The Aspen Jewish Congregation is holding a free community event from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Snowmass Chapel with former U.S. Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer.
Kurtzer will present a talk titled “Shifting Sands in the Middle East: Implications for the United States and Israel.”
Kurtzer served as U.S. ambassador to Egypt during the term of President Bill Clinton and was the U.S. ambassador to Israel from 2001 to 2005 during the term of President George W. Bush.
Kurtzer joined the U.S. Department of State and was serving as a junior officer at the American Embassy in Cairo when Anwar Sadat was assassinated in 1981. He served in Israel between 1982 to 1986 and then became deputy director of the State Department’s Egypt desk in Washington, D.C. He later served on the policy planning staff as deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs and as principal deputy assistant secretary of state for intelligence and research.
In 2006, he retired from the State Department and the U.S. Foreign Service with the rank of career-minister and assumed a chair in Middle East policy studies at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. In 2007, Kurtzer also served as the commissioner of the Israel Baseball League.