Edward P. Joseph is a highly experienced field practitioner and expert/lecturer on conflict, stabilization and reconstruction. In April, 2012, as Deputy Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, he led the ‘technical team’ of OSCE negotiators and forged an eleventh hour breakthrough to run Serbian elections in Kosovo, averting a brewing crisis between Serbia and Kosovo. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton specifically acknowledged Edward’s contribution in this role.
In more than a dozen years of experience in the Balkans, Edward compiled other notable distinctions:
Edward has written a number of articles and op-eds published in leading outlets including The New York Times, lectured widely on the region, been interviewed many times, and testified at the Hague Tribunal.
Edward has also served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Haiti, where he served as Chief Election Observer for the USAID-funded observation mission in 2006. While serving In Pakistan on 26 December, 2007, Edward held perhaps the final international meeting with Benazir Bhutto, a 90 minute conversation in Peshawar. In late 2008-early 2009, Edward was a member of the three-person expert team that evaluated USAID’s largest local stability program in Afghanistan, visiting more than a dozen sites ‘outside the wire’, including Kandahar.
Edward holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia, and a B.A. and M.A. from Johns Hopkins University and the School of Advanced International Studies, respectively. He was a helicopter pilot in the US Army Reserve. He speaks and has worked professionally in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and French, Italian and Spanish.