Speaker Information
Global Issues 2018


Robert Ford


Robert Ford

Amb. Robert Ford completed a 30-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. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington where he writes and speaks about Syria, Iraq, and North Africa.

Amb. Ford was the U.S. Ambassador to Syria (2011-2014). In 2014 he received the Distinguished Service award, the State Department's highest award. He received 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. Amb. Ford was the U.S. Ambassador to Algeria (2006-2008) and also served five years in Iraq, helping the Iraqis establish their permanent government through three rounds of elections.

Amb. Ford has appeared on CNN, PBS, MSNBC, Fox, NPR, and the BBC Arabic networks speaking in Arabic. He taught at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and is a devoted fan of the Baltimore Orioles. Amb. Ford holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins.