August 3 - 6, 2020
Ambassador (ret) Robert S. Ford is a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington where he focuses on North Africa and the Levant. He was the U.S. ambassador to Syria 2011-2014 and received in 2012 the Profile in Courage award from the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston for his efforts to defend human rights in Syria. He was ambassador to Algeria 2006-2008 where he expanded bilateral cooperation in the rule of law and education. He also served five years in Iraq between 2003 and 2010 and helped arrange elections and the establishment of the permanent Iraqi government.