Joshua W. Walker is a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow currently serving at the U.S. Department of State where he joined the Office of the Chief Economist in 2013. Prior to this appointment in 2012, he served in the Secretary’s Global Partnership Initiative as the Senior Advisor on the Middle East and North Africa. Before joining the State Department Dr. Walker was a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States responsible for the Turkey program and Japan portfolio of the Asia team. Active in bridging the academic and policy worlds, he co-founded the Yale Journal of International Affairs, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy in New York, and the Project on Religion, Diplomacy, and International Relations at Princeton along with being a Foreign Policy Initiative Future Leader and Truman National Security Project fellow. He was a Fulbright Fellow in Ankara, Turkey and has worked for the U.S. Embassy and State Department on Turkey. Dr. Walker has been affiliated and taught at Brandeis University, George Mason University, Harvard Kennedy School, Middle East Technical University, Istanbul Sehir Merkez, Tokyo University, Transatlantic Academy, Princeton University, University of Richmond, and Yale University.
Dr. Walker earned his Ph.D. in Politics and Public Policy with a specialization on international relations and security studies at Princeton University. He holds a Master's degree in International Relations from Yale University, and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Richmond and speaks both Japanese and Turkish fluently.