Dennis Ross Is Moved From State Department Post to White House
By Glenn Kessler
Dennis Ross, the State Department's point man on Iran policy, will be moving to the White House with what appears to be an expanded portfolio, Obama administration officials said today.
Ross, currently special adviser for the Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia, has been involved in crafting the administration's outreach to Iran. Officials declined to provide details about his new assignment because it had not been announced yet.
But the new position appears to be more strategic in nature. Officials have suggested Iran increasingly appears to be the diplomatic equivalent of a Rubik's Cube, with the Iran question touching many aspects of foreign policy, including the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and relations with Europe, Russia, China and Persian Gulf Arabs.
Ross, who trained as a Russia specialist, managed the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in the Clinton administration.
Posted at 8:59 PM ET on Jun 15, 2009
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