Itamar Rabinovich

Itamar Rabinovich

Distinguished Fellow – Foreign Policy

Itamar Rabinovich is a distinguished nonresident fellow in the Foreign Policy program focusing on Middle Eastern policy and politics as well as a member of the Brookings Institution’s International Advisory Council.

He is professor and president emetitus at Tel Aviv University and vice chair of its Institute for National Security Studies.

He previously served as Yitzhak Rabin’s ambassador to Washington and chief negotiator with Syria.

He is the author of “Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman” and “Syrian Requiem: The Civil War and Its Aftermath” (with Carmit Valensi). His book, “Middle Eastern Maze,” will be published by Brookings in early 2023.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Syria-Israel relations
    • U.S.-Israel relations
    • Diplomacy
    • Foreign policy
  • Current Positions

    • International Advisory Board Member, The Brookings Institution
    • Professor Emeritus of Middle Eastern History, Tel Aviv University
    • Distinguished Global Professor, NYU
    • Chairman of the Board, the Dan David Foundation
    • Vice Chairman of the Board, Institute of National Security Studies
    • Chairman of the Advisory Board, Wexner-Israel Program
    • Member, Trilateral Commission
    • Member, International Advisory Council of APCO Worldwide.
  • Past Positions

    • Israel’s Ambassador to the United States
    • Israel’s Chief Negotiator with Syria
    •   President, Tel Aviv University
    • Chairman of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, Tel Aviv University
    • Director, Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Tel Aviv University
    • Dean of Humanities, Tel Aviv University
    • Rector, Tel Aviv University
  • Education

    • B.A., Hebrew University of JerusalemM.A., Tel Aviv University Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
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