Commonwealth National Podcast

Dennis Ross, Distinguished Fellow and Counselor, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Former Special Middle East Coordinator, U.S. Department of State; Author, Statecraft (6/27/2007)

Duration: 
1:06:44

SPEAKER: Dennis Ross, Distinguished Fellow and Counselor, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Former Special Middle East Coordinator, U.S. Department of State; Author, Statecraft


TITLE: How to Restore America’s Standing in the World

Almost six years after 9/11 rallied international support, is U.S. foreign policy in shambles? The Middle East envoy for both George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton Dennis Ross will argue that the Bush administration has abandoned the tools of what he calls “classical statecraft – the principles of Pluto, Machiavelli, Bismarck and Kissinger” – which he believes are the only hope for a realistic foreign policy. Using Iraq and the Middle East as examples of where the Bush administration has failed, Ross will explain that the only way our interests can be served in the future is to use peaceful negotiation - especially to check the rise of China and thwart possible dangers in Iran.


The FOX TV News foreign affairs analyst is also currently Counselor and Ziegler Distinguished Fellow of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and chairman of the new Jewish People Policy Planning Institute, based in Jerusalem. A diplomat and scholar with more than two decades of experience in Soviet and Middle Eastern policy, Ross is also a frequent commentator to The Washington Post, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. Ross’s new book The Missing Peace tells the inside story of peace negotiations and reveals the lessons he has learned in his work with Middle Eastern leaders.
 

This program was recorded live on June 27, 2007