, and in land and special...

Foreign Affairs, July/August 2012

National Insecurity

Micah Zenko and Michael Cohen ("Clear and Present Safety," March/April 2012) argue that "the world that the United States inhabits today is a remarkably safe and secure place."...

Studies in Intelligence

Working for the War Czar

In the spring of 2007, President George W. Bush named Army Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute to serve as his assistant and deputy national security advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan to bring...

PRISM, Vol. 3, No. 1

The Case for Nation Building: Why and How to Fix Failed States

Nation-building has a bad reputation. It is widely seen as an impossible fool's errand that is too expensive for today's constrained budgets. That reputation is wrong. First,...

Afghanistan and Pakistan

The Federalist

Why GOP Candidates Should Talk About Afghanistan

Somewhat remarkably, foreign policy is a campaign issue in the 2016 presidential race. I say "remarkably" because Americans are generally inattentive to the world beyond their...

The New Republic

America, Don't Give Up on Afghanistan

In May, President Barack Obama announced that U.S. forces would withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of 2016. "Our military will draw down to a normal embassy presence in Kabul,...

Afghanistan's Coming Coup?

In February 1989, the Soviet Union withdrew from Afghanistan after ten years of brutal counterinsurgency warfare. International observers and Afghan rebels expected the swift...