Stefan Lehne is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe and a lecturer at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna. His research focuses on EU foreign policy, EU reforms and institutional developments. His career as an Austrian diplomat and as an EU official included positions as director general for political affairs in the Austrian foreign ministry and director for the Western Balkans, Eastern Europe and Central Asia in the general secretariat of the Council of the EU. With EU High Representative, Javier Solana, he worked on various peace missions in the Balkans. He also served as EU envoy to the UN talks on the status of Kosovo.