WASHINGTON —The Wilson Center is pleased to announce that Ambassador Ryan Crocker has joined the Center as a non-resident Distinguished Fellow from November 2015 to November 2016. Ambassador Crocker’s work will focus on U.S. policy in the Middle East and include public and private presentations.

“I’ve seen Ryan Crocker up close and personal in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Jane Harman, President and CEO of the Wilson Center. “Every time he was asked to serve he did – despite the risks. We are thrilled he will share his incredible wisdom and insight with us over the next year.”

Crocker is a Career Ambassador with the U.S. Department of State. He has served as U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan (2011 to 2012); Iraq (2007 to 2009); Pakistan (2004 to 2007); Syria (1998 to 2001); Kuwait (1994 to 1997); and Lebanon (1990 to 1993). He is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  He is currently Dean of Texas A&M University's George Bush School of Government and Public Service.

Notes to editors:

1. The Wilson Center provides a strictly nonpartisan space for the worlds of policymaking and scholarship to interact. By conducting relevant and timely research and promoting dialogue from all perspectives, it works to address the critical current and emerging challenges confronting the United States and the world.

2. The Middle East Program at the Wilson Center combines the intellectual grounding of its scholars with the power of its convening space to produce actionable ideas for policymakers around the world. The Program offers a breadth and depth of programming on the prevailing economic, political, and social norms in the MENA region.