Rice names Edward P. Djerejian founding director of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. Former Secretary of State James A. Baker, III calls Ambassador Djerejian "simply one of the best diplomats I know." An expert on foreign policy and Middle Eastern affairs, during 30 years of public service, Djerejian held positions under Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and William J. Clinton, including U.S. Ambassador to Israel and to the Syrian Arab Republic. Under Djerejian's leadership, the Baker Institute quickly joins the nation's leading nonpartisan think-tanks.