Paul D. Miller

Paul D. Miller is a professor in the practice of international affairs at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, a contributing editor of Providence, a research fellow with the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and a senior fellow with the Atlantic Council.

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Can we Handle the Truth: What Robert Kagan Gets Right About Liberalism

That Robert Kagan’s recent essay, “The Strongmen Strike Back,” has sparked controversy is an unfortunate commentary on our public understanding…

ProvCast Ep. 28: The Future of Liberalism and Foreign Policy in the Age of Trump (Paul Miller)

Professor Paul Miller of Georgetown University sits down with Managing Editor Drew Griffin to discuss America’s Global Role under Trump’s leadership.

The Price of Cheap Order: Afghanistan, America and Endless War

In fact, this finger-in-the-dam strategy is the best available option given America’s de facto preference to enjoy relative freedom from jihadist violence without the expense of solving the root problems from which jihadism springs. This style of frontier warfare is the price America pays for regional order on the cheap.

Trump Foreign Policy: Almost as Bad as I Feared
Paul Miller on Trump and the Fearful Decline of the International Order

We were mostly right about his hateful rhetoric, fundamental dishonesty, trade wars, admiration for foreign dictators, and wild inconsistency. But we overestimated Trump’s competence and work ethic. His ability to bring material harm to the United States has been limited by how little he works and how little he knows about the presidency.

Does Liberalism Have a Future?
Does Liberalism Have a Future?

Today we see forces against liberalism at home and abroad. We need statesmen who understand liberalism and who can make the case for limited, representative, and accountable government.

A Theology of Anti-Nationalism: Review of Cavanaugh’s Migrations of the Holy
A Theology of Anti-Nationalism: Review of Cavanaugh’s Migrations of the Holy

Despite his errors and overstatements, Cavanaugh is helpful for thinking through the perils of nations and nationalism in an era when both seem to be enjoying a renaissance. He is best read as a theologian, not a historian, and a polemical theologian whose strident claims are best met with a healthy dose of skepticism.

Reassessing the Congressional Foundations for War Against Jihadists - Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF)
Reassessing the Congressional Foundations for War Against Jihadists

The Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) passed by Congress in 2001 remains in force, but policymakers are debating whether to repeal, replace, or expand its authorities.

The Manchurian Presidency Donald Trump Russia Hacking
The Manchurian Presidency

You don’t have to believe the candidate himself is treasonous to recognize that his presidency would undermine American national security interests.

God’s Avenger, Whore of Babylon: Political Power in the Bible

From the print edition, Winter, 2016

Just War Against Islamic State ISIS
What a Just War Against the Islamic State Looks Like

Just war aims at peace. As Augustine argued, “Every man seeks peace by waging war, but no man seeks war by making peace.” We do not fight war for its own sake, or for revenge, profit, or prestige. The only conceivable rationale for waging war is to create a world of better, deeper, more lasting peace than the one that led to war in the first place.