Former American Ambassador, Foreign Policy Expert to Speak at U of I Sept. 21
September 17, 2021
MOSCOW, Idaho — Sept. 16, 2021 — Former United States Ambassador Ryan Crocker, an expert on Afghanistan and American policy in the Middle East, will deliver a free, public address titled “The Meaning of Afghanistan” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, in the Administration Building Auditorium.
“Ambassador Crocker is among the preeminent American diplomats of the 21st century, and his insight into Afghanistan is without peer. It is an honor to welcome him back to the U of I to discuss this timely and important subject,” said Bill Smith, associate director of the Martin Institute. “We are hoping for a candid and informative discussion about current U.S. foreign policy issues based on Ambassador Crocker's extensive experience.”
Crocker is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Other academic appointments included: Diplomat in Residence, Princeton University; Inaugural Kissinger Fellow, Yale University; the James Schlesinger Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Virginia; and dean of the Bush School of Government, Texas A&M. He was a career foreign service officer who served six times as an American Ambassador — Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait and Lebanon.
Crocker serves on the board of No One Left Behind, a non-governmental organization dedicated to ensuring that America keeps its promises to Afghans and Iraqis who risked their lives to support citizens. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in 2009.
Since 1999, the Martin Institute has organized a series of lectures on international issues as part of the Martin Forum. Ideally suited to a non-partisan audience, the lectures feature experts from the University of Idaho community and beyond. Martin Forum speakers deliver a public lecture, visit classes when possible and meet with campus and community audiences in informal settings.
Erin Kimball Damman
Assistant Clinical Professor
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