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November 11, 2011

United States
The Departure of Dennis Ross

The announcement that Dennis Ross is leaving his post creates a serious problem for the Obama administration. Ross has spent decades working on the "peace process" and knew almost every influential …

July 19, 2007

Middle East and North Africa
Ross: Without Proper Planning, Bush’s Mideast Peace Conference Won’t Succeed

Dennis Ross, the former U.S. Mideast peace envoy who is now Counselor and Ziegler Distinguished Fellow at the Washington Institute for  Near Eastern Policy, warns that President Bush’s call for a con…

August 9, 2006

Israel
Ross: Israeli Escalation of War Might Hasten UN Action

Dennis B. Ross, former chief Middle East negotiator for Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, says the Israeli Cabinet’s decision to authorize a widening ground offensive in Lebanon might has…

October 21, 2003

Palestinian Territories
Ross: Prospects for Israeli-Palestinian Peace Bleak, Arafat to Blame for Much of the Problem

Dennis Ross, whose 12 years as the point man for Middle East negotiations spanned the first Bush administration and both Clinton administrations, describes “the reality on the ground between Israelis…

February 15, 2006

Elections and Voting
Ross: United States Must Focus on Getting Hamas to ‘Transform Itself’ and Accept Israel’s Right to Exist

Dennis B. Ross, who was the chief U.S. Middle East peace negotiator in the administrations of George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, says it is crucial for the United States "to maintain a strong consens…

August 17, 2005

Israel
Ross: The United States Should be More Involved in Follow-up to Israeli Withdrawal from Gaza

With the Israelis beginning their pullout from Gaza, Dennis Ross, the top U.S. diplomat in Israeli-Palestinian affairs in the George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations and currently Ziegler d…

January 8, 2020

United States
Jill Lepore's “These Truths: A History of the United States” Wins 2019 CFR Arthur Ross Book Award

January 8, 2020—Jill Lepore has won the eighteenth annual Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Arthur Ross Book Award for These Truths: A History of the United States (W.W. Norton & Company), a one-vol…

March 6, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
Ukraine’s Crisis and the Middle East

A decisive U.S. response to Russian provocation in Ukraine could create new opportunities for the United States to make headway on a number of fronts in the Middle East, says expert Dennis Ross.

December 21, 2011

Syria
Why Syria’s Regime Is Doomed

The increasing resort to violence signals the likely fall of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad and could trigger shifts in the regional balance of power away from Iran, says former senior U.S. Mideast adviser …

February 20, 2020

Sub-Saharan Africa
Secretary of State Pompeo Completes Trip to Africa

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently completed his first trip to Africa in his current role in the Trump administration. Over three days, he visited Dakar in Senegal, Luanda in Angola, and Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, where he also visited the head of the African Union. During the trip, Secretary Pompeo advocated for a stronger U.S.-Africa relationship amidst China’s growing role on the continent. 

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a dark suit with a red tie, walks with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, in a navy suit with a red tie, walks down white marble stairs with a red carpet at the Prime Minister office after a meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. They are followed by two men in suits, and flanked by two armed Ethiopian guards in red berets and military fatigues.