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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  • Into Uncharted Waters
    • September 30, 2019

    Into Uncharted Waters

    Tunisia’s presidential runoff will be between two candidates whose views remain unclear.

  • Remembering Essebsi
    • August 06, 2019

    Remembering Essebsi

    A former U.S. ambassador to Tunisia describes what the late president meant for the country.

  • A Stillborn Proposal?
    • June 06, 2019

    A Stillborn Proposal?

    U.S. acquiescence to Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank could make Washington’s peace efforts irrelevant.

  • A Time to Hunker Down
    • April 02, 2019

    A Time to Hunker Down

    In Ramallah, the Palestinian Authority has low regard for Donald Trump and is simply waiting for better times.

  • Why a Vote Counts
    • February 08, 2019

    Why a Vote Counts

    The Palestinians will need democratic legitimacy to advance their national movement.

  • A Plan for Perpetual Conflict
    • December 10, 2018

    A Plan for Perpetual Conflict

    The Trump administration’s ‘ultimate deal’ will bring many things, but peace is not one of them.

  • Requiem for a Consulate
    • October 23, 2018

    Requiem for a Consulate

    By closing its representative institution to the Palestinians, the Trump administration has again harmed peace prospects.

  • There Will be Blood
    • October 10, 2018

    There Will be Blood

    Israel’s military chief of staff warns that West Bank violence may increase, and he may well be right.

  • Legacy Time for Abbas
    • August 20, 2018

    Legacy Time for Abbas

    With his succession looming, the Palestinian president must put his house in order.

  • A Fragile Transition
    • May 16, 2018

    A Fragile Transition

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

Education

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

Languages
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
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