Prospects for Peace in Syria: Can the New Administration Help?


Thursday, February 23, 2017, 4:00pm to 6:00pm


CGIS Knafel 262, 1737 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA

The WCFIA/CMES Middle East Seminar presents

Ambassador Robert S. FordRobert S. Ford
Senior fellow, Middle East Institute; Fellow, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University; United States Ambassador to Syria, 2010-2014; United States Ambassador to Algeria, 2006-2008.

Robert Stephen Ford is currently a Senior Fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC where he writes about developments in the Levant and North Africa. In 2014, Ambassador Ford retired from the U.S. Foreign Service after serving as the U.S. Ambassador to Syria from 2010 to 2014. In this role Mr. Ford was the State Department lead on Syria, proposing and implementing policy and developing common strategies with European and Middle Eastern allies to try to resolve the Syria conflict. Prior to this, Mr. Ford was the Deputy U.S. Ambassador to Iraq from 2008 to 2010, and also served from 2006 until 2008 as the U.S. Ambassador to Algeria, where he boosted bilateral education and rule of law cooperation. Ford served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Bahrain from 2001 until 2004, and Political Counselor to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad from 2004 until 2006 during the tumultuous establishment of the new, permanent Iraqi government. In 2014 he received the Secretary’s Service Award, the U.S. State Department’s highest honor. He received his B.A. in international studies at Johns Hopkins University, his M.A. in Middle East studies and economics at Johns Hopkins SAIS; and pursued Advanced Arabic studies at American University of Cairo.

Co-sponsors: Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Center for Middle Eastern Studies.
Contact: Liz Flanagan