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How Ambassador Dennis Ross helped shape Kurdistan’s modern prosperity

Last week, the online magazine Macropolis penned an economic overview of modern Kurdistan.

Since the Gulf War, the Kurdistan Regional Government territories in northern Iraq have been semi-autonomous. What was once a wasteland ravaged by chemical weapons is now a thriving hub of commerce and culture – and Ambassador Dennis Ross played a pivotal role in helping the Kurdish people attain their contemporary prosperity.  

According to Macropolis, after the Gulf War concluded, Dennis Ross aggressively lobbied Secretary of State James Baker to visit the Northernmost provences of Iraq, which are now the de-facto state of Kurdistan. Until the moment he landed, Baker had been arguing with Ross that the United States needed to keep Iraq from splitting apart above all other concerns. Ross felt that America had a moral obligation to help the people who had been encouraged to rebel.

The visit to Kurdistan – via helicopter – changed all that, and on the plane journey back to the US, Baker called President Bush and told him the U.S. policy needed to change. “The American generals, who had been celebrating the end of their nice neat war, got a call from Washington telling them to prepare to airlift food within thirty-six hours and establish a no-fly zone above the area with immediate effect.”

You can read the piece in full here.

To find out more about Dennis Ross, or to book him as a geopolitical speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@chartwellspeakers.com or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

Syria’s death toll passes 60,000; Dennis Ross weighs in

Dennis Ross speakerLast week, the UN issued a statement asserting that the civil war in Syria, now entering its third year, has claimed the lives of more than 60,000 people. For us in the West spectating on the sidelines, the conflict can be confusing – as we watch it unfold and progress in five minute gobbets on the evening news, a sense of context is missing, and questions of where it will end and what will happen next remain unanswered by the six o’clock bulletins.

Almost no one has a better grasp of the situation than Dennis Ross, one of our exclusive speakers, and an internationally respected authority on the Middle East region. In an interview with The Economist in January last year, Ross predicted that Assad would not abdicate, peaceful opposition would transform into violence, Russia would continue to support Syria from a distance, and that the conflict was far from over. Now, almost a year later, Ross has been vindicated on every point.

Another question that has been asked frequently, since the UN placed Syria’s death toll at 60,000 and rising, is why the West hasn’t intervened in Syria as it did in Libya. In the clip below, Dennis tackles this policy quandary – and despite being recorded in late September of last year, his insight is still very much relevant.

To find out more about Dennis Ross, or to book him as a geopolitical speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@chartwellspeakers.com or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

Brilliant feedback for Ambassador Dennis Ross

We’ve had brilliant feedback on former US Middle East Envoy Dennis Ross who was over in London for a client’s conference recently. He covered a whole range of issues from the current stresses in the Middle East to the geopolitical and economic risks going on around the world. An impressive man with some fascinating insights!

To find out more about Dennis Ross, or to book him as a geopolitical speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@chartwellspeakers.com or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

Dennis Ross: “It’s time to call Iran’s bluff”

It was an absolute delight to meet US diplomat and foreign affairs adviser, Dennis Ross, when he was in town last week. Having advised the Obama, Clinton and George H. W. Bush administrations, with particular experience in the Middle East, he is someone worth listening to.

Ahead of the next round of nuclear negotiations with Iran, taking place in Moscow today, Dennis has written a piece in the New Republic setting out what the West must do to stop the process from stalling. He argues that Iran should be offered a civil nuclear power capability in order to move the process forward, as the current strategy of playing for time isn’t working.

To find out more about Dennis Ross, or to book him as a geopolitical speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@chartwellspeakers.com or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

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