His Excellency Michael B. Oren is the State of Israel"s ambassador to the United States. Formerly, Oren was the Lady Davis Fellow of Hebrew University, a Moshe Dayan Fellow at Tel-Aviv University, and the Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Yale and Georgetown Universities, and has received fellowships from the U.S. Departments of State and Defense, and from the British and Canadian governments. He has testified before Congress and briefed the White House on Middle Eastern affairs. He acted as an Israeli emissary to Jewish "refuseniks" in the Soviet Union, as an adviser to Israel"s delegation to the United Nations, and as the government"s director of inter-religious affairs. Oren has written extensively for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The New Republic, where he also was a contributing editor. His two most recent books, "Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East" and "Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present," were both New York Times best-sellers. His work has also won the Los Angeles Times" History Book of the Year prize, a National Council of the Humanities award and the National Jewish Book Award. Oren is a graduate of Princeton and Columbia Universities.