Articles, Interviews, Appearances, Publications

By Institute of Current World Affairs Current & Former Fellows for other media outlets

The Human Impact of the Border Wall in Nogales.




What's the Story with Jo Painter • August 24, 2014


image Jo Painter talks to Amelia Frank-Vitale (Reading High School Graduate) – Anthropology Major, Immigrant Rights Worker and Eduardo Garcia – photojournalist in Mexico ...

Who Won the Gaza War




Politico • August 27, 2014


image If the reported terms of the Gaza ceasefire agreement reached Tuesday are accurate, Hamas just spent nearly two months and more than 2,000 Palestinian lives fighting for three more nautical miles of fishing waters and 200 meters of additional border ...

What's Next For Brazil Now That World Cup Is Over?




Huffington Post Live • July 15, 2014


image Shannon Sims, who recently finished her ICWA fellowship in Brazil, speaks on HuffPost Live about the divided opinions in Brazil concerning the World Cup and what is next for Brazil now that the tournament has ended....

Prolonged Military Strikes Begin in Gaza and More




The Wall Street Journal • July 9, 2014


image Neri Zilber, former ICWA fellow in Israel and current Washington Institute Visiting Scholar, joins Simon Constable on the News Hub to discuss the escalating violence between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip....

Growing Cacao + Feeling Good About It




OZY • July 7, 2014


Looking for guilt-free chocolate? Well, maybe there's no such thing, but if you source it to Brazil's Bahia state, chances are good that you at least won't be contributing to the destruction of tropical forestland....

A Recipe for a Melting Pot, by JFK




OZY • July 4, 2014


image With House Speaker John Boehner weighing in, immigration reform is back on the table. Then again, is immigration ever really off the American table? Nope. ...
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We are pleased to announce the appointment of Edward P. Joseph as the new Executive Director of the Institute of Current World Affairs.


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 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. 

Fellowships 2014

The Institute of Current World Affairs will appoint one Fellow in December 2014. Supported from the Institute’s endowment, Fellows with appropriate topics may receive support from specically endowed funds, including: John O. Crane Memorial Fellowship Area of Study: Central and Eastern Europe or the Middle East. John Miller Musser Memorial Forest & Society Fellowships Graduate degree in forestry or forest-related specialties required. Donors’ Fellowship Appointments every two years. Topics and areas of study are unrestricted.