“The U.S.- Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama”
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
TIME: 11:30 am – Bar opens; 12:15 pm – Lunch served;
1-2 pm – Presentation and Q & A
EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon
For more than twelve years, Ambassador Dennis Ross played a leading role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process. As the 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.
Both a diplomat and scholar with more than two decades of experience in Soviet affairs and the Middle East, Ross worked closely with Secretaries of State James Baker, Warren Christopher, and Madeleine Albright. In addition, he played a prominent role in shaping U.S. policy toward the former Soviet Union, the unification of Germany and its integration into NATO, arms control negotiations, and the 1991 Gulf War coalition.
Ambassador Ross is currently counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and teaches at Georgetown University’s Foreign Service School. He served two years as special assistant and Middle East Coordinator to President Obama and was National Security Council Senior Director for the Central Region. For a year he was a special advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
He is the author of several books on diplomacy and the Middle East. He will discuss his latest book, Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama at the luncheon.
The Program Committee is organizing a new program series, beginning with “The U.S. Role in a Changing World,” which kicked off with Derek Chollet’s September 29 presentation on President Obama’s foreign policy. The series “Social Role of the Arts” will begin January 10, 2017, with a presentation by poet and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller. We plan to present one program every month in each series, with ample notice so those interested in these topics can attend. Lunch programs planned to date in the “U.S. Role” series: Phyllis Bennis on November 17 (U.S. Role in the Syrian civil wars (see this month’s calendar for details); Ambassador Dennis Ross on December 7 (U.S.-Israel relationship); and Medea Benjamin on January 12 (Saudi Arabia and Yemen).
The book will be available for purchase and signing.
PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only. Cash Bar.