Joshua Harris began his assignment as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim and Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Tripoli (Libya External Office, Tunis) in July 2019. He most recently served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary (2018- 2019) and Director of the Office of Maghreb Affairs (2017-2018) in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, advancing U.S.priorities with respect to Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya, as well as Western Sahara.
Mr. Harris previously was the Policy Director to the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the Director for Iraq at the National Security Council. In this capacity, he coordinated interagency efforts to shape the U.S. approach to defeat ISIS and worked to align civilian efforts with the counter-ISIS military campaign in Syria and Iraq. He has also 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. His other overseas assignments included 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. objectives with respect to the Middle East and Europe. He speaks Arabic, Croatian, French, Italian, Polish, and Slovenian.