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This profile was last updated on 9/6/09  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Hon. Deborah K. Jones

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Employment History

  • Career Member
    Senior Foreign Service , Class of Counselor
  • Country Director
    Arabian Peninsula
  • US Ambassador
  • Scholar-in-Residence
    Middle East Institute
  • Career Member
    Foreign Service
  • Board of Examiners
    Foreign Service

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Public Affairs Advisor To the Assistant Secretary
    Near East Affairs
  • Staff Assistant To the Assistant Secretary
    Near East Affairs
  • Board Member
    Foreign Service


  • Bachelor of Science , History
    Brigham Young University
  • Master of Science , National Security Strategy
    National War College of the National Defense University
  • Master of Science , National Security Strategy
  • Arabic
    Foreign Service Institute
  • B.S. , History
    Brigham Young University
  • B.S. , History
  • M.S. , National Security Strategy
    National War College of the National Defense University
  • M.S. , National Security Strategy
    Distinguished Graduate of the National War College of the National Defense University
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PROFILE, 6 Sept 2009 [cached]
Deborah K. Jones
For this reason, Deborah K Jones, the new American Ambassador to the Gulf Emirate of Kuwait has an uphill task ahead of her. However, she seems to have made a major impact in the short period she has served in this capacity. Kuwaiti people have opened their hearts, minds and homes to her in a distinctive and exceptional fashion. She hopes that these connections will strengthen the ties between the two states and their peoples.
Jones is a skilled orator who speaks Spanish and French, and has developed a fluency in Arabic which has made her capable of communicating and reaching all strata in her assignments around the Arab world, including most recently her mission in Kuwait.
Her Service Career
Ambassador Deborah K. Jones is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a B.S. in history (magna cum laude) and a distinguished graduate of the National War College of the National Defence University with an M.S. in national security strategy. She is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, having been with the Department of State since 1982. Prior to her new assignment as Ambassador, she served as Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey. Her previous overseas assignments include: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Baghdad, Iraq; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Damascus, Syria. Her service in Washington, D.C. includes two years as Country Director of the Office of Arabian Peninsula and Iran Affairs in addition to assignments as Staff Assistant to Assistant Secretary for Near East and South Asia Affairs Richard Murphy, Acting Public Affairs Advisor to Assistant Secretary for Near East Affairs, Desk Officer for Jordan, and duty in the Department's Operations Center. Ms. Jones has also served on the Board of Examiners for the Foreign Service. She is one of the experts in the field of "peaceful diplomacy".
Kuwaiti former Minister of Information Mr. Saad bin-Tifla, who hosted Ambassador Deborah Jones in his diwaniya for an hour-long discussion on issues of mutual interest, said that the Ambassador was a a "friend from a friendly country. Incidentally, the event was held on the international Friendship Day in the Kuwaiti suburb of Jabiriya. He described her as an authority on the region after having served in it since 1982 in various capacities and in different countries.
Ambassador Jones noted that the relationship between the Arab world and the United States has always been a complex, dynamic, perplexing one. From the early days of American involvement in the Gulf region, the United States has played an significant role in its development, identity and security.
Jones confirmed America's interest in spreading democracy worldwide and insisted that it is the only choice. She quoted the words of President Thomas Jefferson, one of the American forefathers and an architect of the US republic, that the best government is the tribal one since the tribal chief knows every member of his clan by name and can represent and act in the best interests of his people. However, in an increasingly globalizing world and larger population size, Amb. Jones remarked that tribal government must give way to democratic principles that have the institutional ability to represent the public.
Language Builds Bridges
Last May, Ambassador Jones addressed students of the ACCESS Microscholarship Program, administered by AMIDEAST, at their graduation ceremony, saying, "It is important that we Kuwaitis and Americans - share with one another our perspectives, our cultures, and our aspirations. Communication builds strong international bridges of understanding that will endure long into the future. She added that "by learning a new language, each and every one of you is helping to foster and fine-tune a dialogue between the future leaders of our two great nations. Land is not a genetic gift; it is a social gift. Following her speech, she welcomed the students to the club of English speakers, noting that learning a new language unlocks a new world of possibilities. The ceremony was attended by 115 students that had completed their 2-year ACCESS program, as well as another 75 who completed the first year, in addition to 48 students who completed a weekend program. The certificates were then given out by Ambassador Jones.
The question is: Will Ambassador Deborah Jones succeed in implementing peaceful diplomacy in the Gulf region, to promote peace between the region and the US, in the post-Saddam era?
Arab Voices Radio Talk Show - 2008 Community Calendar [cached]
Luncheon with The Honorable Deborah Jones, U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait
Ms. Jones is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor. Ms. Jones entered the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State in April 1982. She was confirmed by the United States Senate as Ambassador to Kuwait on April 1, 2008.
Most recently Ms. Jones served as Principal Officer at Consulate General Istanbul, Turkey. Her previous overseas assignments include service in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Baghdad, Iraq; Damascus, Syria; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She has served in Washington DC in the Department of State's Executive Secretariat (Operations Center); as Staff Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Near East and South Asia Affairs; as Acting Public Affairs Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Near East Affairs; as the Jordan Desk Officer (International Relations); and as Country Director for the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Ms. Jones has also served on the Board of Examiners for the Foreign Service. She studied Arabic at the Foreign Service Institute in Rosslyn, Virginia and at the Department of State's Field School in Tunis, Tunisia.
Big Park Community School, 14 Aug 2015 [cached]
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The US ambassador Deborah Jones says the talks are key.
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Ambassador Deborah K. Jones
Ambassador Deborah K. Jones, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of MinisterCounselor, was nominated by President Obama to serve as the U.S.
Ambassador Jones served as Scholar-in-Residence at the Middle East Institute from August 2012 to March 2013. Prior to that she was detailed as Senior Faculty Advisor for National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
Ms Jones served as U.S. Ambassador to the State of Kuwait from 2008 to 2011 and as Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey from 2005 to 2007.
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