ross_dAmbassador Dennis Ross, author of The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), was Chief Middle East Peace Negotiator, serving under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He has a long history of bipartisan support in Congress and is recognized as a consummate expert on Middle Eastern conflict. Charged for over a decade with educating presidents and Congressional committees on all related matters, Ross became that rare international figure respected and trusted by both the right and the left, Palestinians and Israelis alike.

In The Missing Peace, Ross offers a comprehensive look at the Middle East peace process. Four former U.S. Secretaries of State, Madeleine Albright, Warren Christopher, George Shultz, and Henry Kissinger, praise the book as a definitive, behind-the-scenes account of efforts for peace in the Middle East and the Arab-Israeli disputes. Shultz calls the book a “a classic must-read…Dennis Ross was at the heart of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations for 12 momentous and tumultuous years.”

In the book, Ross gives a candid “inside” account that details the maneuverings of both sides, and of the United States as well; the back-room dealings and late-night negotiations, how each side saw the other behind closed doors and why the Israelis and Palestinians, and their Arab neighbors, see the world the way they do.

A highly skilled diplomat and scholar, Ross was America’s point man on the peace process and was instrumental in assisting Israelis and Palestinians in reaching the 1995 Interim Agreement. He also successfully brokered the Hebron Accord in 1997, facilitated the 1994 Israel-Jordan peace treaty, and intensively worked to bring Israel and Syria together.

Prior to his service as special Middle East coordinator under President Clinton, Ross served as a director of the State Department’s Policy Planning Office in the first Bush administration. In that position, he played a prominent role in developing U.S. policy toward the former Soviet Union, the unification of Germany and its integration into NATO, arms control negotiations, and the development of the 1991 Gulf War coalition. During the Reagan administration, he served as director of Near East South Asian affairs on the National Security Council staff and as deputy director of the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment. He was awarded the Presidential Medal for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service by President Clinton, and Secretaries James Baker and Madeleine Albright presented him with the State Department’s highest award.

Jacki Lyden, award-winning foreign correspondent for National Public Radio, interviewed Ambassador Ross at Kentucky Author Forum.lyden_j