Martin Indyk is an American diplomat and former United States ambassador to Israel. In 1982, Indyk began working as a research director for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Following his stint at AIPAC, Indyk served eight years as the founding Executive Director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He has also been an adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies where he taught Israeli politics and foreign policy.
Indyk has published widely on U.S. policy toward the Arab-Israeli peace process, on U.S.-Israeli relations, and on the threats of Middle East stability posed by Iraq and Iran. He served as special assistant to U.S. President Bill Clinton and as senior director of Near East and South Asian Affairs at the United States National Security Council. While at the NSC, he served as principal adviser to the President and the National Security Advisor on Arab-Israeli issues, Iraq, Iran, and South Asia. He was a senior member of Secretary of State Warren Christopher’s Middle East peace team and served as the White House representative on the U.S. Israel Science and Technology Commission. Indyk is currently the Director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, and Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution.