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Dennis Ross

Ambassador Dennis Ross is counselor at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. From 2009 through 2011, he was was a special assistant to President Obama and senior director of the Central Region on the National Security Council staff.

INSIGHT: Is Syria Finished?

What was supposed to be the Syrian phase of the so-called “Arab Spring” has evolved into one of the greatest tragedies of the 21st century. The once-peaceful opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s deeply entrenched and powerful Ba’ath Party regime has escalated into armed resistance and, finally, a brutal civil war – one that has More »

INSIGHT: Democracy in Egypt Needs More Than an Election

The term “Arab Spring” was always a misnomer. There was never going to be a rapid transformation from authoritarian rule to democracy in Middle Eastern countries. Genuine democracy requires not just elections, it requires a political culture of tolerance and respect for minority rights, institutions that provide for the rule of law, a readiness More »

INSIGHT: Iran and the Next US President

Regardless of who is elected on November 6, Iran’s nuclear program is going to be one of the most important challenges the next U.S. president is going to have to confront. Unless Iran’s leaders shift course and suddenly decide to suspend their ongoing enrichment of uranium, the continuing progress of the Iranian nuclear program More »