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Former U.S. Ambassador To Speak At Bush School

Dennis Ross will discuss what can be learned from Israel's leaders at the lecture hosted by the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs.
By Lauren Zajicek, Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs February 5, 2020

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Ambassador Dennis Ross will speak at Texas A&M University on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs

Ambassador Dennis Ross will deliver a lecture on the Texas A&M University campus at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12.

The talk will be on Ross’ recent book he coauthored 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. It also explores whether the lessons from those decisions can provide a guide to dealing with the fateful choice that Israel’s leaders must soon confront, or by default become a binational state.

The event, hosted by the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, is free and open to the public. Registration is recommended by Feb. 10. Ross will deliver the talk in the Hagler Auditorium at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center

Ross is a counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. For more than 12 years, he 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 Clinton administrations. He served two years as special assistant to President Barack Obama and as National Security Council senior director for the Central Region, and spent a year as special advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Prior to his service as special Middle East coordinator under President Bill Clinton, Ross served as director of the State Department’s policy planning staff during the first Bush administration. He played a prominent role in U.S. policy toward the former Soviet Union, the reunification 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 as deputy director of the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment.

Ross also 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.

Media contact: Lauren Zajicek, 979-845-6510,

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