Martin Indyk is the Vice President and Director of the Foreign Policy program at Brookings, and the founding Director of the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings.
From July 2013-July 2014, he served as the U.S. Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations at the U.S. Department of State.
He also served as U.S. Ambassador to Israel from 1995 to 1997 and 2000 to 2001. Before his first posting to Israel, Indyk was Special Assistant to President William J. Clinton and Senior Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs at the National Security Council. He served as Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs from 1997 to 2000. Before entering the U.S. Government, Indyk was founding Executive Director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He currently serves as Chairman of the International Council of the New Israel Fund. His book, Innocent Abroad: An Intimate Account of U.S. Peace Diplomacy in the Middle East was published in January 2009 in both Hebrew and English. His most recent book, co-authored with Michael O’Hanlon and Kenneth Lieberthal, is Bending History: Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy. Indyk received a B.Econ. (Hon.) from Sydney University and a Ph.D. in International Relations from the Australian National University.