Amb. Dennis Ross is counselor and the William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He is also a Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He was the director of policy planning in the State Department under George H. W. Bush, was Bill Clinton’s Middle East peace envoy, and a served as special assistant to President Barack Obama.
“The author provides a largely dispassionate history of American policy toward Israel, from President Harry Truman, who was present at Israel’s birth as a nation-state, to the seemingly contentious relationship the Obama administration has cultivated with Benjamin Netanyahu’s Israel. Yet Ross sees more continuity than disjunction in the relationship between the two countries, especially after presidents Truman and Eisenhower struggled to find a way to reconcile Israel’s place in both Middle Eastern and Cold War politics. For the author, when foreign policy has shifted slightly away from its most Israel-friendly moorings, the purpose has been a concern for relations with the rest of the region. Ross sees this approach as being both shortsighted and ineffective. Yet he also points out that Obama is hardly as hostile to Israeli interests as some have painted him, even while the tensions between the two countries seem to have heightened. Throughout this illuminating book, the author writes clearly and elucidates the complexities of not only the U.S.-Israel relationship, but of the larger Middle Eastern picture. He comes neither to bury nor praise the administrations in which he has worked or those in which he did not; as a consequence, readers will benefit from a front-row vantage point without encountering a myopic perspective. Ross provides a learned, wise template for understanding the long-term relationship between two countries tethered to one another out of shared self-interest and geopolitical necessity and yet with sometimes-conflicting senses of the way forward.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
This event will take place on April 6th, 2016 at 7pm in the new Environment and Natural Resources 2 building (ENR2), located at 1064 E. Lowell St. Parking is conveniently located in the Sixth Street Garage (1201 E 6th St, Tucson, AZ 85719, United States), immediately next door to ENR2, and accessed from Sixth St. This event is free and open to the public.