The World Food Prize Foundation

2016 Borlaug Dialogue Speakers

Abmassador Ryan C. Crocker

Career Ambassador, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait, Lebanon

In August 2016, Ryan Crocker stepped down as Dean at the George Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University where he had served from 2010-2011 and 2013-2016.   He retired from the Foreign Service in April 2009 after a career of over 37 years but was recalled to active duty by President Obama to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan in 2011. He has served as U.S. Ambassador six times: Afghanistan (2011-2012), Iraq (2007-2009), Pakistan (2004-2007), Syria (1998-2001), Kuwait (1994-1997), and Lebanon (1990-1993).   In August 2013, he was confirmed by the United States Senate to serve on the Broadcasting Board of Governors which oversees all U.S. government-supported civilian international media. Ambassador Crocker received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, in 2009.

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