Daniel Shapiro

Daniel Shapiro
Daniel Shapiro
Distinguished Visiting Fellow


Daniel Shapiro joined INSS in March 2017 as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow. At INSS he will participate in several of the Institute’s research programs, including those on Israel-U.S. Relations, Israeli-Palestinian Relations, the Arab World, and Israeli Society and Public Opinion. Ambassador Shapiro has also become a frequent contributor to leading publications, including Foreign Policy and The Atlantic. Among his recent pieces is "So You Want to Move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem? Here's How" (Foreign Policy, January 31, 2017).

Before joining INSS, Mr. Shapiro served as United States ambassador to Israel (July 2011-January 2017). In that role, he participated in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, U.S.-Israel discussions on the Iran nuclear agreement, and negotiations on the $38 billion Memorandum of Understanding for U.S. military assistance to Israel Prior to that he was Senior Director for the Middle East and North Africa at the National Security Council at the White House, where he served as a member of Special Envoy George Mitchell's team, led U.S. diplomatic efforts in Syria and Lebanon, and advised President Obama through the early months of the upheavals in Arab states in 2011. He previously served in numerous senior advisory positions in the U.S. Congress. He was a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Ambassador Shapiro has taught at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He holds a B.A. from Brandeis University and an M.A. from Harvard University.

Research Fields

  • Israel-diaspora relations
  • Israel: Palestinians, political process
  • Israel: United States
  • Middle East: regional security
  • US and the political process
  • US: Middle East


The Keys to the Palestinian Arena
January 30, 2020
The gaps between Israel and American Jewry: cause for concern?
January 28, 2019
The Iran Nuclear Deal: Scenarios for the Coming Year
September 3, 2018
Implications of Trump's Exit from the JCPOA
July 3, 2018
Implications of Trump's Exit from the JCPOA
July 2, 2018
American Jewry and Israel's national security
January 31, 2018