Welcome to peacefare.net!  This blog is dedicated to building peace worldwide.  It focuses on the concepts, analysis, policies, institutions, people, experience, lessons learned and tools needed to prevent and resolve violent international conflict.  It is open to military and civilian contributions, to third country and host country nationals, to national government officials, civil society and international organizations.

Peacefare.net is published by Daniel Serwer, LLC.  The blogger in chief is a professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and director of its Conflict Management Program, as well as a Senior Fellow in the Center for Transatlantic Relations and a Scholar at the Middle East Institute.  Formerly Vice President of the Centers of Innovation at the United States Institute of Peace, he oversaw the Institute’s work in rule of law, religion and peacemaking, sustainable economies, media and conflict, and science, technology and peacebuilding, as well as security sector governance and gender.

As USIP Vice President for Peace and Stability Operations, Serwer worked on preventing interethnic and sectarian conflict in Iraq and served as the executive director of the Iraq Study Group.  He facilitated dialogue between Serbs and Albanians in the Balkans. He came to USIP as a senior fellow working on Balkan regional security in 1998-1999. Before that, he was a minister-counselor at the Department of State, where he won six performance awards. As State Department director of European and Canadian analysis in 1996-1997, he supervised the analysts who tracked Bosnia and Dayton implementation as well as the deterioration of the security situation in Albania and Kosovo.

Serwer served from 1994 to 1996 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, where he led a major diplomatic mission through the end of the Cold War and the first Gulf War.

Daniel Serwer, without the body armor
Daniel Serwer, without the body armor

Peacefare has had a number of assistants in recent years who have edited and maintained the blog, done research and performed any number of other tasks, sublime and menial. Prospective employers can find their resumes linked below, along with samples of their work published on peacefare. Their efforts are enormously appreciated and their company enjoyed.   These are among the very best!


Name Education Dates worked Sample posts
Emily Olsson Colgate 9/10 – 4/11
Adam Lewis Haverford 5/11 – 10/11 8/10/11
Geoffrey Curfman Colgate, LSE 10/11 – 12/11 1/6/12
Eric Shu Brown 1/12 – 5/12 5/8/12
Gregor Nazarian Yale, Georgetown 6/12 – 8/12 6/6/12
Ilona Gerbakher UCLA, Harvard 6/12 – 8/12 6/21/12
Allison Stuewe Swarthmore 9/12 – 12/12 10/10/12
Laurentina Cizza UMBC 1/13 – 4/13 4/2/13
Lindsay Hogan Ursinus College 4/13 – 6/13 5/23/13
Ala’ Alrababa’h Dartmouth 6/13 – 8/13 7/26/13
Idon Natanzon Columbia, SAIS 6/13 – 8/13 7/24/13
Sidney Balman Cornell 9/13 – 12/13 12/5/13
Sarah Saleeb University of Virginia 9/13 – 12/13 12/11/13
Marcela Schaefer SOAS 1/14 – 5/14 2/23/14
Jennifer Fendrick George Mason 6/14 – 8/14 7/18/14
Caroline Zullo UNC Chapel Hill 6/14 – 8/14 7/23/14
Crispin Smith Oxford, Harvard 9/14 – 12/14 10/10/14
Jacqueline Fulgham Connecticut College 9/14 – 12/14 9/25/14
Yael Mizrahi-Arnaud IDC Herzliyah, SAIS 1/15-6/15 4/28/1510/04/15
Svenn Wroldsen LSE, Georgetown 1/15 – 5/15 3/30/15
Maithili Bagaria Rice 6/9-7/30 7/15/15; 7/24/15
Eddie Grove Princeton 6/15 – 8/15 8/31/15
Bridget Gill Oxford, Columbia & LSE 8/15-12/15  11/11/201511/5/2015
Heidi Liedtke American University 8/15 – 12/15  10/19/2015
Katie Preston Middlebury College 5/16 – 8/16 8/12/2016
Rebecca Asch University of California, San Diego 9/2016 – 12/2016 11/16/2016
Miriam Lake University of Melbourne 9/2016 – 12/2016 11/30/2016
Sarah Timreck Swarthmore, George Washington University 1/17 – 5/17 5/23/2017