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Former U.S. Ambassador to Speak at Bush School

January 16, 2020

Ambassador Dennis Ross

Ambassador Dennis Ross

On Wednesday, February 12, Ambassador Dennis Ross will deliver a lecture on Texas A&M University’s West Campus, beginning at 6 p.m.

The talk will be on Ambassador Ross’ recent book, co-authored with David Makovsky, Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel’s Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny. The book focuses on what we can learn from Israel’s leaders and provides profiles of four Israeli prime ministers who made historic choices and explores the lessons from those decisions to see if they can provide a guide to dealing with the fateful choice that Israel’s leaders must soon confront or by default become a binational state.

This free event, hosted by the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, is open to the public. Registration is recommended by February 10 and can be found on the Bush School’s event page.

Ambassador Dennis Ross is counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. For more than twelve years, Ambassador Ross played a leading role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process, dealing directly with the parties as the U.S. point man on the peace process in both the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations. He served two years as special assistant to President Obama and National Security Council senior director for the Central Region and a year as special advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Prior to his service as special Middle East coordinator under President Clinton, he served as director of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff in the first Bush administration. He played a prominent role in U.S. policy towards 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.

Previously, Ambassador Ross authored Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama and coauthored Myths, Illusions, and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East with Makovsky.

Register here.