Amb. Martin Indyk

Vice President for Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution & Former Ambassador to Israel

Middle East Peace Diplomacy

About the Speaker

Martin Indyk is vice president and the director for Foreign Policy at The Brookings Institution. Born in England and educated in Australia, he immigrated to the United States in 1982. He is the first and so far only foreign-born U.S. ambassador to Israel, having served 1995 to 1997 and from 2000 to 2001. As President Bill Clinton's Middle East advisor on the National Security Council, as assistant secretary for Near East Affairs in the State Department, and as one of America's leading diplomats, he has helped develop Middle East policy in Washington's highest offices. In March 1995, President Clinton requested that Indyk go to Israel to work on the peace process with Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. The ambassador’s return to Israel in March 2000 brought him to the table with then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak and PLO leader Yasser Arafat. He has published widely on Middle East affairs, including his 2009 book, “Innocent Abroad: An Intimate Account of American Peace Diplomacy in the Middle East.”