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 finished a thirty year career with the Peace Corps and the U.S. Department of State in April 2014. He was the Yale University Kissinger Fellow in 2015-2016, and now teaches at Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Studies. Ford also is a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington, writing and speaking about Syria, Iraq and North Africa. He was the U.S. Ambassador to Syria 2011-2014, receiving the Profile in Courage award in 2012 from the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston for his human rights work and a Presidential Honor award in 2012 for his stewardship of the American Embassy in Damascus during a crisis period.
Ford was the U.S. Ambassador in Algeria 2006-2008 and also served five years in Iraq helping the Iraqis establish their permanent government through three rounds of elections. He received from Secretary of State John Kerry in March 2014 the Distinguished Service award, the State Department’s highest award. Ford has appeared on CNN, PBS, MSNBC, Fox, NPR, the BBC, Arabic networks speaking in Arabic as well as in print media. Ford taught at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and is a devoted fan of the Baltimore Orioles.