Geoffrey Kemp is Senior
Director of Regional Security Programs at the Center for the National
Interest. He served in the White House during the first Reagan
administration as Special Assistant to the President for National
Security Affairs and Senior Director for Near East and South Asian
Affairs on the National Security Council Staff.
Prior to his current position, he was a
Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace where
he was Director of the Middle East Arms Control Project. In the 1970s
he worked in the Defense Department in the Policy Planning and Program
Analysis and Evaluation Offices and made major contributions to studies
on U.S. security policy and options for South West Asia. From 1970 to
1980, he was a tenured member of the faculty of the Fletcher School of
Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
He is the author or co-author of many books and monographs on regional security including, most recently, War With Iran: Political, Military, and Economic Consequences. Kemp received his Ph.D. in political science at M.I.T. and his M.A. and B.A. degrees from Oxford University.
Ambassador Dennis Ross is counselor and William
Davidson Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East
Policy. Prior to returning to the Institute in 2011, 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.
For more than 12 years, Ross played a leading role in shaping U.S.
involvement in the Middle East peace process and dealing directly with
the parties in negotiations. Ross was U.S. point man on 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; he also 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 President Clinton,
Ross served as director of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff
in the first Bush administration.
Ambassador Ross has published extensively on the former Soviet Union,
arms control, and the greater Middle East. His books include Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama (2015).