Ambassador Ryan Crocker is Dean, Executive Professor, and Edward and Howard Kruse Endowed Chair at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. He has served as U.S. Ambassador to: Iraq (2007-2009), Pakistan (2004-2007), Syria (1998-2001), Kuwait (1994-1997), and Lebanon (1990-1993). He was a member of the faculty at the National War College from 2003 to 2004. He also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs from August 2001 to May 2003.