Paul W. Jones is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.
Paul Jones has served in a variety of challenging assignments in Europe and Asia. As U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia, 2010-2013, he led significant growth in the U.S.-Malaysian relationship. He served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires three times: the Philippines (2005-2009); the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Vienna (2004-2005); and Macedonia (1996-1999). He has also served in Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Colombia.
In Washington, Paul Jones was Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, under the late Richard Holbrooke, and concurrently Deputy Assistant Secretary of State. He was Director of the South Central Europe office and, previously, Desk Officer for the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. He served twice on the staff of the Secretary of State, as Director of the Secretariat Staff and in the 24-hour Operations Center.
Paul Jones is a career member of the State Department’s Senior Foreign Service. His awards include the Presidential Meritorious Service Award, the Robert C. Frasure Memorial Award for peace building, and several Superior Honor Awards. He speaks Spanish and Russian.
Paul Jones graduated from Cornell University and received master’s degrees from the University of Virginia and the Naval War College. He is also a graduate of the State Department’s Senior Seminar.