Daniel C. Kurtzer is a Lecturer and the S. Daniel Abraham Visiting 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 U.S. Foreign Service, Ambassador Kurtzer served as the United States Ambassador to Israel and as the United States Ambassador to Egypt.
Kurtzer held a number of senior policy and diplomatic positions, including political officer at the American embassies in Cairo and Tel Aviv, speechwriter for Secretary of State George P. Shultz and a member of the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research. He was instrumental in formulating and executing American policy in the Middle East peace process.
Since leaving government service, Kurtzer has authored numerous articles on U.S. policy. He is the co-author, with Scott Lasensky, of Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: American Leadership in the Middle East. Kurtzer served as an advisor to the Iraq Study Group, and currently serves on the Advisory Council of the American Bar Association’s Middle East-North Africa Rule of Law Initiative; as a member of the Board of Trustees of the American University in Cairo; and as a member of the New Jersey-Israel Commission.
Ambassador Kurtzer earned his B.A. from Yeshiva University and a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University. Kurtzer has received distinguished service awards from the President, the Secretary of State and the United States Intelligence Community.