International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Ambassador Dennis Ross is counselor at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, having recently returned to the Institute after serving 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 focusing on Iran.
For more than twelve years, Ambassador 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 intensively worked to bring Israel and Syria together.
Ross is the author of several influential books on the peace process, most recently Myths, Illusions, and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East, coauthored with Institute peace process expert David Makovsky. An earlier study, The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2004), offers comprehensive analytical and personal insight into the Middle East peace process. The New York Times praised his 2007 publication, Statecraft, And How to Restore America's Standing in the World (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007), as "important and illuminating."
August 17, 2012
Op-Ed, New York Times
By Dennis Ross, International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
"Obama administration officials have made it clear that they believe there is still time and space for diplomatic efforts to succeed in stoppingfrom achieving a capability," writes Dennis Ross, a member of the Belfer Center's International Council.
September 19, 2008
By Ambassador Daniel Coats, Charles Robb, Ashton B. Carter, Former Co-Director, Preventive Defense Project, Harvard & Stanford Universities, Admiral (ret.) Gregory G. Johnson, General (ret.) Ronald Keys, Dr. Edward Morse, Steve Rademaker, Dennis Ross, International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Henry Sokolski, General (ret.) Chuck Wald and Ken Weinstein
A Task Force sponsored by the National Security Initiative, a program of the Bipartisan Policy Center, released a ground-breaking report identifying the regional and global threats posed by a nuclear weapons-capable Iran and recommending a new, robust and comprehensive strategy designed to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons capability.