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James A. Walsh

James A. Walsh

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S. Department of State

James A. Walsh serves as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary. He is responsible for supporting State Department programs and policies to combat illicit drugs and organized crime around the world. INL currently manages a portfolio of more than $4 billion in more than 90 countries.

Mr. Walsh has served in various senior leadership roles in the INL Front Office since January 2015. In that time, he directed 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 and January to September 2021.

Mr. Walsh 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. Prior to joining the Department, Mr. Walsh worked in the private sector for five years supporting Fortune 500 companies. He also served nearly eight years in the U.S. Army where he had several overseas deployments leading aviation units.

A career member of the Senior Executive Service, Mr. Walsh holds a bachelor’s degree from West Point, and a master’s degree in business administration from Bowie State University. He was born and raised in Northern Indiana. Mr. Walsh received the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award in 2017.


Civil Society Briefing for AHC-FOC Membership: Digital Rights, Human Rights, and a UN Cybercrime Treaty

In December 2019, an Ad Hoc Committee was established to elaborate a UN convention on cybercrime, and substantive negotiations will soon launch in January 2022. As part of this process, civil society will have the opportunity to engage in the Ad Hoc Committee. Ahead of the first negotiating session, the United States would like to offer a platform for civil society to offer their viewpoints and recommendations to AHC-FOC Membership on the treaty process, particularly as it relates to digital rights and human rights. A portion of the time during this session will be reserved as an open forum for any civil society individual or organization that may wish to share views and recommendations, and whom are not already scheduled to do so.