Acting Assistant Secretary of State, Near East Affairs Bureau, U.S. Department of State
Stuart E. Jones, a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service, was appointed principal assistant secretary of state for the Near East Affairs Bureau in October 3, 2016. Jones previously served as U.S. ambassador to Iraq from 2014 to 2016 and as ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan from 2011 to 2014. Ambassador Jones has extensive experience in Iraq. He was deputy chief of mission at the American embassy in Baghdad in 2010-2011, governorate coordinator in Al Anbar Province in 2004, and country director for Iraq at the National Security Council. From 2008 to 2010, Ambassador Jones also served as deputy assistant secretary of state at the State Department's Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. Prior to that, he served as deputy chief of mission at the American Embassy in Cairo, Egypt. Other foreign tours include Turkey, El Salvador, and Colombia, and he was special assistant to the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, Madeleine Albright.