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Nov. 18, 2003

Ambassador Dennis Ross To Speak At UI Nov 20

Ambassador Dennis Ross, the top U.S. negotiator in the Middle East during the past decade, will speak at the University of Iowa at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The lecture, "Middle East Peace: The Role of the United States," is open to the public. Admission is free.

For more than 12 years, Ross played the leading role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process and in dealing directly with the negotiations. A highly skilled diplomat, Ross was this country's point man in both the Bush and Clinton administrations for exploring all avenues and approaches to settling this age-old conflict.

As the architect of the peace process, he was instrumental in assisting the Israelis and Palestinians in reaching the 1995 Interim Agreement, and he successfully brokered the Hebron Accord in 1997. He facilitated the Israeli-Jordan peace treaty and intensively worked to bring Israel and Syria together. Ross has been credited for managing the peace process through periods of crisis and stalemate. His approach centered on making progress wherever it was possible, building new baselines of understanding and refusing to accept that failure was an option.

Currently, Ross is director and Ziegler Distinguished Fellow of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He is the first chairman of a new Jerusalem-based think tank, the Institute for Jewish People Policy Planning, funded and founded by the Jewish Agency.

Ross is a Foreign Affairs Analyst for the Fox News Channel in addition to being a frequent commentator in The Washington Post, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.

The lecture is being sponsored by the College of Law's Richard S. Levitt Lectureship Fund, Hawkeyes for Israel, University of Iowa Hillel, University of Iowa Greek Community and University of Iowa Student Government.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Hawkeyes for Israel at 319-338-0778.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010,; Program: Avi Stramer, president of Hawkeyes for Israel, 319-631-4180,; N. William Hines, dean of the College of Law, 319-335-9034,; Gerald Sorokin, director of Hillel, 319-338-0778,