2019 Shirley Sugerman Interfaith Forum

Our panel looked back on the Camp David process, the time since the agreement, and toward the days ahead…

Daniel Kurtzer. Former U.S. Ambassador.

Kurtzer "likened the agreement to the end of the Cold War. 'It had that dramatic of an impact.'" -DrewNews

Sarah Yerkes. Fellow, Middle East Program at the Carnegie…

"The accords 'changed the narrative of peace,' said Sarah Yerkes." -Drew News.

M. Anis Salem.

"'Sadat was the big driving force in the process toward peace,' added M. Anis Salem." -DrewNews


2019 Shirley Sugerman Interfaith Forum.

Camp David: 40 Years of Israeli-Egyptian Peace

TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2019 |  Drew University F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre

Four decades ago and with the help of a U.S. president, the leaders of Egypt and Israel ended years of conflict with the Camp David Accords.

“Experts examined the legacy of the Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt during a panel discussion at Drew University.”

Read more at Drew News.


S. Daniel Abraham Professor of Middle East Policy Studies.

Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton.

Daniel C. Kurtzer is the S.Daniel Abraham Professor of Middle East policy studies at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Following a 29-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Kurtzer retired in 2005 with the rank of Career-Minister. From 2001-2005 he served as the United States Ambassador to Israel and from 1997-2001 as the United States Ambassador to Egypt. He served as a political officer at the American embassies in Cairo and Tel Aviv, Deputy Director of the Office of Egyptian Affairs, speechwriter on the Policy Planning Staff, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research.

Throughout his career, Kurtzer was instrumental in formulating and executing U.S. policy toward the Middle East peace process. He remains active in Track II diplomacy related to the Middle East. Kurtzer was appointed by Secretary of State John Kerry to serve on the Secretary's Foreign Affairs Policy Board. Governor Chris Christie has appointed Kurtzer to serve on the New Jersey-Israel State Commission. Previously, Kurtzer served as an advisor to the bipartisan Iraq Study Group, and as a member of the Advisory Council of the American Bar Association's Middle East Rule of Law Initiative. In 2007, he was named as the first Commissioner of the professional Israel Baseball League. He is the co-author of Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: American Leadership in the Middle East; co-author of The Peace Puzzle: America’s Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011; and editor of Pathways to Peace: America and the Arab-Israeli Conflict. Ph.D. Columbia University.

Photo credit Jon Roemer.

Fellow, Middle East Program.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Sarah Yerkes is a fellow in Carnegie’s Middle East Program, where her research focuses on state-society relations in the Middle East and North Africa. She has been a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Council on Foreign Relations international affairs fellow and has taught in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University and at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. Yerkes is a former member of the State Department’s policy planning staff. Previously, she was a foreign affairs officer in the State’s Department’s Office of Israel and Palestinian affairs where she covered human rights, civil society, and religious freedom issues. She also led a peace to people engagement strategy in support of the 2013-2014 US-led peace negotiations. Yerkes also served as a geopolitical research analyst for the U.S. military’s Joint Staff Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J5) at the Pentagon, advising the Joint Staff leadership on foreign policy and national security issues.

Ambassador (Ret.)

Coordinator of the UN Working Group at the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs.

Ambassador Salem has over 40 years of leadership experience in the fields of international affairs, social development, humanitarian relief operations, training and communication. He is a Board Member of the Center for International Studies, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University, where he is an external examiner for MA and PhD degrees as well as a lecturer on international negotiations. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Anna Lindh Foundation for Cultural Dialogue and the Advisory Board of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Center for Strategic Studies. He is a Former Board Member and current Coordinator of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs Working Group on the United Nations and Regional Organisations, as well as a former Deputy Coordinator of the Council’s Arab Region Group.

From 2006-2008 Ambassador Salem served as the UNICEF Representative in Syria. Earlier, he worked at UNICEF’s Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa. Before that he served with UNICEF in the six GCC countries, Iraq, Sudan and South Asia.

Prior to his secondment to UNICEF, Mr. Salem worked at the Al-Ahram Centre for Strategic Studies then the External Relations Department of the Egyptian Parliament (1969-1971). In 1971 he joined the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a member of the Minister’s Office, moving on to the Department of International Organizations, the Press Department then the London Embassy (1974-77). In 1981 he became a Research Associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies working on inter-Arab conflicts. He retired with the rank of Ambassador in 2008.

Mr. Salem lectures and writes widely on international issues, particularly the Middle East. He also leads training courses for diplomats and development staff on negotiations, management, communication and humanitarian relief operations.

Mr. Salem holds a BSc in Political Science (1969) and Diplomas in International Law (1973) and International Relations (1975) from the Universities of Cairo, Oslo and Vienna respectively. He studied at the Institute for Diplomatic Studies (Cairo) and conducted graduate work at the Department of War Studies (King’s College, London), the School of Oriental and African Studies (London University) and the Peace Research Institute (Oslo).

The Shirley Sugerman Interfaith Forum was established in 1991 and endowed by Dr. Shirley Sugerman G’70, Drew trustee emerita, and other donors.

The forum provides a venue for interdisciplinary exchanges between and among scholars, teachers, religious leaders, and members of the larger community interested in exploring issues of interfaith understanding, the diversity of religiously-based ethical perspectives and the political, social and cultural conflicts caused by the clash of religious traditions.