Sarah Harrison

Sarah Harrison

Senior Analyst, U.S. Program

Crisis Group Role

Sarah is a Senior Analyst in the U.S. Program, where she researches, analyses and writes about U.S. foreign policy and national security issues as they relate to Crisis Group’s mission, with a focus on U.S. military partnerships, security assistance, use of force and foreign policy in Africa.

Professional Background

Before coming to Crisis Group, Sarah served for more than four years as Associate General Counsel at the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Office of General Counsel (OGC), International Affairs, where she advised on domestic and international legal issues related to U.S. national security and the activities of the U.S. armed forces. Sarah was the lead OGC attorney for the planning and conduct of DoD activities on the continent of Africa and was counsel to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs. Sarah was also the lead OGC attorney for DoD humanitarian assistance, foreign disaster relief, the Leahy law, stabilisation, peacekeeping, and Women, Peace and Security issues. From 2020 to 2021, Sarah taught international law as an adjunct professor for the Georgetown University Law Center. From 2015 to 2017, Sarah served as Counselor to the Secretary of Homeland Security. Sarah has also worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross, the White House Office of Legislative Affairs, Human Rights First and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Areas of Expertise

  • U.S. national security law and policy,
  • International law (eg, use of force, human rights, humanitarian law), 
  • U.S. military policy as it pertains to the continent of Africa (except for Egypt),
  • U.S. security assistance, the "Leahy laws", the coup restriction and end-use monitoring.

Languages

  • English
  • Sign language, conversational

In The News

19 Οκτ 2023
If you work in the [U.S.] federal government and question anything Israel does you are sidelined and silenced. HuffPost

Sarah Harrison

Senior Analyst, U.S. Program
17 Αυγ 2023
If an ECOWAS invasion [of Niger] happened, and there was a regional war, I think that would really put the [U.S.] Defense Department in a tricky position. Responsible Statecraft

Sarah Harrison

Senior Analyst, U.S. Program
1 Αυγ 2023
It really shouldn’t be the case that the U.S. considers its influence severely weakened because it can’t provide military equipment or training to a certain country. The Intercept

Sarah Harrison

Senior Analyst, U.S. Program
1 Ιουλ 2023
With such a broad definition for defense of foreign partners ... it’s no wonder [U.S.] Africa Command’s collective self-defense strikes in Somalia sometimes resemble clos... New York Times

Sarah Harrison

Senior Analyst, U.S. Program
14 Μάιος 2023
[The Pentagon’s narrow interpretation of the Leahy Law is] a dishonest reading of the plain text and intention of Congress. New York Times

Sarah Harrison

Senior Analyst, U.S. Program

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