Martin Indyk is a senior fellow of foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution.
Prior to joining Brookings, Indyk became U.S. ambassador to Israel on January 21, 2000. He served as Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs in Washington, DC between 1997 and 2000, and as the U.S. ambassador to Israel from 1995 to 1997. During this period he worked to strengthen U.S.-Israeli relations, to reinforce the U.S. commitment to advance the peace process, and to substantially increase the level of mutually beneficial trade and investment.
Indyk has served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs at the National Security Council. While at the NSC, he served as principal advisor to the President and the National Security Advisor on Arab-Israeli issues, Iraq, Iran, and South Asia. He was a senior member of Secretary Christopher's Middle East peace team and served as the White House Representative on the U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Commission.
Before entering government service, Indyk served for 8 years as the Executive Director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a research institute specializing in Arab-Israeli relations. He also has 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.-Israel relations, and on the threats of Middle East stability posed by Iraq and Iran.
He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Middle East Institute.
Indyk was born in London, England, and was raised and educated in Australia. He received a bachelor's degree in economics from Sydney University and a doctorate in international relations from the Australian National University.