Dr. Michael Oren, who served as Israel's ambassador to the U.S. between 2009 and 2013 has accepted a faculty position at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya's Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, the college announced on Monday.
The IDC Herzliya is a private institution modeled on the Ivy League universities in the U.S. Its faculty includes former Chief Justice Aharon Barak and former Education Minister Amnon Rubinstein as well as other known figures who served in senior positions in the public and private sectors. The IDC's annual Herzliya Conference is often the forum in which Israeli leaders make key policy addresses.
Oren, who was appointed as an ambassador by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after the latter won the 2009 election, completed his four-year tenure as Israel's envoy several weeks ago. Former Netanyahu advisor Ron Dermer replaced Oren earlier this month.
Oren obtained a doctorate in Middle East history from Princeton University and was a guest lecturer at Harvard and Yale universities before becoming a diplomat. His book, "Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East," which tells the story of the Six-Day War and its aftermath, became a best seller.
Professor Uriel Reichman, the founder and president of IDC Herzliya, welcomed Oren on Monday, saying in a statement that he was "absolutely confident that Dr. Oren will seek to educate our students on the values of commitment and national service like he did in his former positions."
Oren said on Monday that he was "happy and honored to join the faculty of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the IDC Herzliya." He praised the center for "spearheading the debate on Israel's foreign policy through public diplomacy and the media," saying that his position "would enable me to strengthen the ties between Israel and the U.S. and the world, and to build a generation of future leaders in Israel."