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Dean Eliot A. Cohen invites you to a conversation on

Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel’s Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny


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Dennis Ross
Ambassador, Counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy


moderated by

Eliot A. Cohen
Dean


Join veteran peace process negotiator Ambassador Dennis Ross as he discusses his new book, Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel’s Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny, co-written with his Washington Institute colleague David Makovsky. At a time when the political destiny of Israel is more uncertain than at any moment since its modern founding, the book celebrates the defining generation of leaders who took on the task of safeguarding the country's future.

David Ben-Gurion, Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin, and Ariel Sharon were all present at the creation of the new nation in 1948. Over the next sixty years, each experienced moments when the country's existence was directly imperiled. In those moments, Israel needed extraordinary acts of leadership and strategic judgment to secure its future, and these leaders rose to the occasion. The strength they showed allowed them to prevail. Today, Israel may be on the verge of sacrificing the essential character that its greatest citizens fought to secure. The book tells the story of that epic struggle.




Ambassador Dennis Ross

For more than twelve years, Ambassador Ross played a leading role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process, dealing directly with the parties as the U.S. point man on the peace process in both the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations. He served two years as special assistant to President Obama and National Security Council senior director for the Central Region, and a year as special advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.


Prior to his service as special Middle East coordinator under President Clinton, Amb. Ross served as director of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff in the first Bush administration. He played a prominent role in U.S. policy towards the former Soviet Union, the unification of Germany and its integration into NATO, arms control negotiations, and the 1991 Gulf War coalition. 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.


A graduate of UCLA, Ambassador Ross wrote his doctoral dissertation on Soviet decision-making, and served as executive director of the Berkeley-Stanford program on Soviet International Behavior. He received UCLA’s highest medal and has been named UCLA alumnus of the year. Ross is the author of several influential books on the peace process, most recently Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama (2015). His new book, Be Strong and of Good Courage, written with his colleague David Makovsky, will be published in September this year. It provides profiles of four Israeli prime ministers who made historic choices and explores the lessons from those decisions to see if they can provide a guide to dealing with the fateful choice that Israel’s leaders must soon confront or by default become a binational state.



The David H. Bernstein Forum

In tribute to his tremendous support of Johns Hopkins SAIS and his passion for the field of international relations, SAIS is launching the David H. Bernstein Endowed Forum. This Forum has been fully endowed by his family and will last in perpetuity. The Bernstein Forum will be a signature event held four times a year featuring speakers recruited for their international stature and impact on the global policy stage.


This event is open to the public and on the record.

For disability accommodations, please contact saisevents@jhu.edu or 202-999-3332 at least one week prior to the event.

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