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Daniel Levy

Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme

Languages: English, Hebrew
Areas of Expertise: Middle East, National Security

Daniel Levy is the head of the Middle East and & North Africa programme at ECFR.

He is a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation and a senior fellow at The Century Foundation.

From 2003 to 2004 Daniel was an analyst for the International Crisis Group’s Middle East programme. From 1999 to 2001 Daniel was special adviser and head of Jerusalem Affairs in the office of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. He also served as senior policy adviser to Israeli Justice Minister Yossi Beilin, responsible for coordinating policy on issues including peace negotiations, civil and human rights, and the Palestinian minority in Israel.

Daniel was a member of the Israeli delegation to the 2001 Taba negotiations with the Palestinians and served on the Israeli negotiating team to the 1995 “Oslo B” agreement under Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. He was the lead Israeli drafter of the Geneva Initiative, a joint Israeli-Palestinian effort suggesting a detailed model for a peace agreement to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Daniel received his BA and MA from King’s College, Cambridge. He went to Israel in 1991 as chair of the World Union of Jewish Students in Jerusalem, a position he served in until 1994, after which he spent a year in the Israeli Defense Forces as a non-commissioned officer. In the late 1990s, Daniel was projects director for the Economic Cooperation Foundation, a policy-planning think-tank based in Tel Aviv.

Daniel is a founding editor of the Middle East Channel at He has written for many publications and is a regular commentator on TV and radio, including for the BBC, CNN, PBS, and Al Jazeera. 

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Cover: European Foreign Policy Scorecard 2015
Cover: The Islamic State through the regional lens

The Islamic State through the regional lens

by Julien Barnes-Dacey & Ellie Geranmayeh & Daniel Levy - 14th January, 2015

Essay collection on the regional dimensions of the IS crisis.


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Encouraging regional ownership of the fight against the Islamic State (Commentary)

by Julien Barnes-Dacey & Ellie Geranmayeh & Daniel Levy - 12th January, 2015

The West needs to push regional actors to assume their responsibilities in confronting the threat posed by IS.

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On recognising Palestine: speech excerpts from Daniel Levy (Commentary)

by Daniel Levy - 16th December, 2014

There is a case to be made for Europe not recognising the Palestinian state, but is it a worthwhile one?


Riyadh’s Perspective on a Region in Turmoil (Podcast)

04th December, 2014

Saudi Arabian Prince Turki bin Faisal al-Saud and ECFR's Daniel Levy discuss to what extent Riyadh's relations with the West are going through a period of change.

Cover: Rebooting EU Foreign Policy

Rebooting EU Foreign Policy

by François Godement & Mark Leonard & Daniel Levy & Kadri Liik & Vessela Tcherneva & Nick Witney - 03rd October, 2014

The EU is ill-equipped to respond to foreign policy crises.

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The Islamic State in the Jewish state’s wing mirror (Commentary)

by Daniel Levy - 02nd October, 2014

The biggest danger for Israel, as it is for some of its neighbours, is that the “Islamic State metastasising threat narrative” could become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Israel's spinning moral compass (Commentary)

by Daniel Levy - 19th August, 2014

Apparent wall-to-wall consensus in favour of the Gaza offensive among the Israeli public masks a deep internal moral malaise.

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