Robert Jordan

Diplomat-in-Residence, SMU Tower Center

Educational Background

J.D., University of Oklahoma College of Law; M.A., government and politics, University of Maryland; A.B., political science, Duke University


Ambassador Jordan served as U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 2001-2003. Jordan took charge of his mission in the wake of the September 11 attacks that radically affected U.S.-Saudi relations. He led American efforts to secure Saudi cooperation in the Middle East following 9/11. As ambassador, he worked closely with President Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell in matters such as the historic presidential summit meetings in Crawford, Texas, and Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Ambassador Jordan vigorously led U.S. efforts to encourage Saudi accession to the World Trade Organization and to promote stronger U.S.-Saudi ties in both the public and private sectors. Jordan is a partner with Baker Botts in charge of the firm’s Middle East Practices with offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Riyadh.



  • Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer,  2006 - 2010
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2006 - 2010
  • Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Texas, 2008

University of Oklahoma College of Law

  • Editor in Chief, Oklahoma Law Review
  • Order of Barristers
  • Jessup International Law Moot Court Team
  • Phi Delta Phi


  • “It is the Legacy of Peacemakers that will be Remembered,” The National, May 3, 2011
  • Saudi Arabia: An Opportunity - New Ways of Doing Business, Middle East Economic Digest (MEED), March 2006 (Stephen Matthews and Nabil Issa, co-authors)
  • “Multilateralism and American Policy: A Diplomat’s View,” Multilateralism v. Unilateralism: Policy Choices in a Global Society, British Institute of International and Comparative Law and Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2004 (John B. Attanasio and Joseph J. Norton, eds.)

Speeches and Presentations

  • “Ethical Dilemmas in War,” Schlinger Symposium, Dallas, Texas, December 2009
  •  “Arabs and Israelis Struggle for Common Ground,” Wellesley College, October 2009
  • “Strange Bedfellows in the Middle East: Emerging Trends in the Region,” American Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong, November 2008
  • “Strange Bedfellows in the Middle East,” Association for Conflict Resolution, Austin, Texas, September 2008
  • “Geopolitical Realities in the New World,” Natural Gas Partners 2005 Strategy Seminar, Santa Fe, July 2005