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Member Exclusive Webinar — The State of the Baker Institute and the Covid-19 Crisis: A Conversation with the Director

At this town hall event exclusively for Baker Institute Roundtable members and supporters, institute Director Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian shared his views on the state of the institute and highlighted how fellows, scholars and staff are addressing the challenges posed by the Covid-19 crisis. He also took questions from Roundtable members.


1:00 p.m. — Presentation
1:20 p.m. — Q&A


This webinar was free and open to members of the Baker Institute Roundtable with the link included in their email invitation. For information about membership, please contact us at 713-348-4945 or

Featured Speaker

The Honorable Edward P. Djerejian’s Foreign Service career spanned eight U.S. administrations, from John F. Kennedy to William J. Clinton. Prior to his nomination as U.S. ambassador to Israel, he was assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs in both the George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations. He was previously the U.S. ambassador to the Syrian Arab Republic. He also served as special assistant to President Ronald Reagan and as deputy press secretary for foreign affairs in the White House. Following his retirement from government service, Djerejian became the director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. He is the author of Danger and Opportunity: An American Ambassador’s Journey Through the Middle East. He has been awarded the Presidential Distinguished Service Award; the Department of State’s Distinguished Honor Award; the Ellis Island Medal of Honor; the Anti- Defamation League’s Moral Statesman Award; the Award for Humanitarian Diplomacy from Netanya Academic College in Israel; the National Order of the Cedar, bestowed by President Émile Lahoud of Lebanon; the Order of Ouissam Alaouite, bestowed by King Mohammed VI of Morocco; and the Order of Honor, bestowed by President Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia. He is also a recipient of the Association of Rice Alumni’s Gold Medal for his service to Rice University. Djerejian is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was a member of the board of trustees of the Carnegie Corporation of New York from 2011 to 2019.




Wed, May 27, 2020
1 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


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