Dr James Lyon is an expert on the Balkans having lived in and studied the region for decades. Dr. Lyon directed Balkan projects for the International Crisis Group for ten years. He has written numerous books, many scholarly articles, dozens of published reports, numerous Op/Eds, and has testified before the US Congress and parliamentary panels of EU member states.He received a Ph.D. in Modern Balkan History at the University of California, Los Angeles, an M.A. in International Relations from Brigham Young University, and a B.A. in Russian Language and Literature from Brigham Young University.
He has worked primarily in management for international development organizations (USAID, UNDP, EU), the private sector, the Office of the High Representative (OHR), and cooperated with major international organizations (IMF, World Bank, OSCE, UN, etc.). He is an Associate Researcher at the University of Graz in Austria, and a Senior Associate advising the Democratization Policy Council.