Ambassador Ryan Crocker M.C.F. '85 to speak, Sept. 30
Audience:Open to the Public
Ambassador Ryan Crocker M.C.F. '85, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and a Practitioner-in-Residence at the Woodrow Wilson School, will present a public talk titled, "Lessons from a Long War: Engagement in the Broader Middle East" at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall on the Princeton University campus. He will be introduced by Ambassador Barbara Bodine, a Woodrow Wilson School Diplomat-in-Residence and former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen.
Ambassador Crocker’s career as a Foreign Service officer began in 1971. He has been the recipient of numerous presidential and State Department medals and awards, and has achieved the personal rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the Foreign Service.
He was confirmed as Ambassador to Iraq in March 2007 and served as Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad until February 2009 after serving as U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan from October 2004 to March 2007.
Crocker served as the International Affairs Advisor at the National War College in 2003 and was also stationed in Baghdad as the first Director of Governance for the Coalition Provisional Authority during that year.
From August 2001 to May 2003, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. In 2002 he was sent to Afghanistan to reopen the American Embassy in Kabul after which he received the Robert C. Frasure Memorial Award for "exceptional courage and leadership.”
Crocker was the U.S. Ambassador to Syria (1998-2001), Ambassador to Kuwait (1994-1997) and Ambassador to Lebanon (1990-1993). He has also had assignments in Iran, Qatar, Iraq and Egypt, as well as Washington, DC.
During the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982 and the bombings of the U.S. embassy and the Marine barracks in 1983 he was assigned to the American Embassy in Beirut.
On May 1, 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the establishment of the Ryan C. Crocker Award for Outstanding Achievement in Expeditionary Diplomacy. Ambassador Crocker was its first recipient. The award recognized Crocker's foreign service career of nearly four decades that covered many of the most challenging and dangerous assignments in modern U.S. diplomatic history.
Ambassador Crocker received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award in 1994, the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service in 1997 and the Presidential Meritorious Service Award in 1999 and 2003. He also holds the State Department Distinguished Honor Award, Award for Valor, three Superior Honor Awards and the American Foreign Service Association Rivkin Award.
This event is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and is free and open to the public.