Laurel Miller Program Director, Asia Washington, D.C. Please submit all media inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com or call +32 (0) 2 536 00 71. Crisis Group Role As Director of Crisis Group’s Asia Program, Laurel leads the organisation’s research, analysis, and policy advocacy about and in the region. She joined Crisis Group in January 2019. Professional Background Prior to joining Crisis Group, Laurel was a senior foreign policy expert at the RAND Corporation, 2017-2018 and 2009-2013. Her research and analysis at RAND covered a wide range of subjects including conflict resolution, democratisation, institution-building, and anti-corruption in countries throughout the world. From 2013 to mid-2017, Laurel was the deputy and then acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the U.S. Department of State. During previous U.S. government service, she was Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, Senior Advisor to the U.S. special envoy for the Balkans, and Deputy to the Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues. She was directly involved in peace negotiations in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Macedonia. Laurel also served as Director for western hemisphere affairs at the National Security Council. Laurel was a senior expert at the U.S. Institute of Peace, where she focused on constitution-making, rule of law development, and transitional justice. She has been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown. Earlier, Laurel practiced law at Covington & Burling in Washington, DC, and Brussels. She was an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington. Laurel is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Chicago Law School. Laurel has been widely interviewed including by the BBC, CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, PBS NewsHour, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. She has published commentaries in Foreign Policy, the Los Angeles Times, The National Interest, The New York Times, and elsewhere. Languages English Select Publications Laurel edited and co-authored an extensive study of constitution-making processes, “Framing the State in Times of Transition” (USIP Press, 2010). Her RAND publications include “Democratization in the Arab World” (2012), “Building a More Resilient Haitian State” (2010), “Overcoming Obstacles to Peace” (2013), and (forthcoming) “Envisioning a Comprehensive Peace Agreement for Afghanistan”. In The News 11 Feb 2020 Looks like U.S.-Taliban deal is imminent. That will be the biggest milestone by far in 10 years of off-and-on efforts to launch an Afghan peace process. VOA Laurel Miller Program Director, Asia 21 Oct 2019 The Taliban have always said, ‘We will never negotiate the future of Afghanistan while foreign troops have their boots on our soil.’ They compromised on that, and that’s huge. The New Yorker Laurel Miller Program Director, Asia 27 Aug 2019 A U.S.-Taliban deal cannot be a peace agreement because it settles nothing about the dispute within Afghanistan. It only settles the question of the American presence in Afghanistan. NPR Laurel Miller Program Director, Asia 5 Jul 2019 An agreement that is just between the US and the Taliban is not a peace agreement for Afghanistan. AFP Laurel Miller Program Director, Asia 4 Mar 2019 I don’t believe that Pakistan has the capability to straight out make peace happen in Afghanistan, but they definitely have the capability to make peace not [happen]. Reuters Laurel Miller Program Director, Asia 27 Jan 2019 There’s also the possibility, that a deal — that’s really just a deal between the U.S. and the Taliban — emerges in a way that provides a cover for an exit [from Afghanistan] but not much more. NBC News Laurel Miller Program Director, Asia Latest Updates Q&A / Asia 29 January 2019 Interpreting the U.S. Talks with the Taliban Talks with the Taliban in the Qatari capital Doha have raised hopes that the U.S. could end its involvement in Afghanistan’s war. Our Asia Program Director Laurel Miller and Afghanistan analysts Borhan Osman and Graeme Smith break down what was achieved and what remains unresolved.