What Happened to Middle East Peace?
As President Obama's Middle East peace envoy and as a member of President Clinton's Middle East peace team, Ambassador Indyk is in a unique position to tell the inside story of why it has proven so difficult to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His intimate knowledge of all the key players on both sides of the conflict and his detailed negotiating experience as America's top diplomat in the room enables him to provide a fascinating account of what's holding up the achievement of peace in the Middle East.
Can Iran's Nuclear Program Be Stopped?
Iran's acquisition of nuclear weapons would be a game-changer for the volatile Middle East, already awash in revolution and insurrection. Ambassador Indyk's detailed understanding of Iran's regime and its nuclear program, based on his years of responsibility for Iran policy during the Clinton Administration and his knowledge of Israeli calculations about this threat, gives him an ability to speak with experience and authority about the prospects for the U.S.-Iran negotiations and the consequences of failure.
U.S. Strategy for a Middle East in Turmoil
The old Middle East order is crumbling into chaos with a new and unusual alignment emerging between Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel to counter the increasingly threatening Jihadist anarchy. The United States is awkwardly positioned on the other side of this alignment because of its negotiations with Iran, its reluctance to get involved in Syria and its strained relations with Egypt. What should the United States do to adjust its Middle East strategy to the emerging threats to regional stability? Ambassador Indyk's 35 years of experience in developing U.S. policy toward the Middle East places him in a unique position to analyze current developments and assess their implications for U.S. economic as well as strategic interests.
In July 2014, Martin S. Indyk, currently vice president and director of the Foreign Policy Program at Brookings, returned from a leave of absence working with Secretary of State John Kerry as the U.S. special envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Previously, Ambassador Indyk was the founding director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings and prior to government service also the founding director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
He served twice as U.S. ambassador to Israel from 1995-1997 and from 2000-2001, as special assistant to President Clinton and senior director for Near East and South Asian affairs at the National Security Council (1993-1995), and as assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs in the U.S. Department of State (1997-2000).
He serves on the boards of the Lowy Institute for International Policy (Australia) and the Institute for National Security Studies (Israel). Indyk also serves as a member of the advisory boards of the Israel Democracy Institute and America Abroad Media.
Indyk received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Sydney University and a Ph.D. from the Australian National University.
Indyk is the author of Innocent Abroad: An Intimate Account of American Peace Diplomacy in the Middle East (Simon and Schuster, 2009). Most recently, Indyk co-authored Bending History: Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy with Michael O’Hanlon and Kenneth Lieberthal (Brookings Institution Press, 2012). He is now writing a book on Henry Kissinger and the art of Middle East peacemaking.