Itamar Rabinovich served as Israel's ambassador to the US and chief negotiator with Syria in the mid-1990s. From 1999-2007 he was president of Tel Aviv University, having been a member of faculty since 1971. He is currently the president of the newly founded Israel Institute (Washington and Jerusalem), Professor Emeritus of Middle Eastern History at Tel Aviv University, Distinguished Global Professor at NYU and a Distinguished Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Saban Center.
Over the years, Professor Rabinovich has held many public positions in Israel and abroad, as well as various visiting appointments at Princeton, Cornell, Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Toronto.
He is a member of the American Philosophical Society and a foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received many prestigious international awards.
He is the author and co-author of many publications on the modern history and politics of the Middle East. His most recent books are The View from Damascus (2011) and The Lingering Conflict: Israel, The Arabs and The Middle East (2011).