Robert W. Jordan, former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, shared stories about his experiences overseas with the Preston Hollow Women’s Club last Thursday. His lecture was arranged by longtime friend Karen Fry, a Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent who is the club’s head of programs and its past president.
Jordan took charge of his mission in Saudi Arabia just a few weeks after the 9/11 attacks and worked closely with President George W. Bush, Colin Powell and other administration officials in engaging the Saudis on fighting terrorism and advancing human rights, women’s rights, and religious freedom. He was instrumental in promoting the economic reforms necessary for Saudi Arabia to join the World Trade Organization.
After his service as ambassador, he returned to the international law firm Baker Botts and headed the firm’s Middle East offices, residing in Dubai until his retirement from the firm. He is now Diplomat in Residence at the John Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University. He frequently provides commentary on media outlets, including CNN, Fox, Bloomberg, CNBC, Al Jazeera, and MSNBC. His memoir, Desert Diplomat, will be published this summer.