Robert Ford was U.S. Ambassador to Syria from 2011-2014. He is a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington.
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As protests against the brutal regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad grew in the early 2010s, the then-US ambassador to Syria. Robert Ford, met with two opposition leaders seeking American support for their causes. Razan Zaitouneh and Colonel Akaidi understood how the Syrian revolution would go.