Walter L. Cutler joined the Global Ties U.S. Advisory Council in 2004. Ambassador Cutler served as President of Meridian International Center from 1989 to 2006, and he now serves as President Emeritus. Prior to this position, Ambassador Cutler served as a career diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service. He served twice as Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and as Ambassador to Tunisia and Zaire. Other postings included Cameroon, Algeria, Iran, Korea, and Vietnam. In addition, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations and staff assistant to the Secretary of State. In 1993 Ambassador Cutler was awarded the Director General's Cup by the U.S. Department of State for "the successful extension of a distinguished diplomatic career to significant contributions to American foreign policy on a broad public scale."
A graduate of Wesleyan University, Ambassador Cutler holds an M.A. from The Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, The American Academy of Diplomacy, The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training, and The Middle East Institute. He also acts as a Trustee for the Tunisian-American Young Professionals and an Advisor for Global Ties USA. In 1994 Ambassador Cutler was a special emissary of the United Nations Secretary General, conferring with government leaders around the world on peacekeeping issues. He has also served as research professor of diplomacy at Georgetown University. He speaks widely on the Middle East and other international issues, and is an occasional commentator on National Public Radio, CNN, and other networks.