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U.S. Foreign Policy: Continuity and Change after 9/11: Conversation with A. Elizabeth Jones, Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia, October 22, 2002, by Harry Kreisler

This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.

Welcome to a Conversation with History. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our guest today is Elizabeth Jones, who is the Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, the U.S. Department of State.

A. Elizabeth Jones, of Bethesda, Maryland, was sworn in as Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs on May 31, 2001. Previously, she served as Senior Advisor for Caspian Basin Energy Diplomacy after having been Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the State Department's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (1998-2000). Ms. Jones was Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan (1995-98) and Executive Assistant to Secretary of State Warren Christopher (1993-94). Her overseas assignments were concentrated in the Middle East, South Asia, and Germany.

  1. Background ... influence of parents ... understanding diverse communities ... beyond stereotypes ... pride of citizenship ... undergraduate education at Swarthmore ... importance of history
  2. Being a Diplomat ... finding common ground ... skills ... knowing our American characteristics ... power is not everything in negotiating ... focus on the problem and how to solve it ... understanding cultural motivations ... getting over the impediments to negotiations
  3. Women in the Foreign Service ... greater opportunities today ... women's strengths
  4. Foreign Policy in a Democracy ... communications between the field and headquarters ... policymaking is energizing
  5. NATO ... enlargement of NATO as a case study ... U.S. - German relations ... role of the media ... capability gap ... "niche" capability
  6. U.S. - Russia Relations after 9/11 ... Russia and NATO ... oil ... market principles ... Chechnya
  7. Foreign Policy after 9/11 ... start with basic principles ... persuasive common interests ... civil society and NGOs ... linking existing programs to respond to terrorism ... addressing the sources of discontent
  8. The U.S. and Emerging Central Asian Democracies ... importance of staying the course ... responding to deaths of Zia and U.S. ambassador ... democratic developments in Pakistan today
  9. Lessons Learned ... U.S. and multilateralism ... establishing priorities among conflicting goals ... advice to students

See Elizabeth Jones' biography at the U.S. Department of State website.

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