Valery Perry is an independent consultant and Senior Associate at the Democratization Policy Council (DPC). She has worked in the Western Balkans since the late 1990s, conducting research and working for organizations including DPC, the European Center for Minority Issues, the Public International Law and Policy Group, the NATO Stabilization Force, and several NGOs. From September 2017 to March 2019 she was coordinator at the OSCE Mission to Serbia on a project to prevent and counter violent extremism, having previously worked at the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has consulted for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the U.N. Development Program, the Regional Cooperation Council, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), IMPAQ International, and other organizations.
Perry has a PhD from George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, has published numerous articles and book chapters, has spoken at conferences and policy events in the United States and throughout Europe, and has testified at the U.S. Congress. She edited the book Extremism and Violent Extremism in Serbia: 21-st Century Manifestations of an Historical Challenge, published in 2019 by Ibidem Press/Columbia University Press. She co-edited, with Soeren Keil, Statebuilding and Democratization in Bosnia and Herzegovina, published in 2015 by Ashgate.