Edward P. Djerejian served as US ambassador to Israel between 1993 and 1994. Prior to that, he served as the US ambassador to Syria from 1989 to 1991 and as the assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs during both the Clinton and the H.W. Bush administrations.
America’s role has been both as a catalyst and a party that stood by.
He is the founding director of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Texas.
Ambassador Djerejian is considered an expert on the Middle East, US foreign policy and national security, and has been an important figure in the Arab-Israeli peace process.
He is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, Department of State's Distinguished Honor Award, and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
He is also the author of Danger and Opportunity: An American Ambassador's Journey Through the Middle East .
Empire went to the Baker Institute, in Houston, Texas, to visit Ambassador Djerejian who shared his insights and discussed with us how the US has missed opportunities and why a “strong American hand” is critical to this process.
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Source: Al Jazeera