The Honorable Edward P. Djerejian, founding director of the Baker Institute, was featured Dec. 9, 2008, on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" television broadcast. The show's hosts spoke with the former U.S. ambassador and assistant secretary of state about his diplomatic career, which spanned the administrations of eight U.S. presidents, as well as about his recent book, "Danger and Opportunity: An American Ambassador's Journey Through the Middle East."
When asked about how the new secretary of state will approach the many foreign policy challenges facing the United States, Djerejian commented, "The important thing will be the relationship between [the secretary] and the president. ... I think the most successful secretaries of state we"ve seen [are] when the relationship between the president and the secretary of state [are] close and no one gets in between that, so that the secretary of state speaks with authority."