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Stephen Pomper

Program Director, United States
Washington, D.C.

Crisis Group Role

Steve Pomper is based in Washington, D.C. and is the Director of Crisis Group’s U.S. Program.

Professional Background

Steve Pomper joined Crisis Group from the U.S. Institute of Peace, where he was a senior policy scholar.  During the Obama Administration, he served on the staff of the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights. He also served as Senior Director for African Affairs. Prior to joining the staff of the National Security Council, he was the Assistant Legal Adviser for Political Military Affairs at the Department of State. Before working in the U.S. Government, he was a lawyer in the private sector, an editor of The Washington Monthly, and a stringer for Time Magazine.  

Steve Pomper is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.  He is a non-residential Senior Fellow at the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute and Guest Author for the Just Security web blog.


  • English (native)

In The News

6 Dec 2017
[How America projects its values] it’s a choice: giving people reason to hope if they are languishing in prison, or giving their jailers hope that they can act with impunity. The Economist

Stephen Pomper

Program Director, United States

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Op-Ed / Global

The International Criminal Court’s Case Against the United States in Afghanistan

In recent years, a confrontation between the U.S. government and the International Criminal Court (ICC) has been looming over the alleged actions of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Crisis Group's U.S. Program Director Stephen Pomper unpicks the unique U.S.-ICC relationship and outlines the choices left open to Washington.

Originally published in Just Security