Moshe Bogi Ya'alon

David Makovsky

Director, Project on the Middle East Peace Process, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

David Makovsky is the Ziegler Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute and Director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process. In 2014, he concluded an almost ten-month stint as a senior advisor on Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace team. He is also an adjunct professor in Middle East studies at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Author of numerous Washington Institute monographs and essays on issues related to the Middle East Peace Process and the Arab- Israeli conflict, he is also coauthor, with Dennis Ross, of the 2009 Washington Post bestseller Myths, Illusions, and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East (Viking/Penguin). His 2011 maps on alternative territorial solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were reprinted by The New York Times in the paper’s first interactive treatment of an op-ed. His widely acclaimed September 2012 New Yorker essay, “The Silent Strike,” focused on the U.S.-Israel dynamics leading up to the 2007 Israeli attack on Syrian nuclear facilities. Before joining The Washington Institute, Makovsky was an award-winning journalist who covered the peace process from 1989 to 2000. He is the former executive editor of the Jerusalem Post, was diplomatic correspondent for Israel’s leading daily, Haaretz, and is a former contributing editor to U.S. News and World Report. He served for eleven years as that magazine’s special Jerusalem correspondent. He was awarded the National Press Club’s 1994 Edwin M. Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence for a cover story on PLO finances that he co-wrote for the magazine. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Makovsky received a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a master’s degree in Middle East studies from Harvard University. .