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Former US special envoy to anti-ISIS coalition joins Stanford as lecturer

Former US special envoy to anti-ISIS coalition joins Stanford as lecturer

Brett McGurk, the former special envoy to the anti-ISIS military coalition who left his position last month, is joining Stanford University as a lecturer.
McGurk will hold the title of Frank E. and Arthur W. Payne Distinguished Lecturer at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, the university announced Wednesday.
“I am excited to join the Stanford community and work alongside the distinguished faculty at FSI,” McGurk said in a statement. “I hope to translate my experience in Washington and overseas into challenging courses to prepare a new generation of public servants, as well as enhance public understanding of the serious issues our nation confronts, and how we might better address them.”
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who is a senior fellow at the institute, in a statement called McGurk “the consummate professional diplomat.”
“He has served on the front lines across three administrations, and handled some of the most difficult assignments for me and President Bush in Iraq during the surge. We are thrilled to welcome Brett to Stanford,” Rice said.
McGurk was originally scheduled to leave his envoy post in February, but left last month after President Trump announced he would withdraw the roughly 2,000 U.S. troops that are fighting ISIS in Syria.
That decision also prompted the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis.