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.
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