Jesse Marks is a Nonresident Fellow with the Stimson Center’s China Program. He is a foreign affairs and policy expert, with extensive experience in foreign policy, peace and conflict studies, humanitarian response, and China-Middle East relations. 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. He holds a MPhil in International Relations and Politics from the University of Cambridge and a Master of Global Affairs from Tsinghua University.
Washington can help Jordan constructively engage with the Syrian government over illicit narcotics streams, border clashes, and security in Syria’s unstable south.