Laura Silber is Director of Public Affairs at the Open Society Institute, where she runs the Communications Department and plays a leading role in advocacy. Prior to joining OSI in 2000, Ms. Silber was a contributing writer at Talk magazine and covered the United Nations for the Financial Times. From 1990 to 1997 she was the Financial Times Balkans correspondent. She was also an Independent Project Fellow at OSI and a visiting scholar at the Remarque Institute at New York University. From 1987-1989, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Yugoslavia. She is the co-author of the critically acclaimed Yugoslavia: Death of a Nation, which was selected a New York Times notable book in 1996. She was consultant to the accompanying television documentary series, which won the duPont Gold Baton and Peabody awards. She was series consultant for The Fall of Milosevic, a documentary that details the collapse of the regime of the former Yugoslav president. She graduated from the School of International and Public Affairs Columbia University and received her BA from Carleton College.

Laura Silber has also contributed to the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Review of Books, among other publications.