Director, Asia Program
International Crisis Group
As Director of International Crisis Group’s Asia Program, Laurel leads the organization’s research, analysis, and policy advocacy about and in the region. Prior to joining Crisis Group, Laurel was a senior foreign policy expert at the RAND Corporation, where her work covered a wide range of subjects including conflict resolution, democratization, institution-building, and anti-corruption in countries throughout the world. She has served in several positions in the U.S. government, including as deputy and then acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan; Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs; Deputy to the Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues; and Director for western hemisphere affairs at the National Security Council. Laurel is a graduate of Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs and the University of Chicago Law School.