Kurt Bassuener is a PhD candidate at the University of St. Andrews and recipient of the Fulbright-St. Andrews Award in 2016–2017. His dissertation aims to demonstrate that internationally brokered peace agreements with integral power-sharing arrangements entrench an incentive structure which preserve warlord politics and resist endogenous change. His three comparative case studies are Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, and Lebanon.
Kurt is also co-founder and senior associate of the Democratization Policy Council www.democratizationpolicy.org, an initiative for accountable democratization policy worldwide, established in 2005. He also was co-author and research director for the Diplomat’s Handbook for Democracy Development Support, a project of the Community of Democracies http://www.democratizationpolicy.org/diplomats-handbook/ , the 3rd edition of which was published in 2013. Prior to beginning his studies at St. Andrews, he lived for eleven years in Sarajevo, where he moved in 2005 to serve as a strategist for High Representative Paddy Ashdown. He also was political and campaign analyst for the OSCE-ODIHR election observation mission in Ukraine in 2004–2005. Previously, his career was in analysis-based advocacy in Washington DC, for the Balkan Institute, Balkan Action Council, US Institute of Peace, and International Rescue Committee. Kurt received his MA from Central European University in 1994 and his BA from The American University’s School of International Service in 1991.