Ambassador Martin S. Indyk recently served as the U.S. special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and was twice the U.S. ambassador to Israel, from 1995 to 1997 and from 2000 to 2001. During the Clinton administration, Indyk also served as assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs and as special assistant to the president and senior director for Near East and South Asian affairs on the U.S. National Security Council.
Now vice president and director of the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, Indyk was also the founding director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings and the founding director of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
He is the author of Innocent Abroad: An Intimate Account of American Peace Diplomacy in the Middle East and most recently Bending History: Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy (with Michael O’Hanlon and Kenneth Lieberthal). He is now writing a book on Henry Kissinger and the art of Middle East peacemaking.