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 was formerly Director of the New America Foundation’s Middle East Taskforce 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 foreignpolicy.com. He has written for many publications and is a regular commentator on TV and radio, including for the BBC, CNN, PBS, and Al Jazeera.
16th November, 2015
08th October, 2015
In the first discussion Dr Nabil Shaath, a senior member of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, looks at the internal Palestinian democratic process and the state of Palestinian strategy.
08th October, 2015
The second panel discusses the campaign in Israel for Palestinian human rights and the consequences of prolonged occupation for Palestinians and for Israeli democracy with Hagai El-Ad, Executive Director of B'Tselem.
by Daniel Levy - 09th September, 2015
A visit to Downing Street is a welcome distraction for Mr. Netanyahu as Congressional options close over Iran deal
by Julien Barnes-Dacey, Susi Dennison , Anthony Dworkin, Francisco de Borja Lasheras, Ellie Geranmayeh , François Godement, Andrew Hammond, Daniel Levy, Kadri Liik , Angela Stanzel, Rachel Tausendfreund, Mattia Toaldo, Andrew Wilson - 29th January, 2015
In the first discussion Dr Nabil Shaath, a senior member of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, looks at the internal Palestinian democratic process and the state of Palestinian strategy.Listen online
The second panel discusses the campaign in Israel for Palestinian human rights and the consequences of prolonged occupation for Palestinians and for Israeli democracy with Hagai El-Ad, Executive Director of B'Tselem.Listen online
ECFR's director Mark Leonard speaks to Daniel Levy, director of the MENA programme, and to policy fellows Julien Barnes-Dacey and Ellie Geranmayeh, about the Iran nuclear agreement and Geranmayeh's new policy brief 'Engaging with Iran: A European agenda'.
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With only a few months following his election victory, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is faced with his first crisis over a discriminatory pilot scheme that would've seen Palestinian workers banned from using Israeli buses in the occupied West Bank. The proposal has been scrapped. However, as ECFR's director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme, Daniel Levy argues, the government Netanyahu has put together will see on a number of occasions "this kind of visible ugliness floating to the surface in ways that people have tried to gloss over in the past".Listen online Download
With the Israeli elections coming up, Rosemary Hollis, Professor of Middle East Policy Studies at City University, Menachem Klein, Professor of Political Science at Bar Ilan University, Daniel Levy, Middle East and North Africa Programme Director at ECFR and Mattia Toaldo, ECFR policy fellow, discuss the possible outcomes.Listen online
Sami Abdel Shafi, Representative of the Carter Center in Gaza, Tony Laurance, Chief Executive of Medical Aid for Palestinians, Maha Abu Shama, Programme Officer for Human Rights at the Sigrid Rausing Trust, and Daniel Levy, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at ECFR, look at what realistically can be done to ease the humanitarian suffering in Gaza.Listen online
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