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Ambassador Martin Indyk in Conversation with Susie Gelman

04nov6:00 pm7:00 pmAmbassador Martin Indyk in Conversation with Susie Gelman6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Ambassador Indyk’s newest book Master of the Game: Henry Kissinger and the Art of Middle East Diplomacy, to be released October 26, delves into the history of Henry Kissinger’s diplomatic negotiations in the Middle East. Join the EDCJCC in partnership with Israel Policy Forum in an illuminating conversation between Ambassador Indyk and Susie Gelman, activist, local DC philanthropist, and board chair of Israel Policy Forum.

Register here: https://edcjcc-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BhnMgAJBSrWnVIhUEDUmKg

More on the book:

More than twenty years have elapsed since the United States last brokered a peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians. In that time, three presidents have tried and failed. Martin Indyk—a former United States ambassador to Israel and special envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in 2013—has experienced these political frustrations and disappointments firsthand.

Now, in an attempt to understand the arc of American diplomatic influence in the Middle East, he returns to the origins of American-led peace efforts and to the man who created the Middle East peace process—Henry Kissinger. Based on newly available documents from American and Israeli archives, extensive interviews with Kissinger, and Indyk’s own interactions with some of the main players, the author takes readers inside the negotiations. Here is a roster of larger-than-life characters—Anwar Sadat, Golda Meir, Moshe Dayan, Yitzhak Rabin, Hafez al-Assad, and Kissinger himself.

Indyk’s account is both that of a historian poring over the records of these events, as well as an inside player seeking to glean lessons for Middle East peacemaking. He makes clear that understanding Kissinger’s design for Middle East peacemaking is key to comprehending how to—and how not to—make peace.

More on the Author:

Martin Indyk is a distinguished fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a former U.S. ambassador to Israel, assistant secretary of state for Near East Affairs, and special assistant to President Clinton. Previously, Indyk was executive vice president of the Brookings Institution, where he had also served as vice president and director of the Foreign Policy program and the founding director of its Center for Middle East Policy. He served as President Obama’s special envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations from July 2013 to June 2014. He lives in New York.

More on Susie Gelman:

A graduate of Harvard University and Georgetown University Law Center, Susie has been board chair of Israel Policy Forum since 2016. Susie served for three terms as president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, one term as Federation’s campaign co-chair, and is a lifetime member of the Federation’s Board of Directors. She was the inaugural chair of the Birthright Israel Foundation and served as a member of its board as well as the Taglit-Birthright Israel Planning Committee. Susie is a past president of the Georgetown Day School Board of Trustees, where she served on the board for twelve years. She is also the past president and on the board of the Goldman Environmental Foundation. Susie and her husband, Michael, live in Chevy Chase.




(Thursday) 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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