James L. Jones

General James L. Jones, Jr., USMC (Ret.)
  • Nuclear Deal May Elicit More Bad Behavior from Iran, Says Ex-NSA Jones

    Free of sanctions, Tehran ‘will become more aggressive’

    A nuclear deal in hand and free of Western sanctions, Iran could more aggressively undermine US allies through “cyber attacks, subversion, and terrorism,” retired Gen James L. Jones, Jr., said April 8.

    “Even if a deal is concluded, it is possible that an emboldened Iran free of sanctions will become more aggressive in supporting proxies in the region and continue to undermine the United States’ allies in the region,” said Jones, who is Chairman of the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

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  • ISIL Affiliates, Foreign Fighters ‘Preeminent’ Concern, Allen Says

    US envoy says officials in West, Middle East, and Southeast Asia are worried about growing threat

    Officials in Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia worry about the threat posed by affiliates of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and their potential to inspire foreign fighters, says retired Gen John Allen, the US Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL.

    These officials are concerned that besides destabilizing their home countries, the foreign fighters could help ISIL replenish its ranks, Allen said at a March 2 event hosted by the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

    The United States is focused on these concerns, and the 62-member coalition of nations and international organizations to fight ISIL in Iraq and Syria must decide how it will respond to this emerging threat, Allen said.

    “The challenge that has been evolving over the last several months has been the emergence of organizations outside … Iraq and Syria. Those organizations, which have put their hand in the air ultimately to become affiliated with or to join the ISIL movement, [are] something that we are watching very carefully and very closely,” Allen said.

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  • Jones on Doing Business in a Dicey Geopolitical Environment

    BRINK News interviews Brent Scowcroft Center Chairman General James L. Jones, Jr. on investing in foreign countries and how businesses can navigate today's geopolitical environment:

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  • Jones on Shared Objectives with Turkey

    Hurriyet Daily News quotes Brent Scowcroft Center Chairman General James L. Jones, Jr. on Turkish involvement in the ongoing crisis in Syria:

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  • Jones and Olechnowicz on Completing Europe

    Brent Scowcroft Center Chairman General James L. Jones, Jr., Jr. cowrites for the Hill with President and CEO of Grupa LOTOS S.A Pawel Olechnowicz on the North-South Corridor:

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  • Completing Europe – From the North-South Corridor to Energy, Transportation, and Telecommunications Union

    Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, much progress has been made toward fulfilling the vision of a Europe whole and free. However, much work remains to complete a critical element of this vision, the creation of a single European market. That will require the development of infrastructure networks that bind together the economies of Central Europe with the rest of European Union.

    This week the Atlantic Council and Central Europe Energy Partners (CEEP) rolled out its report, Completing Europe – From the North-South Corridor to Energy, Transportation, and Telecommunications Union. This study, led by former US National Security Advisor Gen. James L. Jones, Jr., USMC (Ret.) and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of CEEP Pawel Olechnowicz, calls for the accelerated construction of a North-South Corridor of energy, transportation, and communications links stretching from the Baltic Sea to the Adriatic and Black Seas.

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  • Ex-US Officials Urge Broadened US Strategy in Syria, Iraq Wars

    Ground Forces Will Be Needed, General James Jones Says


    Ground troops, perhaps even Special Forces, will ultimately be required to defeat the Islamist militant army of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, General James L. Jones told the Atlantic Council’s Energy & Economic Summit in Istanbul today.

    Jones, a former national security advisor in the Obama administration, said deploying ground forces is essential to avoiding a protracted war with ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham), which controls almost 30 percent of Iraq and large parts of Syria.

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  • Jones: How to Save Iraq and Honor American Sacrifice

    Scowcroft Center Chairman Gen. James L. Jones, Jr., USMC (Ret.) writes for the Wall Street Journal on a strategy for Iraq: 

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  • Discussion with the President of Burkina Faso and the ECOWAS Commission President

    On Thursday, August 7, the Atlantic Council's Africa Center hosted H.E. Blaise Compaoré, president of Burkina Faso, and H.E. Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo, president of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, for a roundtable discussion at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, DC. J. Peter Pham, Africa Center director, welcomed participants the event, followed by introductory remarks from General James L. Jones, Jr. USMC (Ret.), chairman of the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. President Compaoré and H.E. Ouédraogo made opening statements before Pham moderated a roundtable discussion.


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  • A Conversation with Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama

    Continuing the Atlantic Council's series of high-level events around the US-Africa Leaders Summit, the Africa Center hosted H.E. John Dramani Mahama, president of the Republic of Ghana, for a roundtable discussion. Africa Center Director Dr. J. Peter Pham welcomed the Ghanaian delegation that included Ghana's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration H.E. Hanna Tetteh, Minister for Finance and Economic Planning H.E. Seth Terkper, and Minister for Employment and Labour Relations H.E. Haruna Iddrisu. He also acknowledged the presence of several Atlantic Council Board Directors, including General James L. Jones, Jr., chairman of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, and Michael S. Ansari.

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