On February 16, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Robert Stephen Ford to be Ambassador to the Syrian Arab Republic. The WH released the following official bio:
Mr. Ford has also served in a number of other posts since entering the Foreign Service in 1985, including Izmir, Cairo, Algiers, and Yaoundé. Mr. Ford earned a Master of Arts in 1983 from Johns Hopkins University. He is a recipient of a number of Department of State awards, including the 2005 James Clement Dunn Award for outstanding work at the mid-level in the Foreign Service as well as three Superior Honor Awards and two Meritorious Honor awards. Mr. Ford speaks German, Turkish, French, and Arabic.
- President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts, 2/16/10
- Laura Rozen | Obama announces return of ambassador to Syria
- Robert S. Ford | Hosts Ask the White House | March 30, 2006
- Syria delighted with new US envoy | Sami Moubayed | Feb 13, 2010