The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Director's Lunch with Ambassador Dennis B. Ross.

To attend, you must submit the RSVP form here http://belfercenter.org/events/ross.htmland receive a positive confirmation email response.

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 for 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.  He will be discussing his most recent book, Doomed to Succeed:  The U.S.-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama.

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.

A 1970 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.  He received UCLA's highest medal and has been named UCLA alumnus of the year.  He has also received honorary doctorates from Brandeis, Amherst, Jewish Theological Seminary, and Syracuse University.

Since leaving government at the end of 2011, he has authored many op-eds in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal.  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, co-authored with Institute peace process expert David Makovsky.  An earlier study, The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace (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 (2007), as "important and illuminating."  His most recent book is Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama (2015).  He is currently a member of the Belfer Center’s International Council at the Harvard Kennedy School.