Martin S. Indyk

Director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution

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Martin Indyk is the Director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy.  He served in several senior positions in the U.S. government, most recently as ambassador to Israel and assistant secretary of state for Near East affairs.  He was also a founding executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.  He has published widely on Palestinian-Israeli peace and other topics in Middle East policy, and is now working on a study of the Clinton Administration’s diplomacy in the region.

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Arab-Israeli conflict; Iran, Iraq, and the Persian Gulf; Algeria, Libya, and North Africa


Past Positions
U.S. Ambassador to Israel (1995-97, 2000-01); Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs, U.S. Department of State (1997-2000); Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs, National Security Council (1993-95); Executive Director, Washington Institute for Near East Policy;Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University


Ph.D., Australian National University, 1977; B.Econ., University of Sydney, 1972

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Toward A New U.S.-Middle East Strategy



Netanyahu-Obama Meeting: Don't Expect Confrontation

Martin S. Indyk interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Martin Indyk, a former U.S. ambassador to Israel, says it's unlikely that the first meeting between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will lead to sharp disagreements but notes Netanyahu may have trouble reconciling calls for a two-state solution with opposition from his political base.

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Restoring the Balance

Authors: Richard N. Haass, Stephen D. Biddle, Ray Takeyh, Gary Samore, Steven A. Cook, Isobel Coleman, Steven Simon, Martin S. Indyk, Michael O’Hanlon, Kenneth M. Pollack, Suzanne Maloney, Bruce O. Riedel, Shibley Telhami, Tamara Cofman Wittes, and Daniel L. Byman

Experts from the Council on Foreign Relations and the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution propose a new, nonpartisan Middle East strategy drawing on the lessons of past failures to address both the short- and long-term challenges to U.S. interests.

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Other Report

Gulf Trip Report: Richard Haass and Martin Indyk

Authors: Richard N. Haass and Martin S. Indyk

In February, Martin Indyk and Richard Haass engaged leading Gulf policymakers in detailed conversations about what they are looking for from a new American president. While all those with whom they spoke were fascinated by the American presidential primary elections and seem to be following the results closely, few have yet focused on the possibility that a significant change in U.S. foreign policy might result from a new administration in Washington. There was also a significant disconnect between leaders and publics: The leaders are focused on how the next administration will deal with complex regional security challenge posed by Iran, whereas the publics are hoping that a new president will resolve the Palestinian issue and press authoritarian governments to be more open, transparent and accountable.

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