Jesse Marks is the Associate Director for Middle East and China at Edelman Global Advisory. He is also a Non-resident Fellow with the Stimson Center's China Program where he focuses on China-Middle East relations, particularly China's emerging role in conflict management and mediation. From 2020-2022, Marks served as an advisor for Middle East Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in both the Trump and Biden administrations.  

Prior to joining OSD, Marks spent five years in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East as a Boren Scholar, Fulbright Fellow at the Jordan Center for Strategic Studies, Scoville Fellow at the Stimson Center’s Protecting Civilians in Conflict program, and a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing. His work is published with the Washington Post, Carnegie Middle East, Foreign Affairs, Atlantic Council, Middle East Institute, and more. He holds a Masters in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University, Beijing and an MPhil in International Relations and Politics from the University of Cambridge.

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