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Joseph Montville



Bio of Joe Montville


Dr. Joe Montville ( is Director of Preventive Diplomacy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC.


His expertise is in: Conflict resolution: East Central Europe, the Baltics, the Middle East, South Africa, Northern Ireland, Russia, Canada, and Latin America. 


Before joining CSIS in 1994, Joseph Montville spent 23 years as a diplomat with posts in the Middle East and North Africa.


He also worked in the State Department’s Bureaus of Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs and Intelligence and Research, where he was chief of the Near East Division and director of the Office of Global Issues. Montville has held faculty appointments at Harvard and the University of Virginia Medical Schools for his work in political psychology. He defined the concept of Track II, nonofficial diplomacy.


Educated at Lehigh, Columbia, and Harvard Universities, Montville is the editor of Conflict and Peacemaking in Multiethnic Societies (Lexington Books, 1990) and editor (with Vamik Volkan and Demetrios Julius) of The Psychodynamics of International Relationships (Lexington Books, 1990 [vol. I], 1991 [vol. II]).




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