Ambassador Ryan Crocker is the Nonresident Senior Fellow at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. During Ambassador Crocker's 37-year career in the US Foreign Service, he served as ambassador on six occasions—in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait, and Lebanon. He also has had assignments in Iran, Qatar, Iraq, and Egypt, as well as Washington, DC. He was formerly dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service. Ambassador Crocker is currently a visiting lecturer and diplomat-in-residence at Princeton University and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009, the nation's highest civilian award. Ambassador Crocker received his bachelor's degree in English from Whitman College.