New York, February 24, 2011 – The EastWest Institute is pleased to announce that General James L. Jones, who served as National Security Advisor from January 2009 to November 2010, has joined its Board of Directors.
“General Jones was deeply involved with EWI’s high-level strategic dialogue with both Russia and China before he became national security advisor, and we couldn’t be happier about him joining the board now,” said EWI Co-Chairman Ross Perot, Jr.
After graduating from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1966, Jones embarked on a 40-year career in the Marine Corps, serving in Vietnam and later assuming command and staff positions in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He graduated from the National War College in Washington D.C. in June 1985. From July 1999 to January 2003, General Jones was the 32nd commandant of the Marine Corps. He then served as supreme allied commander, Europe (SACEUR) and commander of U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) until December 2006. After retiring from active duty on February 1, 2007, he was appointed as the Department of State’s special envoy for Middle East security.
Prior to his appointment by President Barack Obama as National Security Advisor, General Jones was president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Chamber Institute for 21st Century Energy. It was during this period that he participated in EWI-organized high-level Track 2 discussions and other EWI activities.
“Based on his distinguished career of public service and the respect he commands worldwide, General Jones is uniquely positioned to help the EastWest Institute in its continued drive to build strategic trust between the major players on the world stage and channel that trust into seeking solutions to some of the most difficult challenges of our era,” EWI President John Edwin Mroz added. “His strategic thinking, pragmatism and ability to think out of the box will be invaluable to us.”