Daniel C. Kurtzer is the S. Daniel Abraham Professor of Middle East Policy Studies at Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs. During a 29-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Ambassador Kurtzer served as the United States Ambassador to Israel and as the United States Ambassador to Egypt. He was also a speechwriter and member of the Secretary of State George P. Shultz’s Policy Planning Staff; and served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs and as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research.
Kurtzer was a member of the Middle East peace team for Secretary of State James A. Baker III and Secretary of State Warren Christopher. He played an instrumental role in formulating and executing American policy, in particular helping to bring about the Madrid peace conference. Following that breakthrough, Kurtzer was named as the coordinator of the multilateral peace talks; served as the U.S. representative to the bilateral talks between Israel and the Palestinians and between Israel and Syria; and chaired the U.S. delegation to the multilateral refugee negotiations.
Kurtzer 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. After retiring from the State Department, he served as a member of Secretary of State John Kerry’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board, and as an advisor to the bipartisan Iraq Study Group. In 2007, he was named the first Commissioner of the professional Israel Baseball League.
Ambassador Kurtzer received his Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.
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Author activist, Dr. Timmon Milne Wallis is Executive Director of NuclearBan.US. He completed the 2nd edition of his book, Warheads to Windmills, in December, 2023. CFPA has supported Timmon's antinuclear, pro-planet campaign since he first published the book in 2019. CFPA was pleased to have Timmon as a panelist for its July, 2023 No Wars, No Warming Webinar, "Ending Climate and Nuclear Crises for the Next Generations".
Long-time peace and justice advocate, Erica DeKranes, is a member of CFPA's Board of Directors, Councilwoman in Allentown Borough (NJ), and Senior Officer of Resource Mobilization at VisionSpring.
Kim Fraczek is Executive Director of Sane Energy Project of New York State. She successfuly led the movement to prohibit fracking in New York state, where she is a leading advocate for wind, solar, and renewable energy, and ending reliance on fossil fuels.
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Katrina vanden Heuvel is editorial director and publisher of The Nation. She served as editor of the magazine from 1995 to 2019. She currently writes a weekly column for The Washington Post and is a commentator on U.S. and international politics for MSNBC, CNN, and PBS. Vanden Heuvel is the author of The Change I Believe In: Fighting for Progress in the Age of Obama, and co-author (with Stephen F. Cohen) of Voices of Glasnost: Interviews with Gorbachev’s Reformers.
She has been recognized for her journalism and public service by many progressive organizations. During her tenure, The Nation’s journalism has been recognized for excellence by the National Magazine Awards, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Maggie Awards, GLAAD, and the National Association of Black Journalists, among others. In addition to the Quincy Institute, she also serves on the boards of the Progressive Caucus Center, the Institute for Policy Studies, the Roosevelt Institute, Four Freedoms Park Conservancy, the Sidney Hillman Media Foundation, Inequality Media, the Osborne Association, and Research to Prevent Blindness.
She is President of the American Committee for US-Russian Accord (ACURA).