Martin Indyk is the Vice President and Director of the Foreign Policy Program at Brookings.  In 2013 he took a leave of absence to work for Secretary of State John Kerry as the U.S. Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, returning to his current post at Brookings in July 2014. Previously, Ambassador Indyk was the Founding Director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He served twice as U.S. Ambassador to Israel, as Special Assistant to President Clinton and Senior Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs at the National Security Council, and as Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs.

Ambassador Indyk serves on the boards of the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Australia and the Institute for National Security Studies in Israel. He also serves as a member of the advisory boards of the Israel Democracy Institute and America Abroad Media.

Ambassador Indyk received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Sydney University and a Ph.D. from the Australian National University. He is the author of Innocent Abroad: An Intimate Account of American Peace Diplomacy in theMiddle East and co-authored Bending History: Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy with Michael O’Hanlon and Kenneth Lieberthal.  In 2014, Ambassador Indyk was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.