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Daniel Kurtzer, Professor of Middle Eastern Policy Studies, Princeton University, 12 October 2010
Daniel Kurtzer addressed a private Boardroom dinner for 25 business executives where he discussed “The challenge of finding a peace settlement in the Middle East is once again front and centre”. This boardroom event was generously hosted by Minter Ellison and The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Click on the heading to read more.
Daniel C. Kurtzer, currently Professor of Middle Eastern policy studies at Princeton University, retired from the U.S. Foreign Service with the rank of Career-Minister.
From 2001-2005 he served as the United States Ambassador to Israel and from 1997-2001 as the United States Ambassador to Egypt and worked in both the George W Bush and Clinton administrations.
He served as a political officer at the American embassies in Cairo and Tel Aviv, Deputy Director of the Office of Egyptian Affairs, speechwriter on the Policy Planning Staff, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research.
Kurtzer was a member of the American delegation to the Israel-Palestinian autonomy negotiations (1979-1982), helped negotiate the creation of the Multinational Force and Observers (1981-1982), negotiated and oversaw the successful arbitration of the Taba border dispute between Israel and Egypt, crafted the 1988 peace initiative of Secretary of State George P. Shultz, and in 1991 served as a member of the U.S. peace team that brought about the Madrid Peace Conference.
Kurtzer, 59, joined Obama's primary and presidential campaigns as a senior member of the president-elect's foreign advisers and also helped prepare Obama's visit to the region.
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