Expert to speak on Instability and Transformation of the Middle East

Dennis Ross

Dennis Ross, one of the nation’s foremost experts on the Middle East, is scheduled to speak at UWM on July 10 at 7 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall, 2400 E. Kenwood Blvd.

Ross, who is currently a counselor at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, has served in several presidential administrations from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama. The topic of his talk is “Instability and Transformation of the Middle East: Threats and Challenges 2013.”

Ross was special assistant to President Obama for two years, special adviser on Iran to then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and National Security Council senior director for the Central Region.

He served both the George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations and 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 worked to bring Israel and Syria together.

Ross has published extensively on the former Soviet Union, arms control and the greater Middle East. His most recent book, with co-author David Makovsky of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, is “Myths, Illusions, and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East.”