James L. Jones

General James L. Jones, Jr., USMC (Ret.)
  • Presentation of 2018 Distinguished Military Leadership Award to General Curtis M. Scaparrotti

    Atlantic Council
    2018 Distinguished Leadership Awards
    Distinguished Military Leadership Award Presentation

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  • George W. Bush Warns Against Isolationism

    Former US president makes a pitch for preserving PEPFAR

    Former US President George W. Bush, accepting the Atlantic Council’s Distinguished International Leadership Award in Washington on May 10, warned of the dangers of isolationism and said it is critical that the United States step up to the responsibilities of global leadership.

    Bush also made a pitch for securing a program started on his watch that has saved the lives of more than thirteen million people in Africa who are suffering from HIV/AIDS.

    “America is indispensable for the world,” said Bush. “The dangers of isolation loom."

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  • Former US President George W. Bush: "People in the United States Cannot Escape World Responsibility"

    Atlantic Council
    2018 Distinguished Leadership Awards
    Distinguished International Leadership Award Presentation

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  • A Tribute to Wolfgang Ischinger

    US Marine Corps retired Gen. James L. Jones, Jr., interim chairman of the Atlantic Council board of directors, delivered this speech on March 1, 2018.

    Distinguished guests, your excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, Ambassador and Mrs. Ischinger.

    It is a great honor for me to be with you in city of Berlin, which holds such historical significance to Germany and to the transatlantic alliance.

    It is a particular pleasure to be able to pay an American tribute to my friend Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger at this evening’s gala in his honor.

    Tonight, the American-Chamber of Commerce, Germany, recognizes Ambassador Ischinger for his unparalleled lifetime commitment to fostering German-American ties, and to his belief that a robust dialogue between Europe and the United States is as important today as it ever has been. 

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  • Atlantic Council Kicks Off Global Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi

    The Atlantic Council kicked off its second annual Global Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, on January 12.

    Atlantic Council President and Chief Executive Officer Frederick Kempe said that the forum, which marks the start of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, convenes the world’s energy leaders to “take stock of the challenges we face in the year ahead, to identify opportunities, and to set the agenda for a year of cooperation and progress.”

    The forum also seeks to formulate responses to the changing geopolitics of the energy transition, and “shine a light on the unique success of the UAE,” he added.

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  • Atlantic Council Honors Champions of Freedom

    The political, security, and humanitarian challenges facing the world today cannot be overcome without international cooperation and a concerted effort to strengthen the “solidarity of values” of the transatlantic community, Daniel Fried, a recipient of the Atlantic Council’s 2017 Freedom Award, said at the awards ceremony in Warsaw, Poland, on July 7.

    The post-World War II international order created by the collaborative efforts of the United States and Europe “is at risk and under assault from without—from Russia—and from within—from those who doubt the value of what the free world achieved and what the free world stands for,” said Fried, a former assistant secretary of state for Europe who is currently a distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center and Future Europe Initiative.  

    In an ardent call for transatlantic cooperation, Fried said: “We must equally recommit to the free world and the common values which have propelled us this far.”

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  • Trump States US Commitment to Europe, Article 5

    US President Donald J. Trump’s speech in Poland ahead of the G20 summit on July 7 reassured allies and emphasized the importance of the transatlantic relationship, noting that a strong Europe is beneficial for the United States and the whole of the West.

    “When your nations are strong, all the free nations of Europe are stronger, and the West becomes stronger as well,” Trump said in a speech on July 6 in Warsaw. “Together, our nation and yours can bring greater peace, prosperity, and safety to all of our people.”

    “We live today in an era of global volatility…[and] we appeal for transatlantic cooperation,” to deal with the myriad threats facing the international community today, Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Witold Waszczykowski said in a keynote address at the Atlantic Council’s Global Forum in Warsaw.

    Noting the significance of Trump’s trip to Poland and the gravity of his vocal support for the US-European relationship, Waszczykowski called the US president’s visit “an important step to strengthen the transatlantic link and to further our transatlantic ambitions.”

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  • A Tribute to Zbigniew Brzezinski

    albright circle                                    Madeleine Albright
    US Secretary of State (1997-2001)

    “His absence will be felt, and his presence sorely missed, but Zbig’s ideas and his worldview will continue to influence the foreign policy debate for many years to come. In today’s complicated world, we need leaders like Zbig who are both thinkers and doers, who understand history and the need for America’s active involvement in world affairs.”

    Jose-Manuel Barroso updatedGBE                                    Paula J. Dobriansky
    Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs (2001-2009)

    “Zbigniew Brzezinski had a deep, lasting and positive impact on a wide range of crucial US foreign policy matters, including our relations with China, the Middle East, and the future of Central Europe. His brilliant strategic vision and enormous contributions in managing international crises will long endure as prime examples of extraordinary US statecraft.  I feel privileged to have worked with him.” 

    Stuart-E.-Eizenstat                           Chuck Hagel
    US Secretary of Defense (2013-2015)

    “Zbig Brzezinski was one of those unique individuals who possessed both great strength and intellect as well compassion and decency. He’ll be missed by so many of us who relied on his wise counsel and friendship.”

    Anders-Aslund-GBE                                    Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.
    Chairman, Atlantic Council
    Governor of Utah (2005-2009)


    “Zbigniew Brzezinski embodied the quintessence of strategic leadership. His sharp wit and discerning intellect were matched by his unwavering optimism to secure a better future—a cause he dedicated his life and career to. My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.”


    Bajnai Gordon 2                                    Gen. James L. Jones, Jr. (ret.)
    Chairman, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council
    US National Security Advisor (2009-2010)

    “The nation has lost one of its most respected and listened to voices with the passing of Zbigniew. His contribution to the national security dialogue was critical to the culmination of the Cold War and to the freedom that Poland and other Eastern European countries enjoy today. His passion for democratic values and the freedom that comes with them will be long remembered by millions of people the world over.”


    Thomas-Barrett                                    Henry Kissinger
    US Secretary of State (1973-1977)

    “Zbig was a seminal and inspirational figure in American thought on international affairs.”


    Neil-R.-Brown                                    Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft (ret.)
    US National Security Advisor (1975-1977 and 1989-1993)

    “America—and the world we inspire—has lost a remarkable statesman. Zbig had clear, articulate views on the large issues that defined the Cold War era and the still-turbulent phase we entered after 9/11. When Zbig spoke, without notes but in his characteristic complete paragraphs—a skill I envied—people listened and learned. He was a voice of conscience on intractable issues such as Middle East peace. I cherished our debates and the many occasions where, perhaps to the disappointment of conference organizers, we shared similar views. America has lost a wise advocate of our values. I have also lost a good friend.”



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  • Making the Three Seas Initiative a Priority for Trump

    In light of Russia’s use of energy as a weapon in Europe, the Three Seas Initiative—a project designed to unite the region of Europe between the Baltic, Adriatic, and Black Seas through energy infrastructure—should be a strategic priority for the new US administration, retired Marine Corps Gen. James L. Jones, chairman of the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, said at the Council’s Istanbul Summit on April 28.

    “This is a truly transatlantic project that has enormous geopolitical, geostrategic, and geo-economic ramifications,” said Jones, who served as national security advisor in the Obama administration. Consequently, he contended, “we need to cultivate the new American administration’s interest.” By strengthening the Three Seas region, and by extension all of Europe, the initiative will strengthen the entire transatlantic community, he said.

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  • Rwandan President Kagame Seeks Transformation in US Ties

    The United States needs to shift its relationship with Africa from a predominantly humanitarian focus to “productive partnerships,” especially in business, strategic development, and security, Rwandan President Paul Kagame said at the Atlantic Council on March 27.

    “For decades, the United States has adopted a monolithic approach to Africa,” said Kagame. “It’s time for fresh thinking.”

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