Martin S. Indyk

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Executive Vice President, The Brookings Institution

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Martin S. Indyk, executive vice president of the Brookings Institution, returned to Brookings July 1 after serving as the U.S. special envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Previously, Indyk was vice president and director of the Foreign Policy Program and a senior fellow and the founding director of the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings. He served as U.S. ambassador to Israel from 1995-1997 and from 2000-2001.

Indyk served 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).

Before entering the U.S. government, Indyk was founding executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy for eight years. He currently serves as chairman of the international council and as a board member of the New Israel Fund, as well as 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).