(1950 - )
Richard H. Jones, a career member
of the Senior Foreign Service, was sworn in as Ambassador
to Israel by Deputy
Secretary of State Robert Zoellick on September 6, 2005.
Jones had been serving as the Secretary of State's Senior
Advisor and Coordinator for Iraq Policy (S/I) since February, 2005, where he was the
highest ranking State Department official focused entirely
on Iraq policy. In that capacity, Jones chaired an under-secretary
level interagency steering group charged with reviewing
and developing Iraq policy. He also led U.S. diplomatic
efforts on Iraq with the international community. In
this regard, he managed US preparations for the June
22 Iraq International Conference in Brussels, Belgium.
This unprecedented event gathered together more than
80 high-level delegations, including some 65 national
delegations led by foreign ministers, to pledge political
support for Iraq and its newly elected democratic government.
Prior to assuming his duties as S/I,
Jones served as US Ambassador to Kuwait from September 2001 until July 2004. From November 2003
until June 2004 he served concurrently as Chief Policy
Officer and Deputy Administrator for the Coalition Provisional
Authority in Baghdad.
In Kuwait, Jones focused his efforts on enlisting active
Kuwaiti support for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation
Iraqi Freedom. As Deputy Administrator of the CPA, he
worked directly with Ambassador L. Paul Bremer to implement
the November 15 Agreement with the Iraqi Governing Council.
Among their accomplishments were the successful adoption
of a new law to govern Iraq during the transitional
period, the formation of an Iraqi interim government
and the restoration of sovereignty ahead of schedule.
He won State Department and other US government awards
for his performance in both positions.
Jones has also served as US Ambassador
to Kazakhstan (from December 1998 until July 2001) and as US Ambassador
to Lebanon (from February, 1996 until July, 1998. Previous postings
include Director of the State Department's Office of Egyptian Affairs (1993-95) and Director of its Division of Developed
Country Trade (1987-89). He was twice posted to the
US Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi
Arabia, and has served in Paris and Tunis.
After Kuwait, Jones also served as a Senior Fellow at
the Belfer Center of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy
School of Government from September 2004 until January
2005. He has received US government awards for his work
as Ambassador to Kazakhstan and as Ambassador to Lebanon,
for performance during the Gulf
War and for contributions to commercial and trade
Born on August 26, 1950, at Barksdale
Air Force Base near Shreveport, Louisiana,
Jones has Masters and Doctoral degrees in Business/Statistics
from the University of Wisconsin,
Madison, and a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction
in Mathematics from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. His
foreign languages are Arabic, French, German and Russian.
He has been awarded two US patents and served two terms
on the board of the Saudi Arabian International School
in Riyadh. He and his wife, Joan, are the parents of
four children, two of whom are adults. They enjoy hiking,
bicycling as well as winter and racquet sports.
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