Dan Kurtzer served as US Ambassador to Egypt (1997-2001) and as US Ambassador to Israel (2001-2005). Throughout his 29-year career in the US Foreign Service, Ambassador, Kurtzer was instrumental in formulating and executing U.S. policy toward the Middle East peace process. Since leaving government service, Kurtzer has served as an advisor to the Iraq Study Group; as a member of the Board of the American University in Cairo; the Advisor Council of the American Bar Association’s Middle East Rule of Law Initiative and of the Middle East Institute; as the first Commissioner of the professional Israel Baseball League; and as a member of the New Jersey-Israel Commission. He is the co-author of Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: American Leadership in the Middle East (2008), co-author of The Peace Puzzle: America’s Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011 (2013); and editor of Pathways to Peace: America and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (2012). He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University.