Edward S. Walker, Jr., former U.S. Ambassador and former president of the Middle East Institute, a Washington-based think tank on Middle East Policy, is the Christian A. Johnson Distinguished Professor of Global Political Theory. Ambassador Walker, a 1962 Hamilton graduate, served as the Linowitz Professor of Middle East Studies in 2003 and 2005. Before assuming the presidency of the Middle East Institute, Walker worked with Colin Powell in the new Bush Administration as assistant secretary of state for near eastern affairs, a position he had previously held under Madeleine Albright during the second Clinton administration. During that time he helped initiate and negotiate U.S. policy toward Iraq and engaged in recalibrating U.S. policies toward Iran and the Middle East Peace Process.
Walker's diplomatic career includes positions as U.S. ambassador to Israel (1997-1999), the Arab Republic of Egypt (1994-1997) and the United Arab Emirates (1989-1992), as well as deputy permanent representative of the U.S. to the United Nations (1992-1993).