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]).
Montville is also currently a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Distinguished Diplomat in Residence at the School of International Service at American University, a Faculty Member at the Center for the Study of Mind and Human Interaction at University of Virginia Medical School, and a member of the International Council on Conflict Resolution at The Carter Center.