Middle East Update: Ambassador Dennis Ross, with Geoff Kemp
Ambassador Dennis Ross joins Geoff Kemp for the 2021 Middle East Update with focus on Afghanistan. This special CHQ Assembly event was originally scheduled for an in-person program during Week Nine of the 2021 summer assembly season.
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 two years as special assistant to President Barack Obama and National Security Council senior director for the Central Region, and a year as special advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. For more than 12 years, 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, he 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. Ross is the author of several influential books on the peace process, the Middle East, and international relations. His most recent book, co-written with his Washington Institute colleague David Makovsky, is Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel’s Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny.
Geoffrey Kemp, Senior Director of Regional Security Programs at the Center for the National Interest, has hosted the Middle East Update at Chautauqua Institution since 1993. He served in the White House during the first Reagan administration as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs on the National Security Council Staff. Prior to his current position, he was a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace where he was Director of the Middle East Arms Control Project. He is the author or co-author of many books and monographs on regional security, including War With Iran: Political, Military, and Economic Consequences (2013); Iran and Iraq: The Shia Connection, Soft Power, and the Nuclear Factor (2005); U.S. and Iran, The Nuclear Dilemma: Next Steps (2004); Iran’s Bomb: American and Iranian Perspectives (2004); America and Iran: Road Maps and Realism (1998); Energy Superbowl: Strategic Politics and the Persian Gulf and Caspian Basin (1997); Point of No Return: The Deadly Struggle for Middle East Peace (1997); and Strategic Geography and the Changing Middle East (1997).