4th Annual Walter Roberts Lecture

with Robert Ford, former U.S. Ambassador to Syria

In conversation with Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs, Ambassador Robert S. Ford discussed the current crises in Syria and Iraq, the Obama Administration's strategy for fighting terrorism in the region, and the role of social media and digital diplomacy in the war against ISIS.

This event was part of the annual Walter Roberts Lecture series and sponsored by IPDGC and the Walter Roberts Endowment

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About the speaker

Robert Ford served as the U.S. Ambassador to Syria from 2010 to 2014. Since joining the U.S. Foreign Service in 1985, he has been posted throughout the Middle East and Africa in Turkey, Egypt, Algeria, and Cameroon. From 2001 to 2004, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Bahrain and Political Counselor to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad from 2004-2006. Prior to Syria, he served in Algeria as the ambassador from 2006-2008. Currently, he is Senior Fellow at The Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. 

About the moderator

Frank Sesno is Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University. Previously, he worked at CNN for 21 years serving as a White House correspondent, anchor, and chief of the network's Washington bureau. He has won several awards for his achievements, including an Emmy, several ACE awards, and an Overseas Press Club award.

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