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Leadership Insight Series: U.S. Department of State Briefing

Outlook on: Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Libya



Roundtable Discussion with:  Joshua Harris-  Director, Office of Maghreb Affairs, U.S. Department of State

As the Director of the Office of Maghreb Affairs in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Joshua Harris oversees the 16-person team responsible for advancing U.S. priorities with respect to Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya.  He previously served as the Policy Director to the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the Director for Iraq at the National Security Council.  In this capacity, he coordinated interagency efforts to shape the U.S. approach to defeat ISIS and worked to align civilian efforts with the counter-ISIS military campaign in Syria and Iraq.

Mr. Harris has also served as the Political and Economic Counselor at U.S. Embassy Ljubljana, Slovenia; Deputy Political Counselor at U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq; and Senior Desk Officer for Saudi Arabia in the Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.  His other overseas assignments included Tripoli, Libya and Zagreb, Croatia.  He joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 2003.

Mr. Harris is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and the London School of Economics and Political Science.  He speaks Arabic, Croatian, French, Italian, Polish, and Slovenian.  He is the recipient of a number of Department awards for his efforts to advance U.S. objectives with respect to the Middle East and Europe.

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