Wednesday, September 18, 2019

From left to right: James Cohen, CEO of United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien; Ambassador Dennis Ross; Pam Ehrenkranz, CEO of UJA Greenwich; Bob Fishman, Executive Director of Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut. Photo by UJA Greenwich

On September 24, Ambassador Dennis Ross spoke to a sold-out crowd at Carmel Academy in Greenwich. Over 200 people gathered in the auditorium to hear him speak about the Iran nuclear deal at an event sponsored by UJA Greenwich, JCC Greenwich and the United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien.

He also discussed his latest book, Doomed to Succeed: The US-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama, a history of the sometimes-fraught, occasionally tense, but always essential relationship between the U.S. and Israel. Ross has been a direct participant in shaping U.S. policy toward the Middle East for nearly 30 years. In the book, he describes every administration from Truman to Obama, throwing into dramatic relief each president’s attitudes toward Israel and the region and the often tumultuous debates between key advisers.

Ambassador 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 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, Ambassador Ross played a leading role in shaping US involvement in the Middle East peace process and dealing directly with the parties in negotiations. A highly skilled diplomat, Ambassador Ross was US 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. For his full biography visit, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/experts/view/ross-dennis.

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