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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host a conversation with former U.S. Special Middle East Coordinator and Ambassador (Ret.) Dennis Ross


The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) will host former U.S. Special Middle East Coordinator and Ambassador Dennis Ross as a part of the school’s David H. Bernstein Forum on September 26. This event will feature a discussion on Ross’ latest book, “Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel’s Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny.”  The book, co-written with David Mokovsky, Johns Hopkins SAIS adjunct lecturer of Middle East studies, celebrates the defining generation of leaders who took on the task of safeguarding the country's future.
Eliot A. Cohen, dean of Johns Hopkins SAIS, will moderate the discussion with Ross which will touch on the book’s key figures and address the following: 

  • Domestic and global impact of Israel’s recent election.
  • Future of Trump Administration’s peace plan for Israel
  • Israel’s relationship with Congress

Ambassador Dennis Ross
Counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Time and Date
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Johns Hopkins SAIS
Kenney Herter Auditorium      
1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press can request to cover the event by selecting "Media" on the online registration form. Final media access will be confirmed at least one day prior to the event. Pre-authorized camera setup will only be permitted from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Please note: Ambassador Ross will not be available for interviews.
Media Contact
Jason Lucas
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Johns Hopkins SAIS
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About the Speaker
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 former 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 a decade, Ambassador 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, Ambassador Ross 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. With more than two decades of experience in Soviet and Middle East policy, Ambassador Ross worked closely with Secretaries of State James Baker, Warren Christopher, and Madeleine Albright. Prior to his service as special Middle East coordinator under President Clinton, Ambassador Ross served as director of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff in the first Bush administration. In that capacity, he played a prominent role in 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. During the Reagan administration, he served as director of Near East and South Asian affairs on the National Security Council staff and deputy director of the Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment.
About the David H. Bernstein Forum
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) launched the David H. Bernstein Forum in 2017 to recognize the businessman and philanthropist’s tremendous support of the school, as well as his passion for the field of international relations. Bernstein, a trustee emeritus of Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine, currently serves on the SAIS Advisory Council. The forum will be a signature event held four times a year featuring speakers who are celebrated for their international stature and impact on the global policy stage. The David H. Bernstein Forum is fully endowed by his family and will last in perpetuity.
About Johns Hopkins SAIS
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school's interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today.
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Thursday, September 19, 2019