Israel Dialogue Initiative Committee: U.S.-Israel Relations and Middle East Policies in the Wake of the Recent Elections in Both Countries

Thu, Apr 29 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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The Biden administration is quickly distinguishing its foreign policy values, interests, and goals, from those of its predecessor, including a different approach to Israel and the rest of the Middle East. Israel’s March 2021 election will result in a new coalition that may significantly affect aspects of Israeli foreign policy and relations with its neighbors and the United States.

Ambassador Kurtzer will offer his analysis and views of the impact of both recent elections on U.S.- Israel relations, their respective Middle East policies, U.S.- Palestinian relations, Israeli – Palestinian relations, and prospects for peace in the Middle East.

Daniel C. Kurtzer is the S. Daniel Abraham Professor of Middle East Policy Studies at Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs. During a 29-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Ambassador Kurtzer served as United States Ambassador to Israel and United States Ambassador to Egypt, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research. Kurtzer was a member of the Middle East peace team for Secretary of State James A. Baker III and Secretary of State Warren Christopher, playing an instrumental role in formulating and executing American policy, in particular helping to bring about the Madrid peace conference. He was the coordinator of the multilateral peace talks, served as U.S. representative to bilateral talks between Israel and the Palestinians and between Israel and Syria, and chaired the U.S. delegation to the multilateral refugee negotiations. In 2007, he was named the first Commissioner of the professional Israel Baseball League. Ambassador Kurtzer received his Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.

Our IDIC series, Understandingthe Legal System in Israel and Its Impact on Israeli Society , exploring the interaction of religious law, civil law, military law, and international law, and specific outcomes of those interactions will resume in the Fall.

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