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Ross offers view of Middle East's future, Feb. 23

Dennis Ross, a former U.S. envoy to the Middle East who played a key role in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, will discuss the region's future in a lecture scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Ross, now a counselor at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, served as special Middle East coordinator under President Clinton and director of the U.S. State Department's policy planning staff in the first Bush administration.

His lecture, titled "What's Next in the Middle East," is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

For more than 12 years, Ross helped shape U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process and dealt directly with the parties in negotiations. He was instrumental in assisting Israelis and Palestinians to reach their 1995 interim peace agreement and brokered their 1997 Hebron peace accord. Ross also facilitated the Israel-Jordan peace treaty in 1994.

Ross, who received the Presidential Medal for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service from Clinton, detailed his experiences in the 2004 book "The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace." 

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