Former U.S. Middle East envoy Dennis Ross has returned to The Jewish People Policy Institute, (JPPI) a Jewish think tank. The move comes two months after stepping down from his position in the Obama administration.
Ross, who has a doctorate in Soviet studies from the University of California at Los Angeles, was chairman of the think tank prior to accepting the title of U.S. Middle East envoy in 2009. Ross has served in five US administrations, both Democrat and Republican. Among other senior roles in government, he directed the State Department’s policy planning staff during the George HW Bush administration and was Bill Clinton’s Middle East envoy until January 2001.
He is set to address his colleagues in a speech on Middle East developments at the think tank's Israel offices in Jerusalem on Tuesday. (The event is closed to the public.)
The former envoy will share the position with former top diplomat, Stuart Eizenstat, who served as U.S. Ambassador to the European Union. Eizenstat also served as a deputy Treasury Secretary and a former Under Secretary at the State Department, and with Associate Chairman Leonid Nevzlin. The two men have led the think tank for the past three years.
Avinoam Bar Yosef, president of the Institute, expressed great satisfaction at Ross's return, noting the diplomat has contributed much with “his intelligence and experience.”
U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, Israeli officials and various academics will also be present at the event.