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April 24, 2007

Former Ambassador to the Middle East to lecture at Birmingham-Southern College

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Ambassador Dennis Ross, the current counselor and Ziegler Distinguished Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and former U.S. Ambassador to the Middle East, will speak on the campus of Birmingham-Southern College May 2 in Munger Hall Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

Ross, a highly skilled diplomat, was U.S. point man for the peace process in both the George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations. He was instrumental in assisting Israelis and Palestinians to reach the 1995 Interim Agreement, successfully brokered the 1997 Hebron Accord, facilitated the 1994 Israel-Jordan peace treaty, and intensively worked to bring Israel and Syria together.

A scholar and diplomat with more than two decades of experience in Soviet and Middle East policy, Ross worked closely with Secretaries of State James Baker, Warren Christopher, and Madeleine Albright. Prior to his service as special Middle East coordinator under Clinton, Ross served as director of the State Department's Policy Planning staff in the first Bush administration. During the Reagan administration, he served as 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.

Ross was awarded the Presidential Medal for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service by Clinton, and Baker and Albright presented him with the State Department's highest award.

The May 2 lecture, sponsored by the Birmingham Jewish Federation, is open to the public, free of charge.

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