Former Israeli Ambassador to Washington, D.C. and Chief Negotiator with Syria, Itamar Rabinovich served as the President of Tel Aviv University from 1999 through 2007. A faculty member at Tel Aviv University since 1971, he has been Director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Dean of the Humanities and Rector. He is the incumbent of the Yona and Dina Ettinger Chair of Contemporary Middle Eastern History. Dr. Rabinovich has also held visiting appointments at the Universities of Pennsylvania and Toronto, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Institute of Advanced Studies in Princeton. He was an A.D. White Professor at Large at Cornell University from 1997-2002. Currently, Professor Rabinovich is a Distinguished Global Professor at New York University and President of the Israel Institute in Washington, DC.
Dr. Rabinovich is the author of several books, including: The View from Damascus: State, Political Community and Foreign Relations in the Twentieth-Century; Syria Under the Ba'ath; The War for Lebanon; The Road Not Taken: Early Arab-Israeli Negotiations; The Brink of Peace: Israel and Syria; and Waging Peace: Israel and the Arabs at the End of the Century. The College Reader Israel in the Middle East, which he co-edited with Jehuda Reinharz, will be published in a revised expanded version in 2007. Dr. Rabinovich is a member of the Trilateral Commission, Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Wexner Israel Program and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Brookings Institution. He is a board member of Bank Leumi, USA.
Born in 1942, Dr. Rabinovich is married and has two daughters. He holds a B.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an M.A. from Tel Aviv University and a Ph.D. from UCLA. He served in the IDF from 1963-1969 and held the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel (res.).