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.