Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
WACOC’s 50th Anniversary
*Black tie optional*
“Middle East Meltdown: Causes & Consequences for the U.S.”
Ambassador Ryan Crocker
Former Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait and Lebanon
Recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
The World Affairs Council of Orange County will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary with one of the highest profile American diplomats of our generation, Ambassador Ryan Crocker. Dubbed, “America’s Lawrence of Arabia” by former US President, George W. Bush, Ambassador Crocker has held our nation’s highest diplomatic positions throughout the Middle East, having served as US Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Lebanon, and Kuwait.
For decades, Ambassador Crocker has courageously and dutifully served our nation in leadership positions throughout the Middle East and South Asia. In August 1990, Crocker served as Director of the Iraq-Kuwait Task Force following the Iraq invasion of Kuwait. In 2002, he led a team that secretly worked with Iranian counterparts to capture Al Qaeda operatives in the days after 9/11. Prior to the invasion of Iraq, he co-authored a memo for Secretary of State Colin Powell warning that overthrowing Saddam Hussein could unleash long-repressed ethnic and sectarian tensions in Iraq, potentially pulling in Iran and Syria, and warning that the US would be left to rebuild the country’s economic and political systems. Most recently he was General David Petraeus’s civilian partner as US Ambassador to Iraq during the US troop surge in 2007.
Ambassador Crocker in his speech to our Council will address the causes and consequences of the current “meltdown” in the Middle East including the ongoing crisis in the various nations there.
Venue: Hotel Irvine
(17900 JAMBOREE ROAD, IRVINE, CA 92614)
Time: 5:30 PM Registration/Reception
6:45 PM Speaker/Dinner
$85 WACOC MEMBER & GUEST/ $100 NON-MEMBER/ $50 STUDENT/$1250 TABLE SPONSOR
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