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Middle East Policy in the New Administration
Ambassador Hill, Ambassador Crocker, & Barbara Slavin
5:30 pm - 6:15 pm: Networking Reception with Hors d'oeuvres & Cash Bar
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Presentation & Audience Q+A
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Continue the discussion with the WorldDenver Young Professionals & Dr. Amy Eckert from MSU Political Science department, at Mellow Mushroom!
Metered parking and surface lots located near venue. Valet parking available.
About Ambassador Ryan Crocker
Ambassador Ryan Crocker 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. He is also on the Board of Directors of Mercy Corps International. Ambassador Crocker received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, in 2009.
About Barbara Slavin
Barbara Slavin is the acting director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council and Washington correspondent for Al-Monitor.com, a website devoted to news from and about the Middle East. The author of Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the US and the Twisted Path to Confrontation (2007), she is a regular commentator on US foreign policy and Iran on NPR, PBS, and C-SPAN.
A career journalist, Slavin previously served as assistant managing editor for world and national security of the Washington Times, senior diplomatic reporter for USA TODAY, Cairo correspondent for the Economist, and as an editor at the New York Times Week in Review.
She has covered such key foreign policy issues as the US-led war on terrorism, policy toward "rogue" states, the Iran-Iraq war, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. She has traveled to Iran nine times. Slavin also served as a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and as a senior fellow at the US Institute of Peace.
About Ambassador Christopher Hill
Ambassador Christopher Robert Hill is the Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He is an author, a monthly columnist for Project Syndicate, and a highly sought public speaker and voice in the media on international affairs.
Ambassador Hill is a former career diplomat, a four-time ambassador, nominated by three presidents, whose last post was as Ambassador to Iraq (April 2009-August 2010). Prior to Iraq, Hill served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2005 until 2009 during which he was also the head of the U.S. delegation to the Six Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear issue. Earlier, he was the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (2004-2005), Ambassador to Poland (2000-2004), Ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia (1996-1999) and Special Envoy to Kosovo (1998-1999). He also served as a Special Assistant to the President and a Senior Director on the staff of the National Security Council (1999-2000).
A program of the World Affairs Councils of America supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.