Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the United States of America to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Ambassador Paul W. Jones became U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. to Pakistan in September 2018.
Ambassador Jones has served twice previously as U.S. Ambassador (to Malaysia and Poland), and has wide-ranging experience in South and Southeast Asia. As U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia (2010-13), he led significant growth in the bilateral relationship, particularly in commercial, people-to-people, and defense ties. In Washington, D.C., he served concurrently as Deputy U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs (2009-10). Jones was Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, the Philippines (2005-09).
In Europe, Ambassador Jones’ tenure in Poland (2015-18) was marked by a major expansion of security ties, including significant U.S. military deployments and defense contracts, growing trade and investment, and new youth exchange programs. As Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs (2013-15), he was responsible for all aspects of U.S. policy and operations in Europe, particularly Russia and Ukraine. He served previously as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Vienna, Austria (2004-05) and in the same position at the U.S. Embassy in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia (1996-99).
Ambassador Jones concurrently served as the Deputy Commandant and International Affairs Advisor at the National War College, National Defense University, in Washington, D.C. He 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 Russian, Spanish, and some Polish. He graduated from Cornell University and received master’s degrees from the University of Virginia and the Naval War College.
Ambassador Jones is married to Catherine Jones, author and technology entrepreneur in the fields of health and nutrition. They have two grown children, Aleksandra and Hale.