Few American diplomats have played as central a role in the Middle East and South Asia as Ryan Crocker. So he will be poised to share some up-close insights when he speaks at a public forum today at the Kennedy School of Government.
Crocker's 4 p.m. address, in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, is sponsored by the Kennedy school's Institute of Politics, and will be moderated by Professor Graham Allison, who heads the school's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
Crocker was US ambassador to Iraq from 2007 to 2009, during the surge led by General David Petraeus and the shift by Iraqi Sunnis to turn against Al Qaeda in Iraq. Before that, he was US ambassador To Pakistan for three crucial years, from 2004 to 2007.
See the IOP's web site for more details.
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About James F. SmithJim Smith came home to his native Boston in 2002 to become the Boston Globe's foreign editor after spending 22 years abroad. He was previously based in Buenos Aires and Mexico City for the LA Times, and in Johannesburg, Tokyo and The Hague for the AP. In 2007 he became the Globe's national political editor, coordinating presidential campaign coverage. He is a Yale graduate, and has an MBA. He is married to Maxine Hart and has two sons, Matthew and Daniel.
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