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Picture of A. Elizabeth JonesBIOGRAPHY

A. Elizabeth Jones
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
Term of Appointment: 05/31/2001 to 03/01/2005

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A. Elizabeth Jones, of Bethesda, Maryland, was sworn in as Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs on May 31, 2001. Previously, she served as Senior Advisor for Caspian Basin Energy Diplomacy after having been Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the State Department's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (1998-2000). Ms. Jones was Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan (1995-98) and Executive Assistant to Secretary of State Warren Christopher (1993-94). Her other Washington assignments include Deputy Director for Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and Iraq (1983-84), Lebanon Desk Officer (1981-83), and public affairs officer in the Near East and South Asia Bureau (1972-73).

Her overseas assignments were concentrated in the Middle East, South Asia, and Germany. She was Deputy Chief of Mission in Bonn, Germany (1992-93) and in Islamabad, Pakistan (1988-92). She headed the Economic/Commercial Section in the U.S. Mission in West Berlin (1985-88). She served as Deputy Principal Officer in the U.S. Interests Section in Baghdad, Iraq (1979-80), Political Officer in Amman, Jordan (1977-79) and in Cairo, Egypt (1973-75). She studied Arabic in Beirut, Tunis, and Cairo (1975-77). Her first Foreign Service post was Kabul, Afghanistan (1971-72); she joined the Foreign Service in October 1970.

Ambassador Jones was born in Germany in 1948, while her parents were assigned there with the U.S. Foreign Service. She attended local high schools in Moscow, U.S.S.R., and West Berlin, Germany, while her parents were on diplomatic assignments there. She graduated from Swarthmore College in 1970 with a B.A. in history and in 1986 earned a Masters degree in international relations from Boston University's overseas program in Berlin. Ambassador Jones speaks Russian, German, and Arabic and is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Ambassador.

Released on June 4, 2001
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