David Makovsky

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  • Expert on U.S. Policy in the Middle East
  • Senior Fellow and Director, The Washington Institute's Project on Arab-Israel Peace (2000-2013, Present)
  • Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies, Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University
  • Senior Adviser to the US Secretary of State for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations (2013-2014)

David Makovsky’s expert insights and accessible and exceptionally engaging style on the past, present and future of U.S. policy to the Middle East and Arab-Israeli peace process shed light on future challenges and opportunities. He has a wide array of insights based on his recent position as a senior US official during the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, where he was a member of the peace team. He also offered his insight and expertise during the Gaza War. 

 
  

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“Your talks were both informative and insightful, and were very well received by the congregation. Your combination of penetrating analysis, access to the key players in the region and the behind the scenes news elevated the community's understanding of the Middle East and Israel's future challenges…Together with your breadth of knowledge, your reputation as a mensch certainly precedes you, and I am glad to have experienced that firsthand.”

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted David Makovsky
  • AIPAC
  • Development Corporation of Israel
  • UJA-Federation
  • US Air Force Air Command and Staff College
  • The Jewish Center
  • UJA Federation of Toronto
  • Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
  • World Jewish Affairs Committee
  • United Jewish Federation of Tidewater
  • Beth Tfiloh Congregation
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US-Israel Relations in the Age of Trump. Where are Washington and Jerusalem heading?

Mr. Makovsky is a veteran Washington insider and travels very often to Israel and Mideast capitals.  He knows how to seamlessly weave together expert insight with illuminating anecdotes in a smart, compelling and exceptionally accessible fashion.  With the US facing multiple areas of concern for a r ...

Mr. Makovsky is a veteran Washington insider and travels very often to Israel and Mideast capitals.  He knows how to seamlessly weave together expert insight with illuminating anecdotes in a smart, compelling and exceptionally accessible fashion.  With the US facing multiple areas of concern for a region in turmoil, David can provide a guide for the perplexed.

Now for the Good News: How Sunni Arab Neighbors and Israel are Identifying Common Threats and Quietly Working Together

 The threat of a more assertive Iran in the Mideast, ISIS and other jihadi groups are bringing Israel and Arab neighbors together like never before. How are they working together under the table and how can they work together more overtly for the benefit of all their peoples? ...

 The threat of a more assertive Iran in the Mideast, ISIS and other jihadi groups are bringing Israel and Arab neighbors together like never before. How are they working together under the table and how can they work together more overtly for the benefit of all their peoples?

Is Peace Dead: Why Is Israeli-Palestinian Peace So Elusive?

Mr. Makovsky knows the inside story of why success in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations have been so elusive. Are prospects for peace dead? He knows all the key players and all the issues involved and has written books on the history of these negotiations. With his exceptionally engaging speaking ...

Mr. Makovsky knows the inside story of why success in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations have been so elusive. Are prospects for peace dead? He knows all the key players and all the issues involved and has written books on the history of these negotiations. With his exceptionally engaging speaking style, Mr. Makovsky offers a riveting account of why the peace negotiations have yet to succeed and what ideas could provide a better outcome.

 

Beyond Netanyahu and Abbas: Who are the next leaders?

Names like Netanyahu and Abbas have been around for a long-time. Yet, who are the next leaders to emerge? Mr. Makovsky knows the key players on both sides for an audience that wants to think ahead.   ...

Names like Netanyahu and Abbas have been around for a long-time. Yet, who are the next leaders to emerge? Mr. Makovsky knows the key players on both sides for an audience that wants to think ahead.

 

How to Beat BDS

David Makovsky has visited 130  American campuses in recent years. This has given him unprecedented insight into the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, when there are growing efforts in certain quarters to delegitimize Israel. How to beat BDS? What is the state of American campuses wh ...

David Makovsky has visited 130  American campuses in recent years. This has given him unprecedented insight into the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, when there are growing efforts in certain quarters to delegitimize Israel. How to beat BDS? What is the state of American campuses when it comes to the Middle East? David Makovsky explains what you need to know in this key arena.

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Biography

David Makovsky is the Ziegler distinguished fellow at The Washington Institute and director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process. He is also an adjunct professor in Middle East studies at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). In 2013-2014, he worked in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of State, serving as a senior advisor to the Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations.

Author of numerous Washington Institute monographs and essays on issues related to the Middle East Peace Process and the Arab-Israeli conflict, he is also coauthor, with Dennis Ross, of the 2009 Washington Post bestseller Myths, Illusions, and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East (Viking/Penguin). His 2011 maps on alternative territorial solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were reprinted by the New York Times in the paper's first interactive treatment of an op-ed. His widely acclaimed September 2012 New Yorker essay, "The Silent Strike," focused on the U.S.-Israel dynamics leading up to the 2007 Israeli attack on Syrian nuclear facilities.

Mr. Makovsky is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies. His commentary on the peace process and the Arab-Israeli conflict has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Chicago Tribune, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and National Interest. He appears frequently in the media to comment on Arab-Israeli affairs, including PBS NewsHour.

He has testified before the full U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the full U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, and on multiple occasions before the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs Middle East Subcommittee.

In last several years, he has made over 120 visits to American college campuses to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He has done a TEDx talk on this issue for the college audience.

Before joining The Washington Institute, Mr. Makovsky was an award-winning journalist who covered the peace process from 1989 to 2000. He is the former executive editor of the Jerusalem Post, was diplomatic correspondent for Israel's leading daily, Haaretz, and is a former contributing editor to U.S. News and World Report. He served for eleven years as that magazine's special Jerusalem correspondent. He was awarded the National Press Club's 1994 Edwin M. Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence for a cover story on PLO finances that he cowrote for the magazine.

In July 1994, as a result of personal intervention by then Secretary of State Warren Christopher, Mr. Makovsky became the first journalist writing for an Israeli publication to visit Damascus. In total, he has made five trips to Syria, the most recent in December 1999 when he accompanied then Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. In March 1995, with assistance from U.S. officials, Mr. Makovsky was given unprecedented permission to file reports from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for an Israeli publication.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Mr. Makovsky received a bachelor's degree from Columbia University and a master's degree in Middle East studies from Harvard University.