David Wallsh
Research Analyst


David Wallsh is an expert in Middle East and international security issues. His regional specialization is in the Levant, and his functional expertise includes alliance politics, security cooperation and assistance, and terrorism and counterterrorism, among other areas.

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 on the U.S.-Jordanian bilateral relationship.

Wallsh is a Ph.D. candidate in international relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He also holds M.A.'s in international security and Middle East studies, respectively. Wallsh 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”