Ryan Crocker

Nonresident Senior Fellow
Ryan Crocker is a nonresident senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


BA, English, Whitman College




Ryan Crocker is a nonresident senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He was previously a diplomat in residence at Princeton University. He was a career Foreign Service Officer who served six times as an American ambassador: Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait and Lebanon. Three of these appointments were under Republican administrations, and three were under Democratic administrations. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, in 2009. Other recent awards include the inaugural Bancroft Award, presented by the Naval Academy in 2016. Also in 2016, he was named an honorary fellow of the Literary and Historical Society at University College, Dublin, where he was presented the annual James Joyce Award. He has been named as the 2020 recipient of West Point’s Thayer Award. He is an Honorary Marine.

  • Op-Ed New Atlanticist (Atlantic Council) December 17, 2021
    Afghanistan Is About to Collapse. Here’s What the US Must Do About It

    The United States has a reputational interest and a moral obligation in vigorously joining efforts to help the Afghan people preserve at least some of the social and economic gains made over the last twenty years.

  • A photograph shows a general view of Kabul on November 1, 2021
    Testimony Senate Foreign Relations Committee November 17, 2021
    Afghanistan 2001-2021: U.S. Policy Lessons Learned

    There is a single overarching problem that is at the root of what the world has seen of U.S. engagement in Afghanistan and elsewhere. It is the failure on the part of the United States to demonstrate strategic patience .

  • Op-Ed New York Times August 21, 2021
    Why Biden’s Lack of Strategic Patience Led to Disaster

    As Americans, we have many strengths, but strategic patience is not among them. We have been able to summon it at critical times such as the Revolutionary War and World War II, where, for example, Congress did not threaten to defund the war effort if it wasn’t wrapped up by 1944.

  • Residents pass an Afghan flag flying on a hill top in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017.
    August 18, 2021 Русский
    Afghanistan Under the Taliban

    Experts from throughout Carnegie’s global network assess the stark humanitarian toll, the regional ramifications, and the diplomatic challenges posed by the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.

  • A 'tarjamah' or interpreter for US Marines from 1st Battalion 7th Marines Regiment holds his prayer
    Testimony Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Safety June 23, 2021
    Special Immigrant Visas for Foreign Interpreters

    The United States has a moral obligation to its Afghan allies. Furthermore, the conflicts of the future will be complicated political/military affairs with a critical need for interpreters by the U.S. military and diplomats. Both America’s credibility and ability to attract local allies in future conflicts are on the line.

  • U.S. Capitol
    Testimony House Committee on Foreign Affairs February 24, 2021
    America Forward: Restoring Diplomacy and Development in a Fractured World

    This fractured world will not organize itself. Washington has the opportunity to lead again, but if the United States chooses otherwise, Washington must not delude itself about the possible consequences.

  • On the U.S. Military Mission in Afghanistan
    Testimony November 20, 2020
    On the U.S. Military Mission in Afghanistan

    There is no better bulwark against a return of Taliban rule than an educated Afghan society that rejects the Taliban’s ideology. But that will require continued U.S. engagement, including military presence.

  • National flags
    Op-Ed Atlantic November 1, 2020
    The World Won’t Organize Itself

    Foreign policy looks far different up close than it does from a congressional hearing room or think-tank auditorium.

  • MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports August 25, 2021
    On the Afghanistan Withdrawal

    Strategically and for a long, short, and medium-term interest, the decision to completely withdraw from Afghanistan, was a bad one, and the execution of it has been pretty bad as well.

  • CBS News August 22, 2021
    Afghanistan, Decries “Catastrophic” Withdrawal
  • Bloomberg Markets August 11, 2021
    Taliban Complete Northeast Afghan Blitz

    It is pretty bad and I think it is going to get worse. I was just listening again to President Biden so the thing is that these talks with the Taliban that we initiated under President Trump, those were not peace negotiations. Basically, it was a surrender process

  • CNBC April 9, 2021
    Major Powers Met with Iran & U.S. Separately on Iran Nuclear Deal

    This is an arms control agreement. It is not a treaty of peace and friendship between Iran and the U.S.

  • CBS News March 19, 2021
    The United States of Al

    Military experts discuss how real-life events of war translate into plot lines for a new series.

  • A Global Renewal? What to Expect in 2021
    December 16, 2020 Live on YouTube @CarnegieMENA عربي
    A Global Renewal? What to Expect in 2021

    The conference will consist of six virtual discussions that will provide a look ahead to 2021, focusing on what Carnegie scholars and other experts believe will be the most significant and challenging issues facing the Middle East and North Africa in their interaction with international actors.

  • The United States and the World: A New Direction?
    December 15, 2020 YouTube @CarnegieMENA عربي
    The United States and the World: A New Direction?

    Held on Dec. 15 from 8:45-10:00 a.m. EST (3:45-5:00 p.m. Beirut) with opening remarks by Marwan Muasher. This discussion will begin with a fireside chat between William J. Burns and Maha Yahya. The panel will then examine the top foreign policy priorities of the incoming Biden administration, particularly in the Middle East. Among the other topics that will be covered are the global priorities for the new U.S. administration, Washington’s relations with China and Russia, and the future of multilateral relations.

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