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Expertise: Diplomacy, Middle East, North Africa

Former Ambassador Gordon Gray is the chief operating officer at American Progress. He was previously the executive vice president at the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce and the deputy commandant at the National War College. Gray served as the U.S. ambassador to Tunisia from 2009 until 2012, witnessing the start of the Arab Spring and directing the U.S. response in support of Tunisia’s transition.

He was senior adviser to the U.S. ambassador to Iraq from 2008 until 2009, focusing on governance and infrastructure in the southern provinces. Before that, Gray was deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs from 2005 until 2008; his responsibilities included the promotion of U.S. interests in the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa, as well as oversight of the bureau’s Regional Affairs office. His other foreign assignments included Egypt, where he served as deputy chief of mission from 2002 until 2005; Canada; Jordan; Pakistan; and Morocco, where he began his career in government as a Peace Corps volunteer.

Gray received his B.A. from Yale and his M.A. from Columbia, as well as an honorary M.S. from the National Defense University.

By Gordon Gray
Why Linda Thomas-Greenfield Is A Great Pick for the UNThe National InterestJanuary 26, 2021
What the Tunisian Revolution Taught MeThe Foreign Service JournalJanuary 7, 2021
Ce que l’élection de Biden signifie pour la TunisieLeadersNovember 9, 2020
Hope Springs EternalThe Foreign Service JournalNovember 2, 2020
A New Vision for America’s North Africa PolicyNational InterestAugust 29, 2020
Will the next administration restore diplomacy in the Middle East?The HillJune 25, 2020
A Special Class of DiplomatThe Foreign Service JournalMarch 24, 2020
Running after the revolutionThe Arab WeeklyJanuary 17, 2020
A Despot’s Death in TunisiaThe National InterestOctober 27, 2019
How President Béji Caid Essebsi Helped Build Tunisia’s DemocracyThe National InterestAugust 1, 2019
America Should Support Tunisian DemocracyThe National InterestJuly 7, 2019
Lessons Learned from a Dictator’s OverthrowThe Journal of DiplomacyApril 26, 2019
Wanted: Patient Diplomacy in YemenThe National InterestMarch 16, 2019
Why Pompeo Must Prioritize U.S. DiplomacyThe National InterestApril 11, 2018