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Press Release for Friday, October 7, 2005

Ambassador Dennis Ross Speaks at UNF on Middle East Peace

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Ambassador Dennis Ross, U.S. Middle East envoy, will be speaking about the Middle East and prospects for peace at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the University Center on the University of North Florida campus.

For more than twelve 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’ new book, The Missing Peace - The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace was published by Farrah, Strauss, and Giroux in August 2004. It tells the inside story of efforts to negotiate peace over the last decade and outlines the key lessons to be drawn from that experience.

Currently, he 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. Among numerous awards, Ross has been awarded the Presidential Medal for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service by President Clinton.

This lecture is co-hosted by UNF and the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville’s Global Issues Forum, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to engaging the community in global issues. Council members can reserve their complimentary tickets by calling the Council’s office at (904) 280-8162 by October 18th.

Tickets for this free lecture can be ordered online at Click on the Fall 2005 Lectures link.