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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, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, where he was a Davis Distinguished Fellow. 

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 and chaired the interagency Atrocities Prevention Board. 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.


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In The News

10 Mar 2018
Regional players need to push for a concrete, achievable agenda, with realistic expectations [ahead of the U.S.-North Korea summit]. CGTN America

Stephen Pomper

Program Director, United States
10 Mar 2018
There is a risk that the U.S. and North Korea will come together with unrealistic expectations, expecting that all will be achieved in a one and done meeting. CGTN America

Stephen Pomper

Program Director, United States
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

Latest Updates

Op-Ed / United States

Preventing Atrocity in the Age of Trump

The Obama administration set out to create a future free of genocide. Does that future still have a chance?

Originally published in The Atlantic

Op-Ed / Asia

An Olympic Truce Could Help Solve the Korea Crisis

The Trump administration should take advantage of the Games to promote a peaceful solution to the impasse with North Korea.

Originally published in Politico

Op-Ed / Global

On the U.N. Human Rights Council, Quitters Are Losers

The United States should stay and fight, not cut and run.

Originally published in Foreign Policy

An Accounting for the Uncounted

The human cost of the war on ISIS has become too easy for Americans to ignore.

Originally published in The Atlantic