By Abdullah Kadasa
It is clear that Adel Al-Jubeir, the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States, was on a fast track to a successful political career from the start. He explained in a recent interview that after a short childhood in Saudi Arabia, Al-Jubeir began attending schools around the world in Germany, Yemen, Lebanon, and the United States. In 1982, he received a degree in political science and economics with honors from the University of North Texas. After that, he earned his master’s degree in international relations from Georgetown University in 1984 thus beginning his political career in Saudi Arabia, which would lead to him becoming the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States.
In 1987, Adel Al-Jubeir became the special assistant to then Saudi Arabian Ambassador Prince Bandar bin Sultan at the Royal Embassy in Washington, D.C. He did this for four years until the Gulf War started, and Al-Jubeir became the world spokesman for the Saudi government. This important moment was Al-Jubeir’s first media appearance to the world as a representative of the Saudi Arabian government.
After the Gulf War, Al-Jubeir became one of the Saudi Arabian delegates for the United Nations. This position allowed him to become well acquainted with the ways of Capitol Hill, the political media, and international relations paving the way for him to become the Saudi Arabian Ambassador. Al-Jubeir was appointed in late 2000 as the Foreign Affairs Adviser in the Crown Prince’s court.
After the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, Adel Al-Jubeir rose to the task of answering any questions or criticisms that the world had for Saudi Arabia. In this way, via television, newspapers and radio, Al-Jubeir became the voice of Saudi Arabia. He was the one man representing the entire country, and the world’s view of the country rested on his shoulders.
Then, in 2006, Al-Jubeir reached what is thus far his political climax. In December of 2006, Saudi Arabia informed the U. S. Department of State that Adel Al-Jubeir would be the Ambassador for Saudi Arabia in the United States, and in January of 2007 by royal decree, Adel Al-Jubeir was appointed as the Ambassador for Saudi Arabia with ministerial rank at the Foreign Ministry.
During his tenure as the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States, Adel Al-Jubeir has focused on improving the building of a strong relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States and to improving the living situations of Saudi Arabians that are living in America. He also sought to continue to maintain the U.S.-Saudi strategic dialogue that was instituted by King Abdullah and President Bush, which seeks to coordinate strategic, political and economic issues.
Adel Al-Jubeir has accomplished the building of a strong relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States. He has also helped attain reciprocal visa policies. And he has been instrumental in helping to start the Joint Task Force between the two countries. This task force seeks to not only fight against terrorism but to prohibit and stop financing to terrorist organizations. This task force has brought a great deal of cooperation between the two countries.
The strength of the current relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States is unprecedented, and a great deal of that credit goes to Adel Al-Jubeir. Without his policies to bring Saudi Arabia into a close friendship with the United States, the world still might have looked on Saudi Arabia as just another Middle Eastern country unfriendly to the United States. Even President Obama has declared that Saudi Arabia is indispensable to the American fight against terrorism and that it is still the cradle of Islam.
From the very beginning, Adel Al-Jubeir knew that he wanted to help improve the world, and with a lot of hard work, he has done just that.
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