Rod Adams
Dr. Robert Barylski
Bob Bunting
Jill Dougherty
Amb. Harriet Elam-Thomas
Amb. Robert Gallucci
Roya Hakakian
Dr. Bruce Hoffman
Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré
Charlayne Hunter-Gault
Carla Koppell
Dr. David Lampton
Dr. Susan MacManus
Amb. John Malott
Dr. Mohsen Milani
Amb. Richard Morningstar
Nolan Peterson
Dr. Shelley Rigger
Amb. Dennis Ross
Amb. Eric Rubin
Dr. Peter Singer
Amb. Daniel Speckhard
Dr. Jeremi Suri
Martin Walker


Amb. Dennis Ross is counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. For more than 12 years he played a leading role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process. He dealt directly with the principals and was the U.S. point man on the peace process in both the George H. W. Bush and the Bill Clinton administrations.

Amb. Ross served two years as special assistant to President Obama and National Security Council Senior Director for the Central Region, and six months as special advisor on Iran to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Previously he played a prominent role in U.S. policy towards the former Soviet Union and the unification of Germany and its integration into NATO.

Amb. Ross's most recent book, Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel's Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny, written with his colleague David Makovsky, profiles four Israeli prime ministers who made historic choices. It explores lessons from these decisions for guidance on dealing with the fateful choice that Israel's leaders must soon confront or by default become a binational state.

A graduate of UCLA, Amb. Ross has been named UCLA alumnus of the year.