Jake Walles

Nonresident Senior Fellow
Middle East Program

Jake Walles is a nonresident senior fellow in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he focuses on Israeli-Palestinian issues, Tunisia, and counterterrorism.

Jake Walles is a nonresident senior fellow in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he focuses on Israeli-Palestinian issues, Tunisia, and counterterrorism.  He was a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State for more than 35 years, serving as the U.S. ambassador to Tunisia from 2012 to 2015 and as consul general and chief of mission in Jerusalem from 2005 to 2009. Walles also served as senior adviser in the State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism from 2015 until his retirement in 2017.

During his long career at the State Department, Walles was actively involved in Middle East peace negotiations beginning with the Madrid Middle East Peace Conference in 1991 and continuing through the Obama administration. He was the recipient of the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award in 2016 for his contributions to U.S. national security policy.

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  • A Fragile Transition
    • May 16, 2018

    A Fragile Transition

    Tunisia’s local elections reflected public discontent, but were also an accomplishment.

  • Risk or Opportunity?
    • April 04, 2018

    Risk or Opportunity?

    Tunisia will hold municipal elections on May 6, in a step aimed at devolving more power to local authorities.

  • Half Full, or Half Empty?
    • January 22, 2018

    Half Full, or Half Empty?

    Tunisia is a success story, however the economy continues to threaten the country’s progress.

  • A Capital Offense
    • December 07, 2017

    A Capital Offense

    Donald Trump’s decision on Jerusalem makes the U.S. much less likely to be trusted as an honest broker.

  • Return of the Native?
    • August 09, 2017

    Return of the Native?

    Egypt and the UAE are maneuvering to bring Mohammed Dahlan back to Gaza.

Education

M.A. Johns Hopkins SAIS
B.A. Wesleyan University

Languages
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
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