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Renowned American Diplomat Dennis Ross to Speak at Widener

Ambassador Ross will appear at Widener at 12:15 p.m. April 4 in the University Center Webb Room, prior to his sold-out talk that evening at the Kimmel Center as part of the Philadelphia Speakers Series.

Widener University will welcome former Ambassador Dennis Ross, who played a leading role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process under two presidents, on Monday, April 4 at 12:15 p.m. in the University Center Webb Room. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To reserve seating, call 610-499-4112 or email

Ross will speak on the Widener campus in advance of his sold-out evening appearance as part of the Philadelphia Speakers Series presented by Widener at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.

Under Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, Ross was U.S. point man on the peace process. He facilitated the Israel-Jordan peace treaty in 1994, assisted in the 1995 Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement and negotiated the Hebron Accord in 1997. Ross was head of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff in the first Bush administration before becoming special Middle East coordinator under President Clinton.

With more than 20 years of experience, he was involved 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. Under the Reagan administration, Ross was the 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.

Recently, Ross served two years as special assistant to President Obama and National Security Council senior director for the Central Region, and a year as an advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before returning to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy in 2011 where he currently serves as counselor and the William Davidson Distinguished Fellow.

Ross published several articles and op-eds that have appeared in World Politics, Political ScienceQuarterly, Orbis, International Security, Survival, the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. He authored several influential books and co-authored with David Makovsky the book “Myths, Illusions, and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East.”

In its 12th season, the Philadelphia Speakers Series offers the opportunity to spend an evening with Pulitzer and Nobel Peace Prize winners, world leaders, statesmen, distinguished journalists, authors and other celebrated personalities. For more information about the Philadelphia Speakers Series and the lineup of speakers for the 2016-17 season, visit

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