REFLECTIONS ON US POLICY IN SYRIA AND BEYOND: A CONVERSATION WITH AMBASSADOR FREDERIC C. HOF
Mr. David Ignatius
Ambassador Frederic C. Hof
Former Director, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Please join us for a candid conversation on April 11 at 4:00 p.m. with Ambassador Frederic C. Hof, who stepped down from his position as director of the Rafik Hariri Center of the Middle East at the end of March. Ambassador Hof will reflect on lessons learned from his many diplomatic and military adventures and also speak to what can be done to address the current crises in Syria and beyond.
Ambassador Hof joined the Atlantic Council in December 2012 as a senior fellow, and his time at the Council has been marked by an unwavering and passionate commitment to US leadership on ending the war in Syria, with a focus on what strategies the United States and its partners can pursue to protect civilians and find a path forward for Syria that secures the people’s demands for political legitimacy.
Ambassador Hof has had a distinguished and inspiring career, serving as special advisor for the transition in Syria at the US Department of State and special coordinator for regional affairs in the US Department of State’s Office of the Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, after having concentrated on Syrian-Israeli peace and Israeli-Lebanese maritime matters as a deputy to Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell Ambassador Hof began his career as an Army officer, serving in Vietnam. He also served as US Army attaché in Beirut, Lebanon, and later in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as director for Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Palestinian affairs. In 2001, he directed the Jerusalem field operations of the Sharm el-Sheikh Fact-Finding Committee and was the lead drafter of the Committee’s April 30, 2001 Report. His awards include a Purple Heart, the Department of State Superior Honor Award, the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, and the Defense Superior Service Medal
Following the discussion, please join us for a wine & cheese reception in Ambassador Hof’s honor as we toast him a fond farewell.