James L. Jones

General James L. Jones, Jr., USMC (Ret.)
  • 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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  • Jones Joins CNN to Discuss National Security


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  • Jones in Foreign Policy: Operation Provide Comfort: A Forgotten Mission with Possible Lessons for Syria


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  • Remarks by General James L. Jones, Jr. at the Dubrovnik Three Seas Initiative Presidential Roundtable

    Madam President, on behalf of the Atlantic Council and its entire leadership team and board of directors, I would like to thank you for hosting the Dubrovnik Forum and leading the Three Seas Initiative. I applaud the leadership you have shown in organizing this summit in Dubrovnik for the second straight year. Madam President, you have been a privileged and important partner of the Atlantic Council from your time as Croatia’s Ambassador to Washington, later as NATO Assistant Secretary General, and now as President of Croatia. We are grateful for your leadership. I would also like to thank His Excellency President Andrej Duda. Poland’s leadership in the Three Seas Initiative is essential. The Atlantic Council is eager to work with your administration to make the annual Wroclaw Global Forum an important follow on to this summit.

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  • Congolese Presidential Candidate Urges Use of Sanctions to Bring About Democratic Change in DRC

    Moise Katumbi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s leading opposition candidate for president, has urged the international community to use sanctions to press Congolese President Joseph Kabila to give up power. A political crisis in a country where war claimed around five million lives between 1994 and 2003 could create instability that spreads to the DRC’s neighbors, he warned.

    “If there is no sanction, the massacre is going to continue,” Katumbi said at a roundtable discussion hosted by the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center in Washington on July 13. J. Peter Pham, director of the Africa Center, and retired Gen. James L. Jones, Jr., chairman of the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, also participated in the event.

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  • Brexit May Strengthen NATO

    NATO Deputy Secretary General Vershbow said Brexit may make the military Alliance more important for the UK

    The British vote to leave the European Union will have minimal impact on the United Kingdom’s role in NATO; it could, in fact, enhance the Alliance’s importance as a forum at which to address global challenges, NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said in Warsaw on July 7.

    “The British are going out of their way to stress that Britain’s status within NATO is unaffected by Brexit,” said Vershbow, “that is a fact.”

    Describing the United Kingdom as a mainstay of the twenty-eight-member Alliance, Vershbow said that “if anything, for the UK, NATO clearly becomes more important if they go through with Brexit.”

    “NATO itself, as a forum, may become more important because this will be the place where we can address these fundamental challenges that we have to deal with over the coming years,” he added.

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  • Burns and Jones Testify Before Senate Armed Services Committee on NATO, Russia, and European Security


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  • Atlantic Council Report Restoring the Power and Purpose of the NATO Alliance Featured by RFE/RL


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  • Atlantic Council Report Advocates Troop Buildup in Europe in Response to Russian Threat

    NATO must respond to threats from Russia by permanently stationing troops in the Baltic States, Poland, and the Black Sea region, according to a new Atlantic Council report.

    “These are clearly modest—in terms of the troop commitments—measures designed to stabilize the alliance, protect our smaller allies in the east, and do what the NATO alliance has to do: protect the member states and collective security in Europe,” said R. Nicholas Burns, an Atlantic Council board member who served as under secretary of state in the George W. Bush administration. “We need to establish effective deterrence against [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and that’s why our number one recommendation is the permanent basing of NATO troops in those areas,”

    Burns co-authored the report, “Restoring the Power and Purpose of the NATO Alliance,” along with retired Gen. James L. Jones, Jr., chairman of the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security and a former national security advisor in the Obama administration.

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  • NATO Report Calling for Permanent Troops in Eastern Europe Featured in The Guardian


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