Michael Yaffe is currently the vice president of the Middle East and Africa center at the United States Institute of Peace. Prior to January 2017, he was the senior advisor to the Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations at the U.S. Department of State. Between 2001 and 2012, he was the academic dean and distinguished professor of Strategic Studies at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. Previously, Dr. Yaffe was a career foreign affairs officer concentrating on the Middle East peace negotiations, regional security and nonproliferation, and served on U.S. delegations to the “Madrid” Middle East Arms Control and Regional Security talks, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, International Atomic Energy Agency and NATO. He is the recipient of several State Department Superior Honor and Group Meritorious Honor Awards. Prior to joining the U.S. Government in 1993, Dr. Yaffe was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University and Peace Scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace (1988-89).