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Ryan C. Crocker
Ambassador Syrian Arab Republic


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Biography

Ryan C. Crocker, former ambassador to Lebanon and Kuwait, joined the Foreign Service in 1971. After Farsi language training, he was posted in Khorramshahr, Iran and Doha, Qatar. He completed the Foreign Service Institute's Arabic School in Tunis, then was assigned to Baghdad, Iraq and Beirut, Lebanon.

Ambassador Crocker studied Near Eastern studies at Princeton University before being assigned as deputy director of the Office of Israel at the U.S. embassy in Cairo. After the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990, he became director of the Iraq-Kuwait Task Force.

In 1993, Ambassador Crocker was sworn in U.S. ambassador to Lebanon, and in 1994, as ambassador to Kuwait.

He received a bachelor's degree in English literature from Whitman College and is the recipient of the Presidential Distinguished Service Award and the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service.

Appointment Date:  6/29/98
Oath of Office:  6/12/98

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