David Makovsky

Senior Advisor to the Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations

David Makovsky is the Ziegler distinguished fellow at The Washington Institute, on leave to the U.S. Department of State. He is also an adjunct professor in Middle East studies at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

He has written numerous Washington Institute monographs and essays on the Arab-Israeli conflict. His acclaimed New Yorker essay, "The Silent Strike," focused on the U.S.-Israel dynamics leading up to the 2007 Israeli attack on Syrian nuclear facilities. He is co-author, with Dennis Ross, of Myths, Illusions, and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East.

David is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies. His commentary has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Chicago Tribune, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy and National Interest.

He has testified before the full U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the full U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, and on multiple occasions before the House of Representatives committee on Foreign Affairs Middle East subcommittee.

Before joining The Washington Institute, David was an award-winning journalist who covered the peace process from 1989 to 2000. He is the former executive editor of the Jerusalem Post, was diplomatic correspondent for Israel's leading daily, Haaretz, and is a former contributing editor to U.S. News and World Report. 



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