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Deborah_K._Jones_ambassadorDeborah Jones, the United States ambassador to Libya, will speak on US–Libya relations at the second of this semester’s Ashe Distinguished Lecture Series on Tuesday, April 21, at UT.

Sponsored by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, the event will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium at the Baker Center. It is free and open to the public.

A Department of State employee since 1982, Jones became ambassador to Libya in May 2013. She previously served as scholar in residence at the Middle East Institute, senior faculty advisor for national security affairs at the US Naval War College, US ambassador to Kuwait, and US consul general in Istanbul, Turkey.

Additional overseas assignments include posts in Argentina, Iraq, Tunisia, Syria, Ethiopia, and the United Arab Emirates. Other Washington assignments with the Department of State include a position in the secretariat’s seventh-floor operations center, acting public affairs advisor to the assistant secretary for Near East Affairs, and director of the Office of Arabian Peninsula and Iran Affairs.

Jones received a bachelor’s degree in history from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in national security strategy from National Defense University. Her husband serves as US ambassador to Pakistan.

The Baker Center is a nonpartisan institute devoted to education and research concerning public policy and civic engagement.

The Ashe Distinguished Lecture series is part of the Baker Center’s leadership and governance policy program and is supported by former Ambassador to Poland and Knoxville Mayor, Victor Ashe. Ambassadors and mayors are invited to speak on a variety of public policy matters, including foreign relations, diplomacy, world affairs, and local government.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Deborah Jones will be available to talk to the media from 5:00 to 5:15 p.m. in the Rotunda Reading Room of the Baker Center.


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