Dan Arbell is a Project Manager with the National Security and International Policy team at American Progress. He is also a nonresident fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, and a scholar-in-residence at the Department of History and the School of International Service, or SIS, at American University in Washington, D.C. He is a 26-year veteran of the Israeli Foreign Service, serving in senior posts in the United States and Japan, and holding senior positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters in Jerusalem.
Notably, he was deputy chief of mission (No. 2) at the Embassy of Israel in Washington D.C., and worked as Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren‘s second in command for nearly three years from 2009 to 2012. In the ‘90s, he served as Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Itamar Rabinovich‘s chief of staff and a member of Israel’s negotiating team with Syria from 1993 to 1996, and later as deputy chief of mission (No. 2) at the Israeli Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, from 2001 to 2005. He was acting head of the North America division at the Israeli Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem from 2005 to 2009.
Dan holds a master’s degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in political science and a bachelor’s degree from Hebrew University in world history and political science.
He is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer in public forums nationwide focusing on his areas of expertise, which include Israeli politics, the U.S.-Israel relationship, the Middle East peace process, Israel’s strategic environment and challenges, Israel’s place in the changing Middle East, the Turkey-Israel conundrum, and the politics of the recent discoveries of natural gas in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Dan is married to Sarit and they have four children together.