Ambassador James F. Jeffrey retired from the Foreign Service with the rank of Career Ambassador in June 2012. At present he is the Philip Solondz distinguished visiting fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a Visiting Instructor at George Washington University, consultant, and member of the Secretary of Defense’s Defense Policy Board.
Ambassador Jeffrey has held a series of senior posts in Washington, D.C., and abroad. Prior to his service as Ambassador in Ankara (2008-2010), and Baghdad (2010-2012), he served as Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor in the George W, Bush Administration. Earlier he served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State, where his responsibilities included leading the Iran policy team and coordinating public diplomacy.