On Thursday, October 3, Ambassador Dennis Ross, Director of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff during the first Bush administration, will give a lecture on the Bush administration’s priority of the Middle East.
The Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University is sponsoring this public event. Sign-in will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by the lecture at 6 p.m. in the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center on Texas A&M University’s West Campus. Registration can be found at bush.tamu.edu/scowcroft/events.
Ambassador Ross said President George H. W. Bush did not plan to make the Middle East a mainstay of Bush’s foreign policy plan when he took office, but the 1990 invasion of Kuwait refocused the attention of his administration. Ambassador Ross will elaborate on the successes of the Bush administration’s Middle Eastern policies and discuss his life and career dealing directly with parties in negotiations throughout the Middle East peace process in both the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations.
Ambassador Ross is counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Prior to returning to the Institute in 2011, 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. He has published extensively on the former Soviet Union, arms control, and the greater Middle East, contributing numerous chapters to anthologies as well as authoring many op-eds in the New York Times, Washington Post, and other newspapers and magazines.