Mladen Joksic

Council on Foreign Relations; Former Carnegie Council Grants Manager

Mladen Joksic is associate director, foundation relations, at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Previously, he was grants manager for Carnegie Council from 2010-2014. In addition to writing grants and identifying new partners for the Council, he developed promotional materials that showcasde the Council's mission and programmatic impact and worked on creative ways to increase the Council’s visibility.

Born and raised in Milosevic's Yugoslavia, Joksic spent five years as a member of Otpor, a youth movement that worked first to help bring about regime change and later to secure Serbia's democratic transition. Immediately prior to joining the Council, Joksic interned with Independent Diplomat. Previous work experience also includes nonprofit work in New York City as well as time spent monitoring corruption in Serbia’s high educational system.

Prior to coming to the United States, Joksic completed the European Commission's prestigious Erasmus Mundus Masters Program in Public Policy. In 2009 he received an M.A. (cum laude) in public policy from Central European University, where he specialized in international public policy. In 2008, he received his first M.A. (with merit) in development studies from the Institute of Social Studies, having focused on governance and democracy. He has a B.A. in political science from the University of Belgrade.

Featured Work

JUL 10, 2014 Article

July 1914: Sean McMeekin on the Outbreak of World War I

Would Europe have gone to war had Franz Ferdinand survived his visit to Bosnia? What were the blunders and miscalculations on all sides that fateful ...

JUN 18, 2014 Article

Cataclysm: David Stevenson on World War I as Political Tragedy

David Stevenson discusses the military and political decisions on both sides that led to World War I; the Eastern, Balkan, and Italian Fronts, which are ...

APR 16, 2014 Article

Dance of the Furies: Michael Neiberg on Europe and the Outbreak of World War I

"It is impossible for me to see how a Second World War, a Holocaust, a Cold War, a globally-engaged United States, and decolonization could happen ...

<a href="">Police and Protesters, Kiev, Jan 2014</a> via Shutterstock

MAR 5, 2014 Article

The Secret of Political Jiu-Jitsu

"While oppression may appear to be a display of the government's power, skilled activists know that it's actually a sign of weakness."

From the cover of "To End All Wars"

FEB 27, 2014 Article

To End All Wars: Adam Hochschild on World War I

The consequences of World War I are still with us, says Adam Hochschild. Are we in danger of making the same mistakes again? Why were ...

Anti-Morsy Graffiti.CREDIT: <a href="">Jonathan Rashad</a> (<a href=""">CC</a>)

APR 9, 2013 Article

Why Dictators Don't Like Jokes

Pro-democracy activists around the world are discovering that humor is one of the most powerful weapons in the fight against authoritarianism.

CREDIT: <a href="" target=_blank">zoetnet</a>, The Netherlands

MAR 21, 2012 Article

Europe's Far Right Goes Mainstream: The Failure of Multiculturalism?

What explains the far right's resurgence across Europe? Despite the perceived failures of multiculturalism, the continent should do more to understand why xenophobia remains so ...


AUG 11, 2011 Article

AMRO and the IMF: The Need for Global Economic Governance Reform

At this critical juncture, many emerging nations believe that global economic governance is derelict. This explains the rise of regional organizations such as AMRO, a ...

CREDIT: Marlene Spoerri

JUN 2, 2011 Article

The Ethics of a Justice Imposed: Ratko Mladic's Arrest and the Costs of Conditionality

For Serbians, material incentives, not a moral imperative, are the main motivation for compliance with the International Criminal Tribunal. Thus Serbia has succeeded in aspects ...

Images from left to right:<br><a href="" target="_blank">Otpor</a>; <a href="" target="_blank">April 6 Movement</a>; <a href="http://upload.

FEB 18, 2011 Article

From Resistance to Revolution and Back Again: What Egyptian Youth Can Learn From Otpor When Its Activists Leave Tahrir Square

Joksic and Spoerri discuss Otpor, the Serbian youth movement that influenced Egypt's youths. In analyzing the sources of Otpor's ultimate collapse after Milosevic's fall, they ...