March 02, 2006

Ambassador Dennis Ross to discuss Israeli-Palestinian peace process in lecture at Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Ross will speak as first annual distinguished visitor sponsored by CISCDR, Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Conflict and Dispute Resolution

With the future of Israeli-Palestinian relations in doubt following the recent victory of Hamas in Palestinian parliamentary elections, few people can better assess the chances for peace in the region than Ambassador Dennis B. Ross. As special Middle East coordinator under President Clinton and a top State Department official under the first President Bush, Ross was intimately involved with negotiations between the two sides for more than 12 years.

Ross will talk about his experiences in Middle East negotiations in a lecture at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. The lecture, "The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process and What it Tells Us About Negotiations," will take place Tuesday, March 21 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in room A59 of the law school, 11075 East Blvd. It is free and open to the public and one hour of free CLE credit is available for lawyers who attend. It will be webcast live on the Internet. Viewing information is available at

Ross's talk is sponsored by CISCDR ("sisder"), Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Conflict and Dispute Resolution, and is part of CISCDR's annual Distinguished Visitor Lecture series. It will be followed by a reception at the law school.

"There are few diplomats in the world today with the negotiating experience of Ambassador Ross," said Gerald Korngold, dean and McCurdy Professor of Law. "We are honored to host him, and look forward to his sharing the insights he has gained from his role in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process."

A scholar and diplomat with more than two decades of experience in Middle East policy, Ross currently is a Counselor and Ziegler Distinguished Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He played a leading role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East through much of the 1990's, often dealing directly with the parties in negotiations. He was instrumental in helping Israelis and Palestinians reach the 1995 Interim Agreement, and brokered the 1997 Hebron Accord. He also facilitated the 1994 peace treaty between Israel and Jordan.

Prior to his service as special Middle East coordinator, Ross was director of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff in the first Bush Administration. In that capacity he played a prominent role in formulating U.S. policy towards the former Soviet Union, the reunification of Germany and its entry into NATO, arms control negotiations, and the 1991 Gulf War coalition. He is author of three books including most recently, The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace.

CISCDR was founded in 2005 with the mission of bringing greater alternative dispute resolution (ADR) sensitivity and skill development to Case School of Law students to prepare them for the multiple roles that they will perform as lawyers in a global economy.

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Posted by: Heidi Cool, March 2, 2006 04:13 PM | News Topics: Public Policy/Politics

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