David Wallsh, Ph.D.
Research Analyst


David Wallsh is an expert in Middle East affairs and international security issues, including alliance politics, security cooperation and building partner capacity, and transnational threats. His work at CNA has included studies on counterterrorism in the Levant, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) geopolitics, and providing analytic support to U.S. Central Command.

Prior to joining CNA, Wallsh served as an Expert Advisor for Middle East security issues in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy, including in support of the 2013-2014 Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, counter-ISIS policy, and the U.S.-Jordanian bilateral relationship.

Wallsh earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in international relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He also holds an M.A. in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and is proficient in Arabic.


October 4, 2017

David Wallsh writes that the anniversary of the 1973 Arab-Israeli War “provides an opportunity to highlight…enduring lessons, as well as to apply them to America’s present national security challenges.”

Modern War Institute: “Timeless Lessons From the October 1973 Arab-Israeli War”