THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES MARTIN INDYK FOR ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR
NEAR EASTERN AFFAIRS AT THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
President Clinton today announced his intent to nominate Ambassador Martin Indyk as the Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State.
Ambassador Indyk of Washington D.C., is currently serving as Ambassador of the United States to Israel where he has served since March of 1995. Prior to this, Ambassador Indyk served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs at the National Security Council. During that period, he served as principal advisor to the President and National Security Advisor on Arab-Israeli issues, Iraq, Iran and South Asia. He also served as a member of Secretary Christopher's Peace Team. Prior to entering the government, Ambassador Indyk served for eight years as the Executive Director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a research institute that specializes in Arab-Israeli relations. He was also an adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies where he taught Israeli politics and foreign policy. He was raised and educated in Australia where he received a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Sydney in 1972, and a Ph.D. from the Australian National University in 1977. Ambassador Indyk has published widely on U.S. policy towards the Arab-Israeli peace process.
In his capacity as Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, Ambassador Indyk will assist the Secretary of State in providing overall direction, coordination and supervision of the U.S. Government Policy in the Middle East and North Africa.