Daniel Kurtzer

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  • Critical Voice on the Middle East, Israel & Egypt
  • United States Ambassador to Israel (2001-2005)
  • United States Ambassador to Egypt (1997-2001)
  • Professor of Middle East Policy, Princeton University

Having served in numerous positions of international influence, Daniel Kurtzer is a uniquely qualified speaker with a distinct perspective on the geopolitical realties and culture of one of the world's most troubled regions. During a 29-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service (including U.S. Ambassador to Israel and U.S. Ambassador to Egypt) he was instrumental in formulating and executing U.S. policy toward the Middle East peace process. He was recently appointed State Department Foreign Affairs Policy Board by Secretary of State John Kerry.

He is the co-author of Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: American Leadership in the Middle East; co-author of The Peace Puzzle: America’s Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011; and editor of Pathways to Peace: America and the Arab-Israeli Conflict.

 
  

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Rave Reviews About Daniel Kurtzer
All I can tell you is that this man is a gem. For Israel Independence Day, our audience consisted of a wide-range of people: Democrats, Republicans, left, right and center, Reform, Conservative and Orthodox - including members of our interfaith community. He is articulate, extremely knowledgeable, gets his points across most coherently, was totally accepted by everyone and was a true "mensch".He also has a good sense of humor - which does not hurt. He spoke without a note, was "up" on all aspects of world affairs - as we had a question and answer period and there were questions about the "world" situation which he did not cover in his speech and the facts just came rolling off his tongue. As you know, my standards are very high. I can only tell you that Ambassador Kurtzer is tops on the list and will be an asset in any community or academic setting.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Daniel Kurtzer
  • JUF Chicago
  • United Jewish Federation Of Northeastern New York
  • New Israel Fund
  • Michigan State University Hillel
  • Beth Tzedec Synagogue
  • JNF of Hamilton, Ontario
  • Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Dallas
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The Middle East: Ongoing Efforts Towards Peace

Drawing from his experiences as a prominent United States diplomat, Ambassador Kurtzer expounds on how policy in the Middle East ultimately influences our everyday lives and the global community, providing an unparalleled perspective on the most up-to-date developments in this troubled region. His ...

Drawing from his experiences as a prominent United States diplomat, Ambassador Kurtzer expounds on how policy in the Middle East ultimately influences our everyday lives and the global community, providing an unparalleled perspective on the most up-to-date developments in this troubled region. His insightful analysis of the obstacles ahead will leave audiences with an insider's perspective of their world and on the prospects for peace in the Middle East.

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Biography

Daniel C. Kurtzer is the S. Daniel Abraham Professor of Middle East policy studies at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Following a 29-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Kurtzer retired in 2005 with the rank of Career-Minister.

From 2001-2005 he served as the United States Ambassador to Israel and from 1997-2001 as the United States Ambassador to Egypt. He served as a political officer at the American embassies in Cairo and Tel Aviv, Deputy Director of the Office of Egyptian Affairs, speechwriter on the Policy Planning Staff, Deputy Assistant Secretary of

State for Near Eastern Affairs, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research.
Throughout his career, Kurtzer was instrumental in formulating and executing U.S. policy toward the Middle East peace process. Secretary of State John Kerry appointed Kurtzer to the Secretary's Foreign Affairs Policy Board. Governor Chris Christie appointed Kurtzer to serve on the New Jersey-Israel State Commission.

Previously, Kurtzer served as an advisor to the bipartisan Iraq Study Group, and as a member of the Advisory Council of the American Bar Association's Middle East Rule of Law Initiative. Kurtzer currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the American University in Cairo; a member of the Board of Governors of the Middle East Institute; and a member of the Board of the National Library of Israel. In 2007, he was named as the first Commissioner of the professional Israel Baseball League.

He is the co-author of Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: American Leadership in the Middle East; co-author of The Peace Puzzle: America’s Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011; and editor of Pathways to Peace: America and the Arab-Israeli Conflict. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University.