Daniel C. Kurtzer is the S. Daniel Abraham Professor of Middle East Policy Studies at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. During a 29-year career in the US Foreign Service, Ambassador Kurtzer served as the United States Ambassador to Israel and to Egypt.
Since his retirement from government service in 2005, Ambassador Kurtzer has served as an advisor to the Iraq Study Group, a member of the Board of Trustees of the American University in Cairo and a member of the New Jersey-Israel Commission. In 2007, Ambassador Kurtzer became the first and only commissioner of the professional Israel Baseball League. Several years earlier in 2002, he was invited to join the first baseball game for Israeli Jewish and Arab youngsters organized by the Peres Center for Peace, the Israel Baseball Association and local high schools. The event was designed to promote cultural understanding between these two groups.
Ambassador Kurtzer received a BA from Yeshiva University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the President’s Distinguished Service Award and the Department of State Distinguished Service Award.
Among his myriad writing credits, Ambassador Kurtzer is the co-author of Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: American Leadership in the Middle East (2008) and The Peace Puzzle: America’s Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011 (2013). He is also the editor of Pathways to Peace: America and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (2012).