Ryan Crocker, former U.S. ambassador to several of the world’s most troubled hotspots including Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, is the James R. Schlesinger Distinguished Professor at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center.
Throughout 2013, Crocker, as a visiting professor, will take part in several Miller Center initiatives, speaking, writing and advising on foreign policy and national security matters.
Crocker holds the diplomatic rank of career ambassador, the U.S. Foreign Service’s highest rank. He served as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan from 2011 to 2012 and U.S. ambassador to Iraq from 2007 to 2009. He previously served as U.S. ambassador to Pakistan from 2004 to 2007; to Syria from 1998 to 2001; to Kuwait from 1994 to 1997; and to Lebanon from 1990 to 1993. In 2009, President George W. Bush awarded Crocker the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, citing him for the work he did following the attacks of Sept. 11 “to build a worldwide coalition to combat terrorism and help millions of oppressed people travel the path to liberty and democracy.”
In 2010, Crocker became dean of Texas A&M University’s George Bush School of Government and Public Service. During the 2012-13 academic year, he served as a Kissinger Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Johnson Center for the Study of American Diplomacy.
Crocker attended University College Dublin and Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, where he received a B.A. in English literature.