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Edward S. Walker, Jr., MA Biography

President of the Middle East Institute (MEI)
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"

“There is a broad consensus within the American Jewish community and among policymakers in support of an active US role in assisting the Israelis and the Palestinians to establish a two-state solution. We believe that this formula both advances America’s interests in the entire Middle East and is the best achievable means of ensuring Israel’s survival as a Jewish state and a democracy.”

Written by Peter A. Joseph, Larry Zicklin, Nick Bunzl, coendorsed by Samuel W. Lewis, Thomas R. Pickering, Jr., Robert H. Pelletreau, Jr., and Edward S. Walker, Jr., “Letter to President Obama,” reprinted at, May 21, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President of the Middle East Institute (MEI), 2001-present
  • Writes a bi-monthly column entitled “Letters from Washington” for the Arabic daily Al Hayat, 2001-present
  • Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs
  • U.S. Ambassador to Israel, 1997-1999
  • U.S. Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt, 1994-1997
  • U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the U.N. with Ambassadorial Rank, 1993-1994
  • U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, 1989-1992
  • Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs
  • Executive Assistant to the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State
  • Special Assistant to the President’s Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Negotiations, 1979-1981
  • MA, Boston University, 1965
  • BA, Hamilton College, 1962
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