Obama to Nominate Ambassador to Libya, First Since Chris Stevens Was Murdered in Benghazi
12:14 PM, Mar 13, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The White House announced that it intends to nominate Deborah K. Jones to be the next U.S. ambassador to Libya. If confirmed, she'll be the first ambassador to that country since Chris Stevens was murdered in Benghaz, Libya on September 11, 2012.
"Ambassador Deborah K. Jones, Nominee for Ambassador to Libya, Department of State," the White House announcement reads.
"Ambassador Deborah K. Jones, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, is Scholar-in-Residence at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC. Previously, she was Senior Faculty Advisor for National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College. From 2008 to 2011, she served as U.S. Ambassador to the State of Kuwait. Ambassador Jones joined the Department of State in 1982. Her additional overseas posts include: Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey (2005-2007), Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (1998-2001), Consular Section Chief/Regional Counselor Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (1992-1994), and Consular Section Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Damascus, Syria (1990-1991). Her Washington assignments include: Director of the Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs and Iran (2002-2004) and Acting Public Affairs Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Near East Affairs (1994-1995). Ambassador Jones received a B.A. from Brigham Young University and an M.S. from the National War College of the National Defense University."