Robert Jordan is diplomat in residence and adjunct professor of political science in the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 2001-2003. He took charge of his mission in the wake of the attacks of September 11 at a critical time in U.S.-Saudi relations. He was a partner in the international law firm Baker Botts L.L.P. for many years and headed the firm’s Middle East practice based in Dubai.
He is vice chair of the Tower Center board of directors, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a past president of the Dallas Bar Association and the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association Commercial panel of arbitrators, the Panel of Distinguished Neutrals of the CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, and the London Court of International Arbitration. He also serves on the advisory board of the Bilateral U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce and is a frequent commentator with international media including CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, CNBC, Bloomberg, and the New York Times. In 2015 Potomac Books published his memoir, Desert Diplomat: Inside Saudi Arabia Following 9/11.