Former US ambassador to Syria available for interviews

HOUSTON – (Sept. 6, 2013) – Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and a former U.S. ambassador to Syria and Israel, is available Monday through Wednesday next week for interviews about Syria, including President Barack Obama’s Tuesday evening national address on Syria.

Edward DjerejianA leading expert on the complex political, security, economic, religious and ethnic issues of the Middle East, Djerejian served in the U.S. Foreign Service under eight presidents, from John F. Kennedy to Bill Clinton. Djerejian was U.S. ambassador to Syria from 1989 to 1991.

In 2003, Djerejian chaired the Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy for the Arab and Muslim World at the request of then-Secretary of State Colin Powell and was senior adviser to the Iraq Study Group in 2006. Djerejian is the author of the book “Danger and Opportunity: An American Ambassador’s Journey Through the Middle East.”

Djerejian will discuss Syria live Sunday morning on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal.”

The Baker Institute has a radio and television studio available for media who want to interview Djerejian. For more information, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at


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KUHF (NPR-Houston)
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About David Ruth

David Ruth is director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.