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American Forum - Escape from the Quagmire? The Way Ahead in Syria, Egypt and the Middle East

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Ryan Crocker, David Rohde, Shibley Telhami
October 7, 2013
11:00AM - 12:00PM (EDT)


Bringing together the foremost American diplomat to the Islamic world, a two-time Pulitzer Prize- winning journalist specializing in the Middle East, and one of the leading scholars of attitudes in the region, the Forum offers a frank discussion of whether the U.S. can re-establish firm footing after the cataclysmic events of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Arab Spring, the Egyptian coup(s), and the crisis in Syria. 


  • Ryan Crocker, the 2013 James R. Schlesinger Distinguished Professor at the Miller Center, holder of the U.S. Foreign Service’s highest rank, served as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan from 2011 to 2012, ambassador to Iraq from 2007 to 2009, and previously ambassador to Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait, and Lebanon;  
  • David Rohde, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, was kidnapped by the Taliban, now a reporter for ThomsonReuters, and the author of Beyond War:  Reimagining American Influence in a New Middle East
  • Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park, non-resident senior fellow at the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution, and author most recently of The World Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the Reshaping of the Middle East.
Ryan Crocker
Ryan Crocker
David Rohde
David Rohde
Shibley Telhami
Shibley Telhami

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