Top Obama Middle East adviser Dennis Ross steps down, returning to think tank

The Obama administration announced today that Ambassador Dennis Ross would be stepping down from the National Security Council. Ross had served as one the administration’s top advisers on Middle East affairs, with particular focus on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Ross will return to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy next month, where he spent the Bush years as WINEP’s counselor and Ziegler Distinguished Fellow

“We are thrilled to welcome Dennis Ross back to the Washington Institute,” said Institute chairman Howard P. Berkowitz and president Martin J. Gross. “Given his unparalleled experience, we are proud to provide him a platform to contribute to the vital public debate on the direction and content of U.S. policy toward the Middle East.”

Ross will continue to work on Israeli-Palestinian issues, U.S.-Israel relations and U.S. policy toward Iran, according to WINEP.

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He blogs and hosts a podcast at and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.


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