Marlene Spoerri

Carnegie Council Contributing Editor; Host, Ethics Matter

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

Marlene Spoerri is the host of Carnegie Council's Ethics Matter, a series of town hall-style conversations with public intellectuals, policymakers, and activists. Spoerri also contributes to the Council’s weekly podcast, Global Ethics Corner.

Prior to joining the Council, Spoerri worked for the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the U.S. Embassy in Croatia, and the Humanitarian Law Center. A dual Dutch-American citizen, she speaks English, Dutch, and Serbian.

In November 2012, Spoerri will defend her Ph.D. in European Studies at the University of Amsterdam. In addition to teaching about democracy and international relations, she has served as a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute and Central European University’s Department of Political Science.

Spoerri’s forthcoming manuscript, Engineering Revolution? Building Parties and Bringing Down Dictators in the former Yugoslavia, explores the role of US and European foreign aid in facilitating—and inhibiting—democracy in post-authoritarian and newly democratic states. Her articles have appeared in peer-reviewed journals, including Democratization, Europe-Asia Studies, the Journal of International Relations and Development, as well as in news outlets like the Christian Science Monitor.

In recognition of her research, she has received fellowships, awards and stipends from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Association for the Study of Nationalities and Harvard’s Kokkalis Program on Southeast and Eastern Europe. To learn more about Marlene’s research, please visit

Focus: Democracy, Diplomacy, Human Rights, Peace, War, Bosnia, Croatia, Georgia, Kosovo, Serbia, Ukraine, Europe

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Last Updated: Oct 16, 2012

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