Marquette University News Release

Former U.S. ambassador to Syria to discuss America’s coalition against the Islamic State after 18 months of conflict

November 10, 2015

MILWAUKEE – Robert S. Ford, U.S. ambassador to Syria from 2011 to 2014, will give a “report card” on America’s coalition against the Islamic State after 18 months of conflict on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union, Room 227, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Ford will be at Marquette as part of International Education Week events, which will also include a daylong symposium titled “Europe: Integration/Disintegration” on Friday, Nov. 20, at the Raynor Memorial Libraries Beaumier Suites, 1355 W. Wisconsin Ave.

President Barack Obama named Ford as the ambassador to Syria in 2010 and he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2011. In this role, Ford was the State Department lead on Syria, proposing and implementing policy and developing strategies with Middle Eastern and European allies.

He retired in 2014 from the U.S. Foreign Service and is currently a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington.

Prior to becoming the U.S. ambassador to Syria, Ford was the deputy U.S. ambassador to Iraq from 2008 to 2010, and was the U.S. ambassador to Algeria from 2006-2008. He was a political counselor to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad from 2004 until 2006 and was the deputy chief of mission in Bahrain from 2001 to 2004.

Symposium on Europe

Martin A. Schain, professor of politics at New York University, will deliver the keynote speech at the Nov. 20 symposium on Europe. Schain’s lecture, “Crises at the Border,” will be from 8:45 a.m. until 10 a.m.

The symposium also will feature discussions of the economic situation in Europe, the relationship between Russia and Ukraine, social policy in Europe, and migration in Europe.

A complete schedule of the symposium is available online.

A complete schedule of all events at Marquette during International Education Week is also online.

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International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Department of Education, and is sponsored at Marquette by its Office of International Education.

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