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Stephen Pomper

Senior Director of Policy
Washington, D.C.

Crisis Group Role

Steve Pomper is based in Washington, D.C. and is the Senior Director of Policy.

Professional Background

Prior to joining Crisis Group, Stephen served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights at the National Security Council under President Obama. He also served as the Senior Director for African Affairs. Prior to joining the staff of the National Security Council, he served in a variety of roles with the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State, where he specialised in international humanitarian and human rights law, including as the Assistant Legal Adviser for Political-Military Affairs and acting Assistant Legal Adviser for Afghanistan, Pakistan and South and Central Asian Affairs.

Outside government, Stephen has been a Senior Policy Scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace and a Leonard and Sophie Davis Genocide Prevention Distinguished Fellow at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and was in private practice at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. He is a non-residential Senior Fellow at the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute and the NYU Law School Center on Law and Security, and a Guest Author for the Just Security web blog. Stephen received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, summa cum laude, and his law degree from Yale Law School.

Languages

  • English (native)
     

In The News

15 Mar 2019
[On US visa restrictions against the ICC] the United States should be working to root out war criminals, not intimidate their prosecutors. Bloomberg

Stephen Pomper

Senior Director of Policy
4 Jan 2019
A relatively modest trade would help kickstart a more meaningful diplomatic process [between the U.S. and North Korea]. A verified shutdown of the Yongbyon nuclear facility wouldn’t end North Korea’s program but it could be significant. Washington Examiner

Stephen Pomper

Senior Director of Policy
7 Dec 2018
Bringing Heather Nauert aboard in a sub-Cabinet role will diminish the position [of US ambassador to the UN] yet further AP

Stephen Pomper

Senior Director of Policy
1 Dec 2018
Wednesday's vote sends an important and long overdue message that it's time for the U.S. to end its participation in the conflict in Yemen. Middle East Eye

Stephen Pomper

Senior Director of Policy
22 Nov 2018
Les deux partis au Congrès perdent patience face à la campagne menée par l’Arabie Saoudite au Yémen. Il y a des raisons d’espérer que le Congrès interviendra pour contrer MBS, même si Trump ne le fait pas. L'Orient-le-jour

Stephen Pomper

Senior Director of Policy
9 Oct 2018
[Nikki Haley] was a divisive force, attacking institutions and NGOs that serve transparency and basic rights and working to transform humanitarian assistance into a political weapon. Foreign Policy

Stephen Pomper

Senior Director of Policy

Latest Updates

Yemen Cannot Afford to Wait

The scars in the country run deep – and the U.S. shares responsibility.

Also available in العربية
Op-Ed / United States

Trump’s Refugee Fiasco

The administration just slashed the number of refugees the U.S. will admit to a record low. Its reasoning doesn’t pass the laugh test.

Originally published in Politico

Op-Ed / United States

Why Trump Should Take It Slow With Kim Jong Un

Any successful deal with North Korea will require an extraordinary amount of patience and attention to detail.

Originally published in Politico Magazine

Commentary / United States

Eight Big Questions on War and Peace for Mike Pompeo 

With a dizzying range of international crises and conflicts facing the U.S., the confirmation hearing of incoming Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday 12 April is a chance to gauge the administration's future tack. Crisis Group's U.S. Program Director Stephen Pomper identifies eight critical issues that are likely to dominate Pompeo's incumbency and that senators should raise. 

Op-Ed / United States

The US and ICC May Still Steer Past Each Other–Why and How

Since the International Criminal Court's prosecutor announced that she would seek permission to open an investigation into the situation in Afghanistan, the United States and the ICC have been on a slow motion collision course. The stakes are high for the court, and how these maneuvers unfold could have a profound impact on its future work.

Originally published in Just Security