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CHANGE IN TIME: Former Mideast envoy Dennis Ross to speak Dec. 10

Dec 10, 2008 (All day)
Robertson Hall
Arthur Lewis Auditorium
Open to the Public

Ambassador Dennis Ross, former special Middle East Coordinator under President Bill Clinton and consultant for The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, will present a public talk at the Woodrow Wilson School titled "Whither the Middle East?" at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 10, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall, on the Princeton University campus.

Currently a consultant to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Ambassador Ross was formerly the Washington Institute’s counselor and Ziegler distinguished fellow. For more than twelve years, Ross played a leading role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process and dealing directly with the parties in negotiations. A highly skilled diplomat, Ambassador Ross was U.S. point man on the peace process in both the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations. He was instrumental in assisting Israelis and Palestinians to reach the 1995 Interim Agreement. He also successfully brokered the 1997 Hebron Accord, facilitated the 1994 Israel-Jordan peace treaty, and worked to bring Israel and Syria together.

A scholar and diplomat with more than two decades of experience in Soviet and Middle East policy, Ross worked closely with Secretaries of State James Baker, Warren Christopher, and Madeleine Albright. Prior to his service as special Middle East coordinator under President Clinton, Ambassador Ross served as director of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff in the first Bush administration. In that capacity, he played a prominent role in U.S. policy toward the former Soviet Union, the unification of Germany and its integration into NATO, arms control negotiations, and the 1991 Gulf War coalition.

During the Reagan administration, he served as director of Near East and South Asian affairs on the National Security Council staff and deputy director of the Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment. Ambassador Ross was awarded the Presidential Medal for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service by President Clinton, and Secretaries Baker and Albright presented him with the State Department's highest award.

Ambassador Ross has published extensively on the former Soviet Union, arms control, and the greater Middle East, contributing numerous chapters to anthologies.

Ross is also a frequent contributor to the Financial Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and U.S. News and World Report, as well as a foreign affairs analyst for Fox News Channel. His book “The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace” (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, August 2004) offers comprehensive analytical and personal insight into the Middle East peace process.

A 1970 graduate of UCLA, Ambassador Ross wrote his doctoral dissertation on Soviet decision-making, and from 1984 to 1986 served as executive director of the Berkeley-Stanford program on Soviet International Behavior.

This event is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Office of Career Services. It is free and open to the public.


Dennis Ross, former special Middle East Coordinator under President Bill Clinton and consultant for The Washington Institute for Near East Policy