Joshua Harris began his assignment as the Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Tripoli, Libya and the Libya External Office in Tunis, Tunisia, in July 2019. He previously served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary responsible for North Africa (2018-2019) and the Director of the Office of Maghreb Affairs (2017-2018) in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. In these capacities, Mr. Harris promoted U.S. interests with respect to Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya, as well as Western Sahara.
Mr. Harris also served in senior positions on the U.S. interagency team responsible for defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), including as Policy Director to the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS and Director for Iraq at the National Security Council. Together with a broad range of governmental partners, he coordinated U.S. efforts to achieve a sustainable victory against the terrorist group ISIS, as the United States and its partners in the 73-member coalition enabled local forces between 2015 and 2017 to liberate five million Iraqis and Syrians from brutal occupation and stabilize communities rebuilding after ISIS’s defeat. Earlier in his career, Mr. Harris 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, in addition to assignments in Tripoli, Libya and Zagreb, Croatia. He joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 2003.
Mr. Harris is a graduate of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the recipient of a number of Department superior and meritorious honor awards for his efforts to advance U.S. priorities with respect to the Middle East and Europe. He speaks Arabic, Croatian, French, Italian, Polish, and Slovenian.