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Authors & Insights: Martin Indyk and Elise Labott



Join the McCain Institute for International Leadership for its next installment of its book talk virtual series on Tuesday, Nov. 16. This event will feature Council on Foreign Relations Distinguished Fellow Martin Indyk and Foreign Policy columnist Elise Labott. They will discuss Indyk’s new book “Master of the Game: Henry Kissinger and the Art of Middle East Diplomacy,” a look at how America’s foremost statesman reshaped America’s foreign policy for generations to come.

Two lucky attendees will receive scopies of “Master of the Game: Henry Kissinger and the Art of Middle East Diplomacy,” by Martin Indyk! The winners, drawn at random, will be notified by email after the event.


Martin S. Indyk, is distinguished fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, he was the John C. Whitehead Distinguished Fellow in International Diplomacy in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution. From February 2015 to March 2018, he served as executive vice president of Brookings. Indyk served as the U.S. special envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations from July 2013 to June 2014. Prior to his time as special envoy, he was vice president and director of the Foreign Policy program and a senior fellow and the founding director of the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings.

Indyk served as U.S. ambassador to Israel from 1995 to 1997 and again from 2000 to 2001. He also served as special assistant to President Bill Clinton and senior director for Near East and South Asian affairs at the National Security Council (1993–95) and as assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs in the U.S. Department of State (1997–2000). Before entering government, Indyk was founding executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy for eight years. He serves on the boards of the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Australia, the Institute for National Security Studies in Israel, and the Aspen Institute’s Middle East Investment Initiative. Indyk also serves as a member of the advisory boards of the Israel Democracy Institute and America Abroad Media.

Indyk is the author of Innocent Abroad: An Intimate Account of American Peace Diplomacy in the Middle East” (Simon and Schuster, 2009) and the co-author of Bending History: Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy with Michael O’Hanlon and Kenneth Lieberthal (Brookings Institution Press, 2012). He is currently completing a book titled Master of the Game: Henry Kissinger and the Art of Middle East Diplomacy to be published by A.A. Knopf in 2021.

Indyk received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Sydney and a doctorate in international relations from the Australian National University.


Elise Labott, is a columnist at Foreign Policy magazine and leading journalist covering U.S. foreign policy and international issues. Before joining foreign policy she was CNN’s Global Affairs Correspondent. She reported from more 80 countries with the network, traveling the world with seven secretaries of state and interviewing many world leaders and newsmakers.

Elise is the founder of Zivvy, a digital media platform that aims to engage, inform and inspire youth to solve today’s most pressing global challenges, and an adjunct professor at American University’s School of International Service. Prior to joining American University, she was a Practitioner in Residence at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service.

She is a guest host at SiriusXM, provides commentary for MSNBC, NPR, and BBC and is a sought-after interviewer and moderator. Elise also serves as a global ambassador for Vital Voices, an organization that empowers female entrepreneurs and social activists around the world and is on the advisory committee of Global Kids DC, a program which introduces high school students in underserved communities to international affairs. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations

Elise received her M.A. in Media Studies from New School for Social Research and her B.A. in international relations from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Nov 16, 2021
12:00pm ET