Leon Hartwell

Leon Hartwell

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Leon Hartwell (@LeonHartwell) is a Non-Resident Transatlantic Leadership Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) focusing on transatlantic leadership skills, emerging leadership development, and the role of the U.S. in Central and Eastern Europe. He is a former Title VIII Transatlantic Leadership Fellow.

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.

From 2012 to 2013, Hartwell was the Senior Policy Advisor for Political and Development Cooperation at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Zimbabwe, where his work included 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 analyzed domestic and regional issues, including elections, peace processes, and democracy.

Hartwell holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pretoria, where from 2005 to 2009 he also lectured in the Political Sciences Department on international relations and politics. Furthermore, he has published extensively in professional journals and mainstream media ranging from Harvard’s Negotiation Journal to Balkan Insight. He speaks Afrikaans, English, Latvian, and Dutch.