Middle East Meltdown: Causes and Consequences – Library EventApr 4, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
|The Peters Township Public Library will host former Ambassador Ryan Crocker on Wednesday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss Middle East Meltdown: Causes and Consequences based on his experiences as the former Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Lebanon, and Kuwait. This program is offered in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and with the support of McMurray Veterans of Foreign Wars POST 764 for the International Program Series.
Ambassador Ryan Crocker is a career ambassador within the U.S. Foreign Service. He was in the Foreign Service for 37 years and, after retiring, was recalled to active duty by President Obama in 2011 to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan. His previous appointments included service as the U.S. Ambassador to Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Lebanon. Crocker became dean of Texas A&M University’s George Bush School of Government and Public Service in 2010.
Crocker has received many of the nation’s highest honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, the State Department Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award, the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the State Department Distinguished Honor Award, The Award for Valor, three Superior Honor Awards and the American Foreign Service Association’s Rivkin Award. When he stepped down as Ambassador in Kabul in 2012, Crocker was named an Honorary Marine by the United States Marine Corps.