Posted by Joshua on Monday, December 21st, 2009
Everyone is talking about the Saad Hariri speech to the Lebanese parliament – see it here on YouTube. Very funny. He is not very literate in Arabic.
Ambassador Joseph Adam Ereli may be the next US representative in Damascus according to As-Safir. The list of officials who have been mentioned in the press as possible ambassadors grows ever longer. We will wait and see….
Ereli on YouTube talking about his London job overseeing the Office of Regional Media Outreach. (At 4 minutes he talks about Arab-Israeli conflict)
Here is a press conference Ereli gave about Syria in 2005 in response to President Assad’s Damascus University speech.
Ambassador Adam J. Ereli arrived in Baghdad 31 May 2008 to serve as the Public Affairs Counselor at the United States Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq from 2008 to 2009.
From 2007 to 2008 he has served as Ambassador to Bahrain. He will return to the post when his tour in Iraq is completed in 2009.
Prior to his appointment as Ambassador to Bahrain, Ereli was Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy for Overseas Communications, based in London. There he oversaw regional communications hubs in Brussels and Dubai, and the Arab Media Outreach Center in London.
J. Adam Ereli, according to his U.S. Department of State biography, “became Deputy Spokesman of the Department of State in August 2003. In this capacity, he oversees the Office of Press Relations, Office of Regional Media Outreach, the Foreign Press Centers and the Press Office at USAID. Previously, Mr. Ereli served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Doha, Qatar, from 2000 to 2003.
“He joined the Foreign Service in 1989 and has served abroad as a Junior Officer in Cairo, Egypt, Program Officer in Damascus, Syria, Cultural Affairs Officer in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Public Affairs Officer in Sanaa, Yemen. In Washington, Mr. Ereli served as Director of the Office of Press and Public Affairs in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs and as Director of the Office of Press Relations in the Bureau of Public Affairs. Mr. Ereli’s awards include a Meritorious Honor Award, a Meritorious Step Increase, and three Superior Honor Awards.
“Mr. Ereli earned a B.A. in History from Yale University in 1982 and an M.A. in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1989. Before entering the Foreign Service, he worked as a journalist and human rights activist in Paris, France. He speaks French and Arabic. He is married to Marina Pastuhov Ereli.” 
The Angry Arab on Ereli – funny, even if mean….
Why the Road to Peace May Run Through Damascus
Mohamad Bazzi, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies
December 18, 2009
Is peace possible between Syria and Israel? That question has taken on new urgency after the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered to negotiate with the Syrian president Bashar Assad “anytime, anywhere”–and Mr Assad rebuffed the approach.
He is correct in assuming that a meeting with Mr Netanyahu at the moment would be nothing more than a photo-op. But that should not discourage the administration of the US president Barack Obama from pushing for renewed Syrian-Israeli negotiations…..