"You understand this is real–this is a state of siege," said Edward P. Djerejian, the former American ambassador to Israel and Syria who helped draft the Iraq Study Group's report.

The New York Times,
Friday December 8, 2006



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Edward P. Djerejian is the founding Director of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. He assumed his responsibilities there in August 1994. Since leaving the United States Foreign Service, he has served on important commissions. Secretary of State Colin Powell in  2003 asked him to chair the congressionally mandated bipartisan Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy for the Arab and Muslim World, and in 2006 he served as Senior Advisor to the congressionally mandated and bipartisan Iraq Study Group.

One of the United States of America's most distinguished  and experienced diplomats, his career has spanned the administrations of eight Presidents. A leading expert on the complex political, security, economic, religious and ethnic issues of the Middle East, Djerejian has held a number of increasingly responsible positions related to this vital region.

Prior to his nomination by President Clinton as United States Ambassador to Israel (1993), he served both President Bush and President Clinton as Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs (1991-1993) and President Reagan and President Bush as U.S. Ambassador to the Syrian Arab Republic (1988-1991). He has also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs (1986-1988) and Deputy Chief of the U.S. mission to the Kingdom of Jordan (1981-1984). In these capacities he played a key role in the Arab-Israeli peace process, the U.S.-led coalition against Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, successful efforts to end the civil war in Lebanon, the release of U.S. hostages in Lebanon, and the establishment of collective and bilateral security arrangements in the Persian Gulf.

Djerejian was assigned to the White House in 1985 as Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan and Deputy Press Secretary of Foreign Affairs. He has extensive experience in the field of public affairs and public diplomacy.

In addition to his experience in Middle Eastern affairs,  Djerejian is an expert in Soviet and Russian affairs. He was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow from 1979 to 1981, where he headed the political section, during the critical period in U.S.-Soviet relations marked by  the invasion of Afghanistan. He also served in the Bureau of European Affairs in the Department of State.

He is a native of New York City, joined the Foreign Service in 1962, after serving in the United States Army as a First Lieutenant in the Republic of Korea between 1961 and 1962. In addition to his assignments in Moscow and Amman, he served as a political officer in Beirut, Lebanon (1966-1969) and Casablanca, Morocco (1969-1972). Between 1975 and 1977 he was assigned as the United States Consul General in Bordeaux, France.

Djerejian graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 1960.  He received an Honorary Doctorate in the Humanities from his alma mater in 1992 and a doctor of laws, honoris causa, from Middlebury College in 2004. He speaks Arabic, Russian, French and Armenian.

Djerejian is the author of the book "Danger and Opportunity – An American Ambassador's Journey Through the Middle East," published by Simon & Schuster's Threshold Editions in September, 2008. The paperback edition was published in August, 2009.

Ambassador Djerejian received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award in 1994, the Department of State's Distinguished Honor Award in 1993 and numerous other honors, including the President's Meritorious Service Award in 1988, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 1993, and the Anti-Defamation League's Moral Statesman Award in 1994. He has also received a number of foreign decorations. In 2009 he received the Association of Rice Alumni's Gold Medal, the group's most prestigious award for service to the university.

He is a member of several public policy organizations, including the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Djerejian served on the Board of Advisors of President Clinton's Global Initiative Forum on the Mitigation of Ethnic and Religious Conflict. In 2011, he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious honorary societies and independent policy research centers.

Ambassador Djerejian is on the Board of Directors of a number of corporate and non-profit organizations. Djerejian was named to the board of trustees of the Carnegie Corporation of New York in 2011.