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Martin Forums | 2021-2022

As part of the 2021-22 Martin Forums, The Martin Institute presents: "The Meaning of Afghanistan" featuring Ryan C. Crocker, Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq. (September 21, 2021) and “The Role of the Navy in International Affairs: Economics, Politics and Security,” featuring Commander Nicholas Meyers, Commanding Officer of USS IDAHO. (October 8, 2021)

Commander Nicholas Meyers will deliver his free, public address at 12:30 p.m. Friday, October 8, 2021, in the College of Education Building, room 141. 

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Martin Forum speakers deliver a public lecture, visit classes when possible, and meet with campus and community audiences in informal settings. These have covered a wide range of issues over the years, including war and peace, human rights, resources and development, and socioeconomics.

Commander Nicholas Meyers, Commanding Officer of USS IDAHO, will deliver a free, public address titled “The Role of the Navy in International Affairs: Economics, Politics and Security,” at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, in the College of Education Building, room 141.

The event will also be available via webinar; check back here as we get closer to the date.

CDR Meyers earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Virginia Tech. He also studied at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management and earned a Masters in Business Administration from Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

During an initial sea tour aboard USS COLUMBIA (SSN 771), homeported in Pearl Harbor, he completed a Western Pacific Deployment and the crew earned the Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy for most improved Pacific Fleet unit. Later, as Navigator and Operations Officer aboard USS ALASKA (SSBN 732), CDR Meyers completed four deterrent patrols as the ship twice-earned the Omaha Trophy for best performing strategic asset.

Ashore, Nicholas was a 2014 Legislative Fellow assigned to the personal staff of Congressman Jim Langevin (RI-2), and also Flag Lieutenant and aide to Vice Admiral William Hilarides, then-commander of Naval Sea Systems Command. Returning to Pearl Harbor in 2016, CDR Meyers was Executive Officer of USS GREENEVILLE (SSN 772) before returning to his home in Vienna, Virginia, to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N97), Undersea Warfare Division.

CDR Meyers and his wife reside in East Lyme, Connecticut with their two children.

(Biography credit:

Ryan C. Crocker was a career Foreign Service Officer who served six times as an American Ambassador: Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait and Lebanon. He is currently a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 

Crocker serves on the Board of Advisors of No One Left Behind, an NGO dedicated to ensuring that America keeps its promises to Afghans and Iraqis who risked their lives to support us.

Crocker received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in 2009. Other recent awards include the West Point Association of Graduates Thayer Award in 2020 and the inaugural Bancroft Award, presented by the Naval Academy in 2016. He was also named an Honorary Fellow of the Literary and Historical Society at University College in Dublin in 2016 and presented the annual James Joyce Award. Crocker is an Honorary Marine.

Other academic appointments have included:

  • Diplomat in Residence at Princeton University
  • Inaugural Kissinger Fellow at Yale University
  • The James Schlesinger Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia
  • Dean of the Bush School of Government at Texas A&M

Martin Forum The Meaning of Afghanistan

September 21 2021

Commander Nicholas Meyers
Commander Nicholas Meyers
Former Ambassador Crocker
Former Ambassador Ryan Crocker

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