As the terrorist group ISIS continues to wreak havoc in Iraq, the international community and the media are searching for response and advice from experts on Middle East conflict, one of whom is former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq (2007-2009) Ryan Crocker, who currently serves as dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.
Crocker, who was also ambassador to Afghanistan (2011-2012), Pakistan (2004-2007), Syria (1998-2001), Kuwait (1994-1997) and Lebanon (1990-1993), has a long history as a diplomat and foreign policy advisor.
Since the current crisis has unfolded in Iraq, Crocker’s analysis and opinions have been highly sought by some of the world’s top media outlets, including CBS News, CNN, MSNBC and The Washington Post.
Crocker says he recognizes the value of responding to media inquiries and, in light of his vast experience in Middle East conflict, feels a responsibility to give his insight in times of crisis.
“I have every reason to believe that President George H.W. Bush founded the Bush School in order to make an impact in national and international affairs,” says Crocker. “Our faculty includes a wide variety of experts in homeland security and counterterrorism, conflict and foreign policy, defense policy and public leadership, just to name a few. As public servants, I feel it is our duty to assist and advise when and where we can.”