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Stephen Pomper

Senior Director for Policy
Washington, D.C.

Crisis Group Role

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


  • 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 for 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 for 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 for 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 for 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 for 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 for Policy

Latest Updates

Commentary / United States

Congress Should Help Rein In Trump's New Pro-war National Security Advisor

Contrarian arguments about John Bolton – that he is smart and that his hawkishness might browbeat U.S. rivals into peace deals – look past a long record that suggests an appetite for forcible regime change, a capacity for shading the truth, and a failure to learn from past mistakes.

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