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Ambassador Djerejian Gives Humphreys Lecture

January 16, 2009

DjerejianAmbassador Edward P. Djerejian delivered the Lenore and Francis Humphreys Lecture on November 11. The Humphreys Lecture series is presented by the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs.

Djerejian discussed the theme of his new book, Danger and Opportunity: An American Ambassador’s Journey through the Middle East. He is a leading expert on political, security, economic, religious, and ethnic issues in the Middle East. Ambassador Djerejian served in the administrations of President George H. W. Bush, President Clinton, and President Reagan in a series of key diplomatic posts. Widely recognized for his diplomatic skills and wide-ranging experience, he played key roles in the Arab-Israeli peace process, the first Gulf War, successful efforts to end the civil war and release U.S. hostages in Lebanon, and the establishment of collective and bilateral security arrangements in the Persian Gulf region.

In 2003, at Secretary of State Colin Powell’s request, Ambassador Djerejian chaired a congressionally mandated bipartisan Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy in the Arab and Muslim World. He also served as an Advisory Board member of the Clinton Global Initiative’s working group on Mitigating Religious and Ethnic Conflict at former President Clinton’s invitation. In 2006, Ambassador Djerejian served as a senior advisor to the Iraq Study Group (ISG). He has received numerous awards during his career including the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, the Department of State’s Distinguished Honor Award, and the Anti-Defamation League’s Moral Statesman Award.

Djerejian was the founding director of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. He is currently managing partner of Djerejian Global Consultancies, LLP and serves on several public and nonprofit boards.  The Lenore and Francis Humphreys International Speakers Program is an integral part of the Scowcroft Institute’s program of activities, which includes hosting international speakers and major scholarly conferences, and providing grants to outside researchers to use the holdings of the Bush Library.

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