Middle East Update:
What Might We
the Obama Administration
A TOWN HALL CONFERENCE
Wednesday, March 11,
Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel (2001-2005)
and Egypt (1997-2001), Daniel Kurtzer is a professor of Middle
East Policy Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and
International Affairs at Princeton University.
During his 29 years in public service, he held a number of
other diplomatic and policy positions including political
officer at the American Embassy in Cairo; political officer at
the American Embassy in Tel Aviv; Deputy Director of the Office
of Egyptian Affairs; speechwriter on the Policy Planning Staff;
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs; and
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence
Kurtzer was a member of the American delegation to the
Israel-Palestinian autonomy negotiations (1979-1982), helped
negotiate the creation of the Multinational Force and Observers
(1981-1982), negotiated and oversaw the successful arbitration
of the Taba border dispute between Israel and Egypt, crafted the
1988 peace initiative of Secretary of State George P. Shultz,
and in 1991 served as a member of the U.S. peace team that
brought about the Madrid Peace Conference. Subsequently, he
served as coordinator of the multilateral peace negotiations and
as the U.S. Representative in the Multilateral Refugee Working
Kurtzer received several of the U.S. Government's most
prestigious awards, including the President's Distinguished
Service Award, the Department of State Distinguished Service
Award, the National Intelligence Community's Award for
Achievement, and the Director General of the Foreign Service
Award for Political Reporting.
Ambassador Kurtzer received a B.A. from Yeshiva University in
New York and his Ph.D. from Columbia University.
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish Alliance
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