Robert Ford

Robert Ford is a Yale University professor and fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC. He retired from the US State Department in 2014 after serving as US ambassador to Syria (2011-14), deputy ambassador to Iraq (2008-10), and ambassador to Algeria (2006-08), as well as holding positions in Turkey, Egypt, Bahrain and Washington, DC. Ford started his international work as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco. He is fluent in Arabic and regularly appears in American, British and Arab media.

What Went Wrong in Syria?

December 21, 2017

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to the former US ambassador in Syria, Robert Ford. Robert Ford served as the US ambassador to Syria between 2011 and 2014, an appointee of the Obama administration. Ford was criticized for his belief that working with the Syrian rebels would...

How to Salvage US Interests in Syria

January 17, 2017

Short of a full military victory by one side or the other, there is no prospect of Syria being stitched back together soon. When it started in 2011, the Syrian protest movement against the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria was entirely domestic and mostly peaceful. I was there and...