Listen to our Israel in Depth podcast featuring an interview with Ambassador Dennis Ross, a veteran American diplomat who worked on Middle East peace for three presidents, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Barack Obama.
About this Episode
Israel in Depth (Episode 1) - On this episode of Israel in Depth, Professor Dov Waxman, the Director of UCLA’s Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, talks with former Ambassador Dennis Ross, a veteran American diplomat who has played a leading role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Arab-Israeli peace process, and advised three U.S. presidents, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama. Ambassdor Ross discussed President Trump's recently released "Prosperity to Peace" plan aimed at resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He also talked about his latest book, co-authored with David Makovsky, Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel's Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny (Hachette Book Group, 2019). Ambassador Ross was interviewed Feb. 20, 2020 by Professor Dov Waxman, Director of the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies.
About the Guest
Ambassador Dennis 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. For more than twelve years, he 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 several presidential 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 intensively worked to bring Israel and Syria together. His experience in government dates back to the Reagan administration, when he served on the National Security Council staff and as deputy director of the Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment. He is also a Distinguished Fellow (non-resident) at the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies. A 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.
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