Middle East Policy in the New Administration
Ambassador Crocker & Barbara Slavin
11:30 am - 12:00 pm: Networking Reception with Lunch
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Presentation & Audience Q+A
Free parking in CU South Denver lot
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.