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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 …

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…

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…

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…

April 15, 2018

Syria
Legal Questions Loom Over Syria Strikes

In striking Syria without an international law justification, the United States leaves itself open to criticism and may invite similar behavior by other countries.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley and UK Ambassador Karen Pierce vote against a Russian resolution condemning “aggression” against Syria during an emergency UN Security Council meeting.

April 13, 2018

Syrian Civil War
What Are U.S. Military Options in Syria?

Military threats to deter chemical attacks have so far failed to restrain the Syrian regime, and they risk escalating the horrific conflict even further.

A girl evacuated from the Damascus suburb of Douma arrives in northern Syria.

March 27, 2018

Russia
What’s Next for Russia’s Relations With the West?

The expulsion of Russian diplomats by more than twenty governments is a remarkable show of unity and a deepening of Moscow’s rift with the West.

Russian flag flies over Seattle consulate.