Djerejian available to comment on Middle East developments


Jeff Falk

Djerejian available to comment on Middle East developments

HOUSTON – (Jan. 7, 2014) – Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and former U.S. ambassador to Syria and Israel, is available to comment on the latest developments in the Middle East, specifically the Syrian civil war, Lebanon, Iraq, the activities of Islamic extremists and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent efforts to broker a Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. In November, Djerejian traveled to Israel, where he met with Israeli and Palestinian policymakers and scholars to discuss recommendations for achieving a peace agreement.


According to news reports, the recent security situations in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq have deteriorated greatly. Kerry visited the Middle East over the weekend, his 10th time since taking office. His visit included meetings with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah.

Djerejian is a leading expert on the complex political, security, economic, religious and ethnic issues of the Middle East and South Asia. He served in the U.S. Foreign Service under eight presidents, from John F. Kennedy to Bill Clinton. Prior to his nomination by Clinton as U.S. ambassador to Israel, he was assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs in both the George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations. He also led the Baker Institute’s U.S.-Syria academic and policy dialogue from 2002 to 2005.

Djerejian is also the author of the book “Danger and Opportunity: An American Ambassador’s Journey Through the Middle East.”

The Baker Institute has a radio and television studio available for media who want to schedule an interview with Djerejian. For more information, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.


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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.