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Former U.S. ambassador to Iraq discusses war's lessons

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, 4:30 p.m. Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker will present "Lessons From a Long War: Engagement in the Broader Middle East" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Crocker is a practitioner-in-residence at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, which is sponsoring the lecture. He also served as a mid-career fellow at the Wilson School in 1984-85.

Crocker holds the rank of career ambassador, the highest rank in the Foreign Service. He was the U.S. ambassador to Iraq from March 2007 to February 2009 after serving for three years as U.S. ambassador to Pakistan. In 2003, he was stationed in Baghdad as the first director of governance for the Coalition Provisional Authority.

Crocker's career has included ambassadorships to Syria (1998-2001), Kuwait (1994-1997) and Lebanon (1990-1993), and assignments in Iran, Iraq, Qatar and Egypt.

Crocker has received numerous medals and awards honoring his nearly 40 years of service, including the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service and the Presidential Meritorious Service Award.

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