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.
hopes that these connections will strengthen the ties between the two states and their peoples.
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.
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.
previous overseas assignments include: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Baghdad, Iraq; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Damascus, Syria.
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
Ms. Jones has also served on the Board of Examiners for the Foreign Service.
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.
as an authority on the region after having served in it since 1982 in various capacities and in different countries.
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.
confirmed America's interest in spreading democracy worldwide and insisted that it is the only choice.
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
However, in an increasingly globalizing world and larger population size, Amb.
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.
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.
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?