Leon Hartwell

Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Leadership

Dr. Leon Hartwell is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow with the Democratic Resilience and Transatlantic Leadership programs at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) in Washington DC and a 2022 Mladena and Dianko Sotirov Visiting Fellow at IDEAS, the London School of Economics.  His research interests include conflict resolution, genocide, transitional justice, diplomacy, democracy, and the Western Balkans.

Previously, Hartwell was CEPA’s Acting Director of the Transatlantic Leadership Program and a Title VIII Fellow. From 2012 to 2013, he was also the Senior Policy Advisor for Political and Development Cooperation at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Zimbabwe, where his work included government and civil society engagement, political reporting, peace building projects, and supporting human rights defenders. Prior to that, he was a policy officer at the Netherlands Embassy in South Africa, where he conducted project management and analyzed domestic and regional issues, including elections, peace processes, and democracy.

In 2019, Hartwell completed a joint doctoral degree summa cum laude at Leipzig University (Germany) and Stellenbosch University (South Africa). His thesis analyzed the use of mediation in the resolution of armed conflicts. He also holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pretoria, where from 2005 to 2009, he lectured in the Political Sciences Department on international relations and politics. In addition, Hartwell has also lectured at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and presented guest lectures at universities and institutions in the U.S., Japan, Australia, Latvia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

Hartwell has published extensively in professional journals and mainstream media ranging from Harvard’s Negotiation Journal (Harvard-MIT-Tufts) to Balkan Insight. He speaks Afrikaans, English, Dutch, and Latvian, which he studied at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute.

Written by Leon Hartwell

Photo: People protest after Kosovo's decision to raise customs tariffs on Serbian and Bosnian goods, in the village of Rudare near Mitrovica, Kosovo, November 23, 2018. Credit: REUTERS/Laura Hasani The EU and the Riddle of the Vegetarian Tiger The European Union is causing problems in its dealings with an increasingly nationalist Serbia. The answers are clear, but the bloc’s diplomats seem unable to grasp them.
blank North Macedonia: On the Edge Fresh political upheaval in the Balkans worries the West and cheers the Kremlin.
blank Bosnia: A Sea of Red Flags Division and even armed conflict are a growing possibility in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Not for the first time, Russia is heavily implicated
blank Dithering EU Puts Balkans at Risk The EU must be consistent about its messaging, lest it lose its ability to help build a Europe whole, free, and at peace. 
blank Beware: This Kosovo Crisis Is Not a Game A seemingly trivial dispute over vehicle license plates has triggered serious tension and troop movements in Serbia and Kosovo.
blank The Serbia-Kosovo Dialogue: Ripe for Resolution? The United States and Europe must invest more to help Belgrade and Pristina find common ground