Robert Ford is a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute.

A career member of the U.S Foreign Service, Ford entered the service in 1985 and retired in 2014. Ford served as U.S. ambassador to Syria from 2010 to 2014 and U.S. ambassador to Algeria from 2006 to 2008. He was also deputy chief of mission in Bahrain from 2001 to 2004, and political counselor to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad from 2004 to 2006. In addition, Ford has been stationed in Turkey, Egypt, and Cameroon.

Ford is a recipient of several Department of State awards, including the 2005 James Clement Dunn Award for Excellence and three Superior Honor Awards and two Meritorious Honor Awards. In 2012, he was awarded the Profile in Courage Award by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation for his work as the U.S. ambassador in Syria.

Last Updated: August 17, 2017