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Former Middle East envoy Ross to discuss region

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, 7:30 p.m. Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

Dennis Ross, a former special Middle East envoy under President Bill Clinton, will discuss the region in a lecture scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. The talk is titled "Whither the Middle East?"

For more than 12 years, in the administrations of Clinton and President George H.W. Bush, Ross played a leading role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process. Ross was instrumental in assisting Israelis and Palestinians to reach their 1995 interim agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. He also successfully brokered the 1997 Israeli-Palestinian Hebron Accord, facilitated the 1994 Israel-Jordan peace treaty and worked to bring Israel and Syria together.

Ross has more than two decades of experience in Soviet and Middle East policy, and worked closely with secretaries of state James Baker, Warren Christopher and Madeleine Albright. He is the author of "The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace" and currently serves as a consultant for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

The event is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Office of Graduate Career Services.

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