Martin S. Indyk served as U.S. ambassador to Israel from 1995 to 1997 and again from 2000 to 2001. He also served as special assistant to President Bill Clinton and senior director for Near East and South Asian affairs at the National Security Council (1993–95) and as assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs in the U.S. Department of State (1997–2000). Indyk served as the U.S. special envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations from July 2013 to June 2014. Indyk is a distinguished fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Previously, he served as executive vice president of the Brookings Institution, and as vice president and director of the Foreign Policy program. He was the founding director of the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings and Convenor of its Saban Forum. Before entering government, Indyk was founding executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy for eight years. He serves on the boards of the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Australia, the Institute for National Security Studies in Israel, and the Aspen Institute’s Middle East Investment Initiative. Indyk also serves as a member of the advisory boards of the Israel Democracy Institute and America Abroad Media. Indyk is the author of several books on U.S. diplomacy in the Middle East. His latest, Master of the Game: Henry Kissinger and the Art of Middle East Diplomacy, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in October 2021. Indyk received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Sydney and a doctorate in international relations from the Australian National University.