Edward P. Joseph
Edward P. Joseph has the distinction of having served in every conflict theatre of the Balkans during the fighting of the 1990’s and early 2000’s, as well as during post-war peace implementation endeavors.
In 2012, as the US-nominated Deputy Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, Edward negotiated an eleventh-hour agreement between Belgrade and Pristina to hold Serbian national elections in Kosovo, averting a confrontation. In a rarity, Serbs and Albanians joined in praise for the precedent-setting OSCE role, along with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and OSCE Secretary-General Lamberto Zannier.
From Knin, the capital of the breakaway ‘Republika Srpska Krajina’ in Croatia to Sarajevo, Mostar, Bihac, Tuzla and Zepa during the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Edward witnessed each permutation of the conflict as a UN civil affairs officer. After the wars, as a US Army officer deployed with IFOR, with OSCE and with UNMIK, Edward held senior positions in all three of the region’s divided cities: Mostar, Brcko and Mitrovica. Edward served in Kosovo in 1999 & 2001, and in (now North) Macedonia from the conflict year of 2001-2003 as the Country Director of the International Crisis Group.
A key moment of his war-time service occurred in July, 1995 – contemporaneous with the massacres in neighboring Srebrenica – when Edward and one UN colleague coordinated the evacuation of women, children and wounded soldiers from the fallen Zepa ‘safe area.’ This required face-to-face dealings with Generals Ratko Mladic, Zdravko Tolimir and other senior Bosnian Serb officers.
Outside the Balkans, Edward has served in missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Haiti. A foreign policy analyst and lecturer, Edward’s commentary has been published in major outlets, including Foreign Affairs; his article, ‘The Balkans, Interrupted’ was selected as one of ‘The Best of 2015.’
Edward earned his J.D. at the University of Virginia School of Law, and his B.A. and M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and its School of Advanced International Studies (where he teaches.) Trained as a helicopter pilot in the Army Reserve, Edward is a veteran. He speaks Croatian / Serbian, and French, Italian and Spanish.