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Inaugural Linda Cotter Speaker Event

Ambassador Dennis Ross

Topic: What is the Biden administration facing in the Middle East? Will there be a deal with Iran? Can the next blow-up between Israel and Hamas in Gaza be prevented? Are there any positive developments in a region that seems to know only conflict?

Ambassador Dennis Ross will discuss these and other issues.

The Mid-Maine Global forum is pleased to host Ambassador Dennis Ross as the speaker for our inaugural Linda Cotter Lecture. Ambassador Ross is a leading expert on the Middle East, former Middle East peace envoy, former senior U.S. diplomat, and currently counselor and distinguished fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. The Mid-Maine Global Forum is thrilled to be able to host our distinguished guest this summer.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is necessary to follow Colby College protocols. This will be a fully vaccinated event. Registration will be handled by SchoolDoc.com (CampDoc), a leading electronic health record system that is HIPPA approved. Registrants will upload their vaccination card, indicate their meal choice, and make their payment all through this web service.

Please join us as Ambassador Ross shares his perceptions on the current situation in the Middle East.

Wednesday, August 11

Place: Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center, Colby College (See campus map at http://www.colby.edu) Park at rear of building.

Time: 6:15 Reception and Cash Bar

7:00 Dinner followed by Keynote Address and Q & A

Choice of Entree:

Grilled Vegetable Milhojas:

grilled summer vegetable with a chiffonade of fresh basil and olive and balsamic drizzle (vegan, made without gluten-containing ingredients) or,/center>

Roasted Frenched Chicken:

free range frenched roasted chicken breast served with blistered green beans garnished with fried shallots, and a red lentil ratatouille pilaf (made without gluten-containing ingredients)


Grilled Salmon:

grilled wild salmon with tamari sesame ginger glaze, pan-roasted bok choy, and lemongrass scented rice (made without gluten-containing ingredients)

Wine will be served with dinner.

Price: $45 per person

As seating is limited, please RSVP as soon as possible and before the deadline of August 1st to:

If the link does not work, go to the ABOUT tab on the GF website to see the link and copy and paste it into your browser.

School doc

You will create an account, find instructions to register for the event, make your credit card payment, indicate who you would like to sit with, choose your dinner, and upload your vaccination card. If you need assistance, the SchoolDoc (CampDoc) Support Team can be reached Monday – Friday from 8am-5pm at 734-619-8300

We look forward to seeing you in person, honoring MMGF Founder Linda Cotter together, and gaining insight on the Middle East from our esteemed speaker, Ambassador Dennis Ross. Thank you so much!

The Mid-Maine Global Forum Board: Steve Ball (President), Mary Benziger, Margy BurnsKnight (Vice-President), David Greenham, Michael Griffin (Treasurer), Sylvia Jadczak, Steve Knight (Secretary), Bill Lee, David Richards, Joan Sanzenbacher, Crystal Shamas-Douglas, Jerry Tipper

Here is some more information about Ambassador Ross

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 twelve years, Ambassador Ross played a leading role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process and dealing directly with the parties in negotiations. A highly skilled diplomat, Ambassador 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, Ambassador 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, Ambassador Ross served as director of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff in the first Bush administration. In that capacity, he played a prominent role in U.S. policy toward 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. Ambassador Ross was awarded the Presidential Medal for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service by President Clinton, and Secretaries Baker and Albright presented him with the State Department’s highest award.

A 1970 graduate of UCLA, Ambassador Ross wrote his doctoral dissertation on Soviet decision making, and from 1984 to 1986 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. He has also received honorary doctorates from Brandeis, Amherst, Jewish Theological Seminary, and Syracuse University. Ambassador Ross was named a 2016-2017 senior fellow by Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.

Ambassador Ross has published extensively on the former Soviet Union, arms control, and the greater Middle East, contributing numerous chapters to anthologies. In the 1970s and 1980s, his articles appeared in World Politics, Political Science Quarterly, Orbis, International Security, Survival, and Journal of Strategic Studies. Since leaving government at the end of 2011, he has authored many op-eds in the New York TimesWashington Post, and other papers and magazines. In addition, he writes monthly columns for US News and World Report, and the New York Daily News. In addition, he writes monthly columns for the Middle Eastern newspaper Asharq al-awsat.