Ambassador Robert Ford

Ambassador Robert S. Ford was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Syria in January 2011. Ambassador Ford is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, holding the rank of Minister Counselor. He most recently served with the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG). He has previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to Algeria (2006-2008), Political Counselor (2004-2006) and Deputy Chief of Mission (2008-2009) at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, and Deputy Chief of Mission in Bahrain (2001-2004). His early overseas postings include Izmir, Cairo and Yaoundé. In Washington, he has served as the Egypt and North Africa Economic Affairs Officer. He has received numerous State Department awards, including the 2005 James Clement Dunn Award for Excellence in mid-level officers.