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