George Mitchell

What can Middle East peace talks and doping in baseball tell us about defusing complex situations?

Obama’s former Special Envoy for Middle East Peace

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George Mitchell | Obama’s former Special Envoy for Middle East Peace

An engaging speaker with a deserved international reputation for defusing some of the world’s most complicated situations, George Mitchell offers clear and comprehensive talks on topics such as foreign policy, conflict negotiation, corporate governance, and the current state of the U.S. political climate. 

When it comes to negotiators, few have the reputation, tenacity and track record of George Mitchell. The former Senate Majority Leader has been tapped to forge peace treaties, investigate scandals, lead corporations, and navigate sensitive international conflicts. Most recently, Mitchell served the Obama Administration as Special Envoy for Middle East Peace from 2009-2011, a role informed by previous work in the region, specifically as the creator of the Mitchell Report on Arab-Israeli matters in 2001. Mitchell made history while chairing peace negotiations in Northern Ireland, culminating in the Good Friday Agreement for which he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


Respected for his commitment to fairness, the former senator chaired commissions on questions facing the Olympic bidding processes and the doping scandal surrounding Major League Baseball. In the private sector, Mitchell has served on the boards of Federal Express, Staples, Xerox, Unilever and was tapped as to replace Michael Eisner as Disney’s chairman. He is also the author of a memoir, The Negotiator, and co-author of A Path to Peace: A Brief History of Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations and a Way Forward in the Middle East.