Jones, A. Elizabeth
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
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This shortened biography is suitable for oral presentation.Beth Jones was born in Germany while her parents were assigned there with the U.S. Foreign Service. She attended local high schools in Moscow and West Berlin, while her parents were on diplomatic assignments there. She graduated from Swarthmore College and earned a Masters degree from Boston University. Ambassador Jones speaks Russian, German, and Arabic. She is married and has two children.
A. Elizabeth Jones was sworn in as Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs on May 31, 2001. She joined the Foreign Service in 1970. Her overseas assignments -- concentrated in the Middle East, South Asia and Germany -- included Kabul, Islamabad, New Delhi, Baghdad, Amman, Cairo, Beirut, Tunis, West Berlin and Bonn. She served as Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan. In Washington, she was the Lebanon Desk Officer, Deputy Director for Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Iraq, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Near East Bureau. She also served as Executive Assistant to Secretary Warren Christopher and directed the office of Caspian Basin Energy Diplomacy.
Released on May 9, 2003