Ryan Crocker, “Lessons From a Long War: the U.S., the Middle East, and Af-Pak”

Posted on March 30th, 2013 in Events

May 29, 2013, Encina Hall Central, Bechtel Conference Center (616 Serra Street, map & directions)

5:30 pm- 6:30 pm: Reception
6:30 pm- 8:00 pm: Public Lecture

Ryan Crocker (Former U.S. Ambassador; 2012-13 Kissinger Senior Fellow, Yale University)
“Lessons From a Long War: the U.S., the Middle East, and Af-Pak”

Please click here to RSVP.  The event is free and open to the public.

Ryan Crocker is former U.S. Ambassador and the 2012-2013 Kissinger Senior Fellow at Yale University. He also holds an appointment as the James Schlesinger Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia. In August 2013, he will return to his position as Dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.

He retired from the Foreign Service in April 2009 after a career of over 37 years, but was recalled to active duty by President Obama to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan in 2011. He has served as U.S. Ambassador six times: Afghanistan (2011-2012), Iraq (2007-2009), Pakistan (2004-2007), Syria (1998-2001), Kuwait (1994-1997), and Lebanon (1990-1993). He has also served as the International Affairs Advisor at the National War College, where he joined the faculty in 2003. From May to August 2003, he was in Baghdad as the first Director of Governance for the Coalition Provisional Authority and was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs from August 2001 to May 2003. Since joining the Foreign Service in 1971, he also has had assignments in Iran, Qatar, Iraq and Egypt, as well as Washington. He was assigned to the American Embassy in Beirut during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982 and the bombings of the embassy and the Marine barracks in 1983.

Ambassador Crocker received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, in 2009. His other awards include the Presidential Distinguished and Meritorious Service Awards, the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award (2008 and 2012), the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service (1997 and 2008) and for Distinguished Public Service (2012), the Award for Valor and the American Foreign Service Association Rivkin Award for creative dissent. Also in 2012, he was named an Honorary Marine, the 75th civilian so honored in the 237 year history of the Corps. He received the National Clandestine Service’s Donovan Award in 2009 and the Director of Central Intelligence’s Director’s Award in 2012. In May 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the establishment of the Ryan C. Crocker Award for Outstanding Achievement in Expeditionary Diplomacy. In September 2004, President Bush conferred on him the personal rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the Foreign Service. In January 2002, he was sent to Afghanistan to reopen the American Embassy in Kabul. He subsequently received the Robert C. Frasure Memorial Award for “exceptional courage and leadership” in Afghanistan.

He received a B.A. in English in 1971 and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 2001 from Whitman College (Washington). He also holds an honorary Doctor of National Security Affairs from the National Defense University (2010) and honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Gonzaga University (2009) and Seton Hall University (2012). He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Diplomacy, and the Association of American Ambassadors.

The event is co-sponsored by the Sohaib& Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, CISAC, CREEES, Center for South Asia, Stanford Humanities Center, and the Stanford Initiative for Religious and Ethnic Understanding and Coexistence, supported by the President’s Fund, CCSRE, Religious Studies, and the Taube Center for Jewish Studies.

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