A. Elizabeth Jones

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A. Elizabeth Jones

A. Elizabeth Jones (born 1948 in Munich, Germany) served as the U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan, from 1995 to 1997.[1] She served as the U.S. assistant secretary of state for Europe and Eurasia in 2003.[2] She was promoted to the rank of Career Ambassador in 2004.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Jones was born in Munich to parents in the U.S. Foreign Service, and grew up in Moscow and Berlin, where she attended local schools.[4] She is a graduate of Swarthmore College.

Terrorism in Central Asia[edit]

Jones testified on the threat of terrorism in Central Asia before the United States House of Representatives' subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia on 29 October 2003. Jones said the greatest threats to the Central Asian states are the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which she described as an Islamic terrorist organization, and Hizb ut-Tahrir, which praises attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq. She said that despite the death of IMU leader Juma Namangani, the "IMU is still active in the region -- particularly in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan -- and it represents a serious threat to the region and therefore to our interests."[2]


  1. ^ Kazakhstan, Central Asia The Political Graveyard
  2. ^ a b U.S.: Diplomat sees growing terrorism challenge in Central Asia RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
  3. ^ "Career Ambassadors". United States Department of State. Archived from the original on 12 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-17.
  4. ^ Conversation with A. Elizabeth Jones, p. 1 of 9

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
William H. Courtney
United States Ambassador to Kazakhstan
Succeeded by
Richard H. Jones
Government offices
Preceded by
Marc Grossman
Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs
June 1, 2001 – February 28, 2005
Succeeded by
Daniel Fried