Edward Peter Djerejian (born March 6, 1939) is a former United States diplomat who served in eight administrations from John F. Kennedy to Bill Clinton (1962–94.) He served as the United States Ambassador to Syria (1988–91) and Israel (1993–94), Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan and Deputy Press Secretary of Foreign Affairs (1985–1986), and was Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs (1991–1993.) He is the director of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and on the board of trustees of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Djerejian was elected chairman of Occidental Petroleum Corporation’s board of directors (2013–2015). He is managing partner of Djerejian Global Consultancies, LLP. Djerejian is the author of the book Danger and Opportunity: An American Ambassador's Journey Through the Middle East (Simon & Schuster, Threshold Editions, September 2008. ISBN 1-416-55493-9)
Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian
|United States Ambassador to Israel|
|Preceded by||William Caldwell Harrop|
|Succeeded by||Martin Indyk|
|Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs|
September 30, 1991 – December 17, 1993
|President||George H. W. Bush|
|Preceded by||John Hubert Kelly|
|Succeeded by||Robert Pelletreau|
|United States Ambassador to Syria|
George H. W. Bush
|Preceded by||William L. Eagleton, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Christopher W.S. Ross|
Edward Peter Djerejian
March 6, 1939
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Georgetown University|
Life and educationEdit
Of Armenian descent, Djerejian was born in New York in 1939. He graduated from Georgetown University in 1960. Djerejian served in the US Army in Korea for the next two years, and then joined the Foreign Service.
He served as special assistant to Under Secretary of State George Ball (1962–64), a political officer in Beirut, Lebanon (1965–69) and in Casablanca, Morocco (1969–72), executive assistant to Under Secretary of State Joseph J. Sisco (1972–1975), consul general in Bordeaux, France (1975–77), officer in the Bureau of European Affairs (1978–79), chief of the US Embassy's political section in Moscow (1979–81), deputy chief of the US Mission to Jordan (1981–84), Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan and Deputy Press Secretary of Foreign Affairs (1985–1986), Deputy Assistant Secretary of Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs (1986–88), Ambassador to Syria (1989–1991), Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs (1991–93), United States Ambassador to Israel (1993–94), Director of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University (August 1994–present).
Djerejian, as Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs in an official speech, coined the description of the purported democratic goals of Islamic radicals as "One man, one vote, one time."
Ambassador Djerejian was asked by Secretary of State Colin Powell to chair the congressionally mandated bipartisan Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy for the Arab and Muslim World which published its report in October 2003. He was Senior Policy Advisor to the congressionally mandated bipartisan Iraq Study Group which published its report in December, 2006. In 2010 he chaired the Baker Institute's workshop that produced the report "Getting to the Territorial Endgame of an Israeli-Palestinian Peace Settlement".
Ambassador Djerejian has been awarded the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, the Department of State's Distinguished Honor Award, the President's Meritorious Service Award, the Anti-Defamation League’s Moral Statesman Award, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Award for Humanitarian Diplomacy from Netanya Academic College in Israel, and the Association of Rice Alumni 2009 Gold Medal—the highest honor bestowed by the association in recognition of extraordinary service to the university. Djerejian is also the recipient of the National Order of the Cedar bestowed by President Lahoud of Lebanon, the Order of Ouissam Alaouite bestowed by King Mohammed VI of Morocco and the Medal of Honor bestowed by President Sargsyan of Armenia.
He is managing partner of Djerejian Global Consultancies, LLP. Ambassador Djerejian was Chairman of Occidental Petroleum Corporation’s Board of Directors between 2013–2015. In 2011 he was named to the board of trustees of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and Vice Chairman of the Board (2018-2019.) He serves as well on several nonprofit boards. In 2011, Djerejian 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.
He served in the United States Army as a first lieutenant in the Republic of Korea following his graduation from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University, as well as an honorary doctorate in humanities from Georgetown and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Middlebury College.
He is married to Françoise Andree Liliane Marie (Haelters) Djerejian. They have two children, Gregory Djerejian and Francesca Natalia Djerejian, and two grandchildren, Isabel Djerejian and Sebastian Djerejian.
Notes and referencesEdit
- "Baker Institute – Ambassador Djerejian – Biography". September 2004. Archived from the original on February 2, 2007. Retrieved February 27, 2008.
- U.S. State Department Archives (People)
- State Department Foreign Service Institute
- Meridian House Speech, Washington, D.C., June 4, 1992
- Changing Minds, Winning Peace
- Getting to the Territorial Endgame of an Israeli-Palestinian Peace Settlement Archived November 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
William L. Eagleton, Jr.
| U.S. Ambassador to Syria
Christopher W.S. Ross
William Caldwell Harrop
| U.S. Ambassador to Israel
John Hubert Kelly
| Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs
September 30, 1991 – December 17, 1993