I had the honor of meeting our new Ambassador to Kuwait, Mrs. Deborah Jones, yesterday. To say that she is a breath of fresh air in Kuwait is an extreme understatement. She gave a speech to the American Business Council which summed up many ideas that I strongly believe in.
One thing she said, "If anyone ever tells you that they are an expert on the Middle East, you should question them. This region changes every day and no one is an expert." Its true. I've been here for 12 years, known Arab and Kuwaiti friend for most of my life, and every single day is a learning experience for me.
She also stressed the importance of providing young Kuwaitis with internship opportunities. I believe in that also. I think that organizations like LOYAC do amazing work. Instilling the concepts of a strong work ethic and ties to your community through volunteer programs are what builds a better work force/working country. Going overnight from a welfare state to a country where people really have to do work doesn't happen overnight. People round here need work skills and better business opportunities.
Anyhoo, Ambassador Jones wins The Official Desert Girl Seal of Approval. She is sincere, funny, and direct and I immediately liked her. I'm glad that the embassy now has a female perspective in the drivers seat.