Former United States Ambassador Speaks About Syrian Conflict
Web Editor - Published: November 28, 2012
On Tuesday, November 27th, Ambassador John Craig spoke to students and faculty on Widener Law’s Harrisburg campus about “Understanding the conflict in Syria . . . it’s really all about Iran,” as part of the Pizza and Policy in the Pit series.

“Ambassador Craig spoke to a full house about the history behind the current Middle East situation, and it was evident that his lifetime of experience in the region gave him the understanding to render a very complex situation in clear, understandable terms,” said Dean of Students Keith Sealing, who added, “Equally impressive was the display of world affairs knowledge by our students in the question and answer session that followed Ambassador Craig’s lecture.”

John Craig served as Ambassador to Oman from 1998 and 2001, and he was also the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Combating Terrorism under President George W. Bush. He has also served as Director of Arabian Peninsula Affairs, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs in the Department of State and Deputy Chief of Mission in both Damascus, Syria and Bogota, Colombia.

A graduate of American University’s School of International Service, Craig holds a master’s degree in international relations from the National War College at the National Defense University. He currently serves as a scholar-in-residence at Elizabethtown College.