On December 15, 2015, the Bilateral Chamber was pleased to co-host an informative briefing with The Honorable Robert Jordan, former U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Ambassador Jordan shared with the participants his experiences serving as U.S. Ambassador from 2001-2003, amidst the 9/11 climate. Additionally, Ambassador Jordan offered his first-hand perspectives on current U.S.-Saudi relations as they relate to the Kingdom’s internal progress regarding women’s rights and reform, Saudi youth and education, and the role of developing business and foreign investment in Saudi Arabia.
Robert Jordan is Diplomat in Residence and Adjunct Professor of Political Science in the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 2001-2003. He took charge of his mission in the wake of the attacks of September 11 at a critical time in U.S.-Saudi relations. He was a partner in the international law firm Baker Botts L.L.P. for many years and headed the firm’s Middle East practice based in Dubai.
He is Vice Chair of the Tower Center Board of Directors and of the Board of Governors of the Middle East Institute. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a past president of the Dallas Bar Association and the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association Commercial Panel of Arbitrators, the Panel of Distinguished Neutrals of the CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, and the London Court of International Arbitration. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Bilateral U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce and is a frequent commentator with international media including CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, Bloomberg and the New York Times. His memoir, Desert Diplomat: Inside Saudi Arabia Following 9/11, was published by Potomac Books in 2015.
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