Former US ambassador to Syria available for interview on Syrian presidential election


David Ruth

 Former US ambassador to Syria available for interview on Syrian presidential election

HOUSTON – (June 4, 2014) – Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Syria, is available to discuss yesterday’s all-but-assured re-election of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Al-Assad’s family has held power in Syria for more than 40 years, and critics decried the election as a sham, along with opposition groups who boycotted the election.

To schedule an interview with Djerejian, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6327.

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.”


Edward Djerejian
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About David Ruth

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