Dr. Joshua W. Walker (@drjwalk) is a perpetual global bridge-builder who is a “pracademic,” having earned his PhD from Princeton University and specializing in the Middle East and East Asia. He currently serves as the Vice President of Global Programs at APCO Worldwide, a leading strategic communications firm based in Washington. There, he leads the APCO Global Institute and oversees APCO’s 34 international offices for the Founding Chairman and CEO, most recently setting up the organization’s newest office in Tokyo, Japan. He is also a Transatlantic Fellow in the Asia Program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and he teaches the Politics of National Security at the George Washington University’s Elliot Graduate School of International Affairs and the Leadership and the American Presidency at George Mason University. Dr. Walker is also a 2016 President Leadership Scholar.
Before joining the private sector as a practitioner, Dr. Walker worked at the U.S. Department of State three different times, most recently as a senior advisor to Secretaries Kerry and Clinton. Dr. Walker is a prolific scholar with books and regular commentary for a variety of media outlets. He is also passionate about furthering international affairs and the next generation of foreign policy leadership through his service on half-a-dozen national boards including on the Executive Committee of American Turkish Council and Sister Cities International . He speaks Japanese as a result of growing up in the northernmost island of Hokkaido with his parents, Turkish having lived in Ankara as a Fulbright scholar, and Virginian English given his family’s Richmond roots and his current residence in Alexandria near George Washington’s home.