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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 director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at ECFR, based in our London office. He is also senior research fellow at the New America Foundation and senior fellow at The Century Foundation.

During the Barak government of 1999-2001, Daniel worked in the Israeli prime minister's office as special adviser and head of Jerusalem Affairs, following which he worked as senior policy adviser to then Israeli minister of justice, Yossi Beilin. In this capacity, he was responsible for co-ordinating policy on various issues, including peace negotiations, civil and human rights, and the Palestinian minority in Israel. Daniel was also a member of the official Israeli delegation to the Taba negotiations with the Palestinians in January 2001 and previously served on the Israeli negotiating team to the "Oslo B" agreement from May to September 1995 under Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. He also served as the lead Israeli drafter of the Geneva Initiative, a joint Israeli-Palestinian effort that suggests a detailed model for a peace agreement to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. From 2003-2004, Daniel worked as an analyst for the International Crisis Group's Middle East Program.

Daniel received a BA and MA with honours from King's College, Cambridge, where he was awarded prizes in social and political science. He left the UK for Israel in 1991 when he was elected chair of the World Union of Jewish Students in Jerusalem, a position he served in from 1991-1994, after which he enlisted for a year of military service in the Israeli Defense Forces as a non-commissioned officer. In the late 1990s, Daniel was projects director for the Economic Co-operation Foundation, a policy-planning think-tank in Tel Aviv, mainly engaging in Track II diplomatic initiatives.

Daniel is a founding editor of the Middle East Channel at He has written extensively for a number of publications, is a regular Middle East commentator on TV and radio, including for the BBC, CNN, PBS, and Al Jazeera, and writes an occasional blog post at


Latest from Daniel Levy

Cover: Rebooting EU Foreign Policy

Rebooting EU Foreign Policy

by Daniel Levy& François Godement& Kadri Liik & Mark Leonard& Nick Witney& Vessela Tcherneva - 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.

Demilitarising Gaza is not a solution, it’s a trap (Commentary)

by Daniel Levy - 15th August, 2014

Demilitarising Gaza is being touted as part of a solution to the recent fighting. However, it's a potentially dangerous red herring 

This renewed violence suggests a bleak future for Palestinians and Israelis (Commentary)

by Daniel Levy - 11th July, 2014

A toxic cocktail of greater radicalisation, lack of mediators and Binyamin Netanyahu do not bode well for the region

Ten global consequences of the Ukraine crisis (Commentary)

by Anthony Dworkin & Daniel Levy & François Godement & Kadri Liik & Mark Leonard & Piotr Buras - 16th June, 2014

Russian actions and Western responses to them could accelerate the unwinding of the current international order

In Middle East, Ukraine crisis vindicates disillusion with West (Commentary)

by Daniel Levy - 28th May, 2014

The Ukraine crisis has been received in the Middle East with a collective “I told you so”

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