SPECIAL MIDEAST BRIEFING
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Doors Open 6:00pm ; Conversation 6:30PM
Hosted by Robert Pietrzak, Partner, Sidley Austin
$10 Members Admin Fee | $30 Non-Members
Private Dinner following at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, $200*
Members Only for Executive Members & Above with limited availability for member sponsors.
*Includes reception & conversation
Although the ISIS caliphate nears defeat in its capital in Raqqa and there are now “de-escalation zones” in Syria, the Middle East remains one of the thorniest and challenging areas in the US and world affairs.
What do we need to know now about the conflict in Syria, the prospect of US-Russian cooperation there, or the growing confrontation between Sunni and Shi’a in the region as seen in the latest projections of power by Saudi Arabia or Iran?
About Ambassador Robert Ford
Robert Ford served as a distinguished career foreign service officer for decades and is currently a Senior Fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington.
Mr. Ford retired from the U.S. Foreign Service after serving as the U.S. Ambassador to Syria from 2011 to 2014. Mr. Ford’s experience and knowledge of the Middle East is extensive and deep.
As Ambassador to Syria, Mr. Ford was the State Department lead on Syria, proposing and implementing policy and developing common strategies with European and Middle Eastern allies to try to resolve the Syria conflict. Prior to this, Mr. Ford was the Deputy U.S. Ambassador to Iraq from 2008 to 2010, and also served from 2006 until 2008 as the U.S. Ambassador to Algeria, where he boosted bilateral education and rule of law cooperation.
Ford served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Bahrain from 2001 until 2004, and Political Counselor to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad from 2004 until 2006 during the tumultuous establishment of the new, permanent Iraqi government.
In 2014 he received the Secretary’s Service Award, the U.S. State Department’s highest honor. He also received the annual Profile in Courage Award in April 2012 from the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston for his stout defense of human rights in Syria.
He has appeared on CNN, PBS, Fox, MSNBC, NPR, the BBC and Arabic news networks as well as in the New York Times and Foreign Policy.