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Daniel Serwer

Director of American Foreign Policy

Director of Conflict Management


Also a scholar at the Middle East Institute, Daniel Serwer is the author of 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). 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. 

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 Resolution and Negotiation
  • Energy Issues
  • European Union and Transatlantic Relations
  • Foreign Aid and Global Poverty
  • Governance
  • Nation-building and Democratization
  • Peacekeeping
  • Strategic and Security Issues


  • Italian

In the News

Kosovo’s new government is ill-fated.

Daniel Serwer wrote in Prishtina Insight, 6/3

Kosovo agreement could destabilize region.

Daniel Serwer interviewed on N1 TV, 5/22

European-Israeli war of words

Daniel Serwer quoted in Al-Ahram, 5/7

Kosovo’s ousted government, secret deals, and war crimes charges

Daniel Serwer cited in Balkan Insight, 3/27

‘Grenell is no friend of Kosovo’.

Daniel Serwer cited in Prishtina Insight, 3/23

Palestinian-Israeli economic war.

Daniel Serwer quoted in Al-Ahram, 2/22

From Student Activist to Prime Minister in Kosovo.

Daniel Serwer cited on Voice of America, 2/4

Trump says killing Iranian general will prevent war, but experts have doubts.

Daniel Serwer quoted by Sinclair Broadcast Group, 1/3

U.S. envoy: Iran orchestrated Baghdad embassy attack.

Daniel Serwer quoted in The National, 1/2

Iraq anti-government protests continue.

Daniel Serwer interviewed on CGTN, 11/4

HR Valentin Inzko pointed out on the General Paralysis of Political Processes in BiH.

Daniel Serwer and Michael Haltzel cited in Sarajevo Times, 11/2

President praises Professor Serwer’s contribution to peace of Balkans.

Daniel Serwer cited in Albanian Daily News, 10/28

Bolton sacking raises hopes – and fears – in Balkans.

Daniel Serwer quoted in Balkan Insight, 9/16

What is next for peace talks with the Taliban?

Daniel Serwer interviewed on Global Dispatches podcast, 9/12

Vucic is trying to convince U.S. he can solve problems in Balkans.

Daniel Serwer quoted in Gazeta Express, 8/30

"Arab NATO" is doomed to fail.

Daniel Serwer cited in Vestnik Kavkaza, 8/23

No urgency on Kosovo-Serbia dialogue.

Daniel Serwer cited in Gazeta Express, 8/15

Week in review: Breakthroughs and false starts.

Daniel Serwer cited in Balkan Insight, 8/8

A not so progressive case for withdrawing from Syria.

Daniel Serwer wrote for Middle East Institute, 8/8

U.S.: Trump leaving door open to diplomacy.

Daniel Serwer interviewed on TRT World, 6/25

Tehran shoots down U.S. 'spy' drone, aggravating U.S.-Iran tensions.

Daniel Serwer interviewed on Australian Broadcasting Corporation RN Breakfast, 6/21

Remaking al-Bashir’s regime in Sudan.

Daniel Serwer quoted in LobeLog, 6/13

How to salvage Iran nuclear deal with the remaining signatories?

Daniel Serwer interviewed on CGTN World Insight, 5/10

U.S. ratchets up pressure on Iran nuclear deal.

Daniel Serwer interviewed on CGTN World Insight, 5/9

How will Western Balkans deal with security challenges and past conflicts?

Daniel Serwer quoted in European Western Balkans, 5/1

Import tariff threatens Kosovo’s most important alliance.

Daniel Serwer quoted in Prishtina Insight, 2/15