Nasser Judeh

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Nasser S. Judeh
Nasser Judeh June 2015.jpg
Deputy Prime Minister
In office
May 2015 – 15 January 2017
MonarchAbdullah II
Prime MinisterAbdullah Ensour
Hani Al-Mulki
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs
In office
23 February 2009 – 15 January 2017
MonarchAbdullah II
Prime MinisterNader al-Dahabi
Samir Rifai
Marouf al-Bakhit
Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh
Fayez Tarawneh
Abdullah Ensour
Hani Al-Mulki
Preceded bySalah Bashir
Succeeded byAyman Safadi
Personal details
Born (1961-07-11) 11 July 1961 (age 57)
Amman, Jordan
NationalityJordanian
Political partyIndependent
Spouse(s)
Princess Sumaya bint Hassan
(m. 1992; div. 2008)
Children4
Education
Alma materGeorgetown University

Senator Nasser S. Judeh (born 11 July 1961; Arabic:ناصر جوده nāṣir jūdeh) is a Jordanian politician who served as Jordan's longest serving Minister of Foreign Affairs (later Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates), having served between 2009 and 2017 in eight consecutive governments. He also served as Deputy Prime Minister of Jordan from 2015 to 2017. He currently serves as a senator in the Jordanian Upper House of Parliament.

Early life and education[edit]

Judeh was born in Amman in 1961.[1][2] His father, Sami Hassan Judeh, is the most senior minister and parliamentarian in Jordan having served in several cabinet and senior government positions, as well as the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament between 1957 and 2004.

Judeh received primary education at College de La Salle in Amman from 1966 to 1975, and then attended Eastbourne College in Sussex in England from 1975 to 1979.[3] He was educated in the United States at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and obtained a bachelor of arts degree in international politics, law and organization in 1982.[3]

Career[edit]

Nasser Judeh with Obamas

Judeh served at the Royal Hashemite Court with the late King Hussein. and then Crown Prince Hassan bin Talal from 1985 to 1992.[1] He was appointed head of the Jordan Information Bureau in London in 1992 and served there until 1994.[2] Then he was named as the director of Jordan Television in 1994. His tenure lasted until 1998, when he was appointed director general of the Jordan Radio and Television Corporation.[1] He was appointed Minister of Information in August 1998 and also served as the official spokesman for the Government. He left the government in 1999 and worked in the private sector for a few years.[2] He returned to office in 2005 again as the official spokesman for the Government, and subsequently was appointed Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communication in 2007,[4] serving in that post until 2009. During this period, he also acted as the government spokesperson.[5]

Judeh was appointed by King Abdullah II as Minister of Foreign Affairs in the cabinet of Prime Minister Nader Dahabi.[6] He continued to serve as Foreign Minister in all the cabinets formed between 2009 and 2017. He held the portfolio of Foreign Minister for the fifth time in the cabinet who assumed the post on 11 October 2012.[7] Judeh retained his post in the second cabinet of Ensour formed on 30 March 2013.[8] In 2015 he was made Deputy Prime Minister alongside his role as Foreign Minister. His tenure as Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister ended on 15 January 2017 after a cabinet reshuffle.[9] He was appointed to the Senate of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on July 9th, 2017.

Ministerial activities[edit]

Judeh during the WEF 2013

During his time in office as Foreign Minister, Judeh travelled the world to promote bilateral relations with Jordan and to participate in regional and international conferences. He presided over the United Nations Security Council several times during Jordan's two year membership on the Council in 2014 and 2015 Jordan also held the presidency of the 143rd Arab League ministerial council for six months in 2015 where Foreign Minister Judeh presided over several meetings of Arab Foreign Ministers.

Minister Judeh worked tirelessly and passionately to address the key challenges facing the Middle East region and the world; Conflict Resolution and in particular the pursuit of peace between Palestinians and Israelis; finding a political solution in war-ravaged Syria and dealing with the danger and threat of radicalisation, extremism and global terrorism. He advocated His Majesty King Abdullah's vision of peace and dialogue on regional and international issues, and in explaining the true message of Islam as a religion of peace, dialogue and openness.

Mr. Judeh worked with colleagues, ministers and counterparts from the region and the world, participating in numerous conferences, working groups and initiatives. He remains committed to the pursuit of peace and meeting other challenges, as a private citizen.

International contributions[edit]

On 13 September 2017, he was invited by the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to join the High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation comprising 18 internationally-recognized personalities who will bring experience and skills, deep knowledge and extensive contacts to this extremely important task.

He was recently announced as a centennial fellow at the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University, his alma mater.

Judeh contributes to publications and journals addressing issues that are close to his heart.

Judeh is the honorary co-chair of the binational Fulbright commission in Jordan.[10]


Decorations[edit]

  • The Grand Cordon of the Order of Al Kawkab – Jordan
  • The Grand Cordon of the Order of Al-Istiklal(Independence) – Jordan
  • Commander of the Order of Al-Istiklal – Jordan
  • Order of Officer of the French Legion of Honour– France
  • Grand Officer of Orange – Netherlands[11]
  • Knight Commander of the Order of Civil Merit - Spain


Personal life[edit]

Judeh was married to Princess Sumaya bint Hassan (born 14 May 1971), a daughter of Prince Hassan bin Talal an uncle of King Abdullah II.[12] They have four children: twins, Tariq and Zein (born 1994), Ali (born 1996) and Sukayna (born 1998).[13]


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Nasser Judeh". Guide to political life in Jordan. Archived from the original on 30 December 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Interview with Nasser Judeh". Diva International. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). European Parliament. 29 February 2012. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Biographies for Jordan's New government". Dazzlepod. Wikileaks. 26 November 2007. Archived from the original on 31 December 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Business Scene". The Star. 25 August 2007. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  6. ^ "New Jordanian ministers sworn in". BBC Monitoring International Reports. 24 February 2009. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  7. ^ Musa Hattar (11 October 2012). "Jordan gets new cabinet ahead of polls". The Daily Star. Amman. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Ensour 19-member Cabinet sworn in". The Jordan Times. 30 March 2013. Archived from the original on 20 December 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Cabinet reshuffle sees 5 new ministers in, 7 out". The Jordan Times. 15 January 2017. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Board Members". Fulbright. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  11. ^ Wael Al Jaraisheh; Banan Malkawi (30 March 2013). "Preliminary Reading into Jordan's New Government". Ammon News. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  12. ^ "Jordan's New Cabinet: Summary and Selected Bios". Wikileaks. 30 December 2009. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  13. ^ "Family". Hassan bin Talal Website. Archived from the original on 13 December 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2013.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Salah Bashir
Foreign Minister of Jordan
23 February 2009 – 15 January 2017
Succeeded by
Ayman Safadi