Edward P. Joseph
Former Executive Director of the National Council on U.S.-Libya Relations
EDWARD P. JOSEPH is a non-profit leader, as well as a foreign policy lecturer, analyst and field
practitioner. In his dozen years in the Balkans, Edward served during the wars in each conflict- afflicted country, including assignments in Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia. He has served shorter missions as well in Haiti, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Bosnia: In July, 1995 – contemporaneous with the massacres in neighboring Srebrenica – Edward and one UN colleague coordinated the evacuation of the fallen ‘safe area’ of Zepa. This required face-to-face dealings with Serb commander Ratko Mladic and his high command. Edward’s testimony at the Hague Tribunal has been cited as instrumental in a landmark war crimes verdict.
Kosovo: In April, 2012, as the US-nominated Deputy Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, one of the largest democracy and human rights missions in the world, Edward negotiated an end to a rapidly brewing, potentially violent confrontation between Belgrade and Pristina. His eleventh- hour role was cited by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and OSCE Secretary-General Lamberto Zannier.