Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary/Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs (2016–2017)
US Ambassador to Iraq (2014–2016)
US Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (2011-2014)
Ambassador Stuart Jones joined The Cohen Group in September, 2017, after stepping down as the State Department’s senior diplomat for Middle Eastern Affairs. A thirty-year veteran of the US Foreign Service, he brings extensive regional, policy, and also business development experience to The Cohen Group’s Middle East Practice.
As Acting Assistant Secretary, Ambassador Jones led the State Department’s Bureau of Near East Asian Affairs during a period of unprecedented regional conflict. He accompanied President Trump to the historic Riyadh Summit in May, 2017, and on the President’s first visit to Israel. Ambassador Jones also served as a senior adviser to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and traveled extensively in the region to advance the Secretary’s regional priorities.
Prior to returning to Washington, Ambassador Jones served as the US Ambassador to Iraq from 2014 to 2016. During his term, the US-led international coalition against ISIS turned the tide in the fight against extremists in Iraq, and introduced a massive stabilization program, which has enabled millions of displaced Iraqis to return to their homes. Ambassador Jones’ term also coincided with a rejuvenation in the US-Iraqi strategic relationship.
From 2011 to 2014, Ambassador Jones served as the US Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, where he oversaw a rapid expansion of US security and development assistance to one of the United States’ closest partners, in response to pressures created by the Syrian civil war.
Ambassador Jones’ other foreign tours include Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Iraq from 2010 to 2011, Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Egypt from 2005 to 2008, and Governorate Coordinator in Al Anbar Province Iraq, under the Coalition Provisional Authority in 2004. Ambassador Jones also spent two tours in Turkey, as Political Counselor at the US Embassy in Turkey and also as Principal Officer at the US Consulate in Adana, Turkey.
In Washington, Ambassador Jones served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for European Affairs, where he focused on the European Union and Balkans issues, from 2008 to 2010. On the National Security Staff, under President George W. Bush, he was Country Director for Iraq. He also served as the Special Assistant to then-US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
He has received numerous awards and honors, including the Order of Independence from His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan, and the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award the State Department’s highest honor, from Secretary of State John Kerry.
A native of Philadelphia, Ambassador Jones is a graduate of Duke University, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is married to Barbara L. Jones, also a State Department official, and they have three children.