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Daniel Serwer

Professor of Practice


Also a scholar at the Middle East Institute, Daniel Serwer is the author of From War to Peace in the Balkans, the Middle East and Ukraine (Palgrave MacMillan, 2019) as well as Righting the Balance (Potomac Books, November 2013), editor (with David Smock) of Facilitating Dialogue (USIP, 2012) and supervised preparation of Guiding Principles for Stabilization and Reconstruction (USIP, 2009). From War to Peace assesses lessons learned in the Balkans and their application to the Middle East and Ukraine. Righting the Balance focuses on how to strengthen the civilian instruments of American foreign policy to match its strong military arm. Facilitating Dialogue analyzes specific cases and best practices in getting people to talk to each other in conflict zones. Guiding Principles is the leading compilation of best practices for civilians and military in post-war state-building.

As vice president of the Centers of Innovation at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Serwer led teams working on rule of law, peacebuilding, religion, economics, media, technology, security sector governance and gender. He was also vice president for peace and stability operations at USIP, overseeing its peacebuilding work in Afghanistan, the Balkans, Iraq and Sudan and serving as executive director of the Hamilton/Baker Iraq Study Group.

As a minister-counselor at the U.S. Department of State, Serwer directed the European office of intelligence and research and served as U.S. special envoy and coordinator for the Bosnian Federation, mediating between Croats and Muslims and negotiating the first agreement reached at the Dayton Peace Talks; from 1990 to 1993, he was deputy chief of mission and chargé d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, leading a major diplomatic mission through the end of the Cold War and the first Gulf War.

Serwer is a graduate of Haverford College and earned masters degrees at the University of Chicago and Princeton, where he also did his PhD in history of science.

Serwer, D. (2018). From war to peace in the Balkans, the Middle East and Ukraine. Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Pivot.

Serwer, D. (2013). Righting the balance: How you can help protect America. Lincoln, NE: Potomac Books




  • Afghanistan
  • Balkans
  • Eastern Europe
  • Iraq
  • Italy
  • Middle East
  • Northern Africa
  • Pakistan
  • South Asia
  • Western Europe


  • American Foreign Policy
  • Conflict Management
  • Energy
  • Resources and Environment
  • European and Eurasian Studies
  • Middle East Studies


  • Italian

In the News

Recognition of Kosovo.

Daniel Serwer cited on B92 website, 06/02

Two-state solution.

Daniel Serwer interviewed on Alhurra, 05/24

Bosnia’s peaceful disintegration impossible.

Daniel Serwer quoted on N1, 05/07

Third straight win produces a test for Albania’s Socialist Party.

Daniel Serwer quoted on Voice of America, 04/29

Greece: Kosovo’s recognition a possibility, say media in Pristina.

Daniel Serwer quoted on Independent Balkan News Agency, 04/13

There was no possibility of a change in the pro-Western direction.

Daniel Serwer quoted on Voice of America, 03/15

Syrian knot. 10 years later.

Daniel Serwer quoted on Voice of America-Russia, 03/05

U.S.-Israeli relations: Biden-Netanyahu's phone call.

Daniel Serwer quoted on Ahram Online, 02/24

Three top American scholars optimistic about revival of JCPOA.

Daniel Serwer quoted in Tehran Times, 01/27