Tuesday, August 28, 2012 (5:30 PM – 8:00 PM)
Jones Great Hall, Meadows Museum, SMU Campus (map)
The Honorable Robert Jordan, Diplomat-in-Residence, John G. Tower Center for Political Studies, Southern Methodist University
Ambassador Jordan served as US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 2001-2003. Jordan took charge of his Mission in the wake of the September 11 attacks that radically affected U.S.-Saudi relations. He led American efforts to secure Saudi cooperation in the Middle East following 9/11. As ambassador, he worked closely with President Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell in matters such as the historic presidential summit meetings in Crawford, Texas and Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Ambassador Jordan vigorously led U.S. efforts to encourage Saudi accession to the World Trade Organization and to promote stronger U.S.-Saudi ties in both the public and private sectors. Jordan is a partner with Baker Botts in charge of the firm’s Middle East Practices with offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Riyadh.