Ambassador Jake Walles


Ambassador Jake Walles completed 35 years as a Foreign Service Officer in March 2017.  He served twice as Chief of Mission, as Ambassador to Tunisia from July 2012 to September 2015 and as Consul General in Jerusalem from July 2005 to August 2009.  After leaving government service, he joined the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace as a nonresident Senior Fellow in July 2017.
In the Department of State, he also served as Senior Adviser on Foreign Fighters in the Bureau of Counterterrorism from September 2015 to March 2017 and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau for Near Eastern Affairs — responsible for U.S. policy with respect to Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and the Palestinians — from June 2010 to March 2012.  For more than twenty years, he was an active participant in U.S. efforts to promote peace in the Middle East dating back to the 1991 Madrid Conference.

The President of Tunisia named him “Grand Officier de l’Ordre de la République” in 2015 in recognition of his efforts to advance relations between the U.S. and Tunisia. He was born in Wilmington, Delaware and is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University.

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