International Speaker Series: James A. Walsh, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary

Appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) in September 2018, Mr. James A Walsh is responsible for supporting State Department programs and policies to combat illicit drugs and organized crime around the world. Since January 2015, Walsh has served in the INL Front Office as Director in the State Department law enforcement and rule of law assistance activities in Europe and Asia (excluding Pakistan and Afghanistan) while overseeing the Department’s Air Wing and INL’s resources.

He was also the Senior Bureau Official from December 2017 to May 2018 and Acting Principal Deputy Secretary from May to August 2018. He previously served as the Executive Director/Controller for the bureau where he led several efforts to strengthen criminal justice assistance programs including the development of an inter-agency Criminal Justice Sector Rating Tool.

Mr. Walsh worked in the private sector for five years supporting Fortune 500 companies, and served eight years in the U.S. Army where he had several overseas deployments leading aviation units. He is a career member of the Senior Executive Service, has a bachelor’s degree from West Point, and a master’s degree in business administration from Bowie State University. Mr. Walsh received the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award in 2017. James Walsh was born and raised in Northern Indiana. Mr. Walsh will discuss the global dimensions of the opioid crisis and the impact of emerging criminal threats, including synthetic drugs and cybercrime.


Event Details

Barnhardt Student Activity Center (SAC)
Salon D


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Office of International Programs


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Event Date & Time

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM