MARK S. MILOSCH, Ph.D. – Dr. Milosch was appointed Chief of Staff by Commission Chairman Rep. Chris Smith. He is responsible for working with Commission staff in achieving the Chairman’s goals, and for liaising on behalf of the Chairman with commissioners, other Members of Congress, the executive branch, foreign governments, and intergovernmental organizations and NGOs. He also advises the Chairman on foreign policy toward the OSCE and the organization’s 57 participating states, as well as partner states. He serves as Chairman Smith’s principal advisor regarding the commission’s program of hearings, briefings, special events, and advocacy on human rights, commercial and security issues connected to the OSCE.
Before his current appointment, Dr. Milosch served as Deputy Chief of Staff in 2013-2014, as Chief of Staff in 2011-2012, and from 2007-2010 as Senior Advisor to Rep. Smith, a senior member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs who has focused much of his legislative work on international human rights legislation and advocacy. In 2006-2007, he served as Counsel to the Helsinki Commission, and from 2003-2006 as Special Advisor to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. In the 1990s he practiced law in Detroit, Michigan.
Dr. Milosch earned a B.A. summa cum laude in International Relations and Justice, Morality, and Constitutional Democracy from Michigan State University’s James Madison College, a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, a Certificate in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Bologna Center, and a Ph.D. in European History from the University of Iowa. He is the author of Modernizing Bavaria: The Politics of Franz Josef Strauβ and the Christian Social Union, 1949-1969 (New York: Berghahn Books, 2006). A former Fulbright and DAAD Scholar to Germany, and the 1992 Paul Nitze fellow at the SAIS Bologna Center, he is fluent in German and Italian and has reading knowledge of French and Romanian.
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Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic (C), who serves as Chairman-in-Office of the OSCE in 2015, meeting with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (L) and Helsinki Commission Chairman Chris Smith (R) immediately after the February 25 hearing on Serbia's leadership of the OSCE. (Feb. 2015)