Ambassador Ryan Crocker, Dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University joined Stimson Chairman Ambassador Lincoln P. Bloomfield Jr. to share his experiences and insights into U.S. foreign policy. This informal, strategic conversation took place at the Stimson Center.
WHAT: Amb. Ryan C. Crocker joins Amb. Lincoln P. Bloomfield Jr. to discuss U.S. foreign policy. The conversation is on the record.
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Amb. Ryan C. Crocker, Dean and Executive Professor at the George Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University
Ryan C. Crocker 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.
Amb. Lincoln P. Bloomfield Jr., Chairman of the Board of Directors, the Stimson Center
Ambassador Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr. is Founder and President of Palmer Coates; Senior Adviser at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld; Operating Partner at Pegasus Capital Advisors; Senior Adviser at ZeroBase Energy. He was U.S. Special Envoy for man-portable air defense systems threat reduction from 2008-2009 and Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs from 2001-2005. Bloomfield previously served as: Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern affairs (1992-1993); Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs (1991-1992); and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (1988-1989), among other policy positions in the Defense Department dating to 1981. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
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