Edward P Joseph

Edward P Joseph

Adjunct Lecturer
Conflict Management


  • Balkans
  • American Foreign Policy
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Conflict Resolution and Negotiation
  • Crisis Management
  • Ethnic Conflict
  • Governance
  • Human Rights and Democracy
  • Humanitarian Crises and Relief Efforts
  • Peacekeeping
  • Political Economy & Development
  • Post-conflict Reconstruction
  • Transatlantic Security
  • Treaty Negotiations
  • French
  • Italian
  • Serbo-Croatian
  • Spanish

Background and Education

Edward P. Joseph is a foreign policy specialist and field practitioner who has served in some of the toughest locations in the world. Edward spent over a dozen years in the Balkans, including the war years in Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo and Macedonia. In April 2012, as Deputy Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, he negotiated an eleventh hour breakthrough on Serbian elections that averted a brewing crisis between Serbia and Kosovo. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued written acknowledgement of Edward’s standout contribution in this role. During the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Edward served in a number of isolated, besieged locations including the Zepa ‘safe area’ near Srebrenica where Edward and one UN colleague coordinated the evacuation of thousands of Bosnian Muslim women, children and wounded men. His work required face-to-face dealings with indicted war criminal General Ratko Mladic. Edward has twice testified before the Hague Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Edward’s reports for the International Crisis Group in Macedonia broke new ground on the link between corruption and conflict, as well as the name issue with Greece. Edward has brought his extensive field experience to Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington where he teaches conflict management, and writes and speaks extensively on foreign policy issues. He has been published in most major media outlets including recent articles in The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Policy, as well as in academic journals. Edward appears frequently on television and radio as a commentator on major international events. Edward also served as Director of Communications for the Council on Foreign Relations.

In addition to the Balkans, Edward has 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 in 2007, Edward held on 26 December what may have been 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. Relief work, in particular humanitarian emergencies, is another specialty of Edward’s. Following the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Edward led InterAction’s effort to coordinate the NGO response. During the NATO air campaign in 1999, Edward co-managed the famed Stenkovec-I refugee camp that housed over 30,000 Kosovar refugees and was the site of high profile visits from President Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Kofi Annan and others.

Edward holds a JD from the University of Virginia, and a BA and MA 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.

2016-01-21 00:00:00 
Spring 2019 
Since the end o...
Since the end of the Cold War, the international community has grappled with the challenge of stabilizing and reconstructing failed states and war-torn societies, from Haiti to Afghanistan, Liberia to Iraq. The record of these efforts has been decidedly mixed. Yet the persistence of state failure, internal violence and human suffering means that the United States and its partners will face continual pressure to intervene in and assist the recovery of conflict prone-societies. This course seeks to provide students with a thorough understanding of the main assumptions, actors, challenges and dilemmas in contemporary "nation-building" exercises. Drawing on the historical record and more recent experiences, we will seek to clarify the nature of the task(s); identify the requirements for sustainable reconstruction and peace-building; examine the evolving roles and approaches of the United States, the United Nations, host governments and other key actors; analyze the determinants of success or failure in recent cases; and develop policy options for contemporary challenges. The course will include simulations, role plays and oral presentations as well as written papers. Please note that in order to accommodate simulations and role plays, five sessions at the beginning of the spring semester will extend until 9pm.