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Peace Processes and Human Rights Advocacy: Is There a Contradiction?

Audience: 
Open to the Public
Speaker(s): 
Amb. Daniel Kurtzer - S. Daniel Abraham Professor in Middle Eastern Policy Studies, Princeton; former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Egypt
Sponsor: 

 Co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School, the Program in Law and Public Affairs and the Princeton-Trenton Area chapter of UNA-USA

Woodrow Wilson School professor, former U.S. ambassador (ret.) Daniel C. Kurtzer, has received the 2017 Adlai Stevenson Award from the Princeton-Trenton area chapter of the United Nations Association of the U.S.A. (UNA-USA) for his career of service to the global community. Kurtzer is former ambassador to Israel (2001-2005) and Egypt (1997-2001), and lecturer and S. Daniel Abraham Professor in Middle Eastern Policy Studies at Princeton University.

Kurtzer will deliver a lecture titled “Peace Processes and Human Rights Advocacy? Is There a Contradiction?” The Princeton-Trenton area chapter of the UNA-USA will present the award in memory of former United Nations ambassador and Princeton alumnus Adlai Stevenson II.

Following a 29-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Kurtzer retired in 2005 with the rank of career-minister. He served as a political officer at the American embassies in Cairo and Tel Aviv, deputy director of the Office of Egyptian Affairs, speechwriter on the policy planning staff, deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs, and principal deputy assistant secretary of state for Intelligence and Research.

Throughout his career, Kurtzer was instrumental in formulating and executing U.S. policy toward the Middle East peace process. He remains active in Track II diplomacy related to the Middle East. Kurtzer was appointed by Secretary of State John Kerry to serve on the Secretary’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board. Governor Chris Christie appointed Kurtzer to serve on the New Jersey-Israel State Commission.

Previously, Kurtzer served as an advisor to the bipartisan Iraq Study Group, and as a member of the advisory council of the American Bar Association’s Middle East Rule of Law Initiative. In 2007, he was named as the first commissioner of the professional Israel Baseball League. He is the co-author of “Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: American Leadership in the Middle East;” co-author of “The Peace Puzzle: America’s Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011;” and editor of “Pathways to Peace: America and the Arab-Israeli Conflict.”

This event is co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the Program in Law and Public Affairs and the Princeton-Trenton area chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America.