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Former Iraq Ambassador Faily, Former U.S. Ambassador Crocker Headline Sept. 5 Bush School Talk

August 30, 2017

Iraqi Ambassador To US Lukman Faily
WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 01: Iraqi Ambassador to the United States Lukman Faily participates in a discussion at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) July 1, 2014 in Washington, DC. Ambassador Faily discussed the current situations in Iraq. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
By Texas A&M University Bush School

Former Iraqi Ambassador to the United States Lukman Faily and former career U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker will meet Tuesday, Sept. 5 at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center on the Texas A&M University Bush School campus to discuss the United States’ role in that country and the defeat of ISIS.

The event is sponsored by the Scowcroft Institute for International Affairs, the Department of International Affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service and the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation.

A reception prior to the event will begin at 4:30 p.m., and the program will begin at 6 p.m. Both will be held at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center on the Bush School campus.

Crocker and Faily will be joined by Trudy Rubin, foreign affairs columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer, who has special expertise on the Middle East, international terrorism, and US foreign policy. The panel will examine the future of Iraq and American policy toward Iraq, centering around the recently issued Atlantic Council Task Force report on Iraq. Following the panel discussion, there will be a discussion with former ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker. Questions from the audience are welcome in each session.

former Ambassador to Syria and Iraq Ryan Crocker
WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 18: Former Acting Director for Central Intelligence John McLaughlin (L) and former Ambassador to Syria and Iraq Ryan Crocker testify before the House Armed Services Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill November 18, 2015 in Washington, DC. The committee invited McLaughlin and Crocker to share their “outside views” on what strategy the Untied States should take when it comes to Syria and Iraq. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Crocker spent 37 years in the US Foreign Service, including service as the US ambassador to Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Lebanon. 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, and the State Department Distinguished Honor Award. Crocker served as dean of the Bush School from 2009 to 2016.

Prior to his current appointment, Lukman Faily served as the Iraqi ambassador to Japan from 2010 to 2013. Having lived in the United Kingdom for 20 years, Faily was an active leader with the Iraqi community there and a vocal opponent of Saddam Husein’s regime.

Trudy Rubin’s “Worldview” column appears twice weekly in the Inquirer and runs regularly in many other US newspapers. Well-traveled in the Middle East, she wrote for the Christian Science Monitor and the Economist of London. In 2001, Rubin was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for her columns on the Middle East.

The event is open to the public, but those planning to attend are requested to register in advance.


Media contact: Sheera Helms,, 979 845 6510.

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