Laura Hall

Former Director for the Near East and North Africa in the Office of the Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance (Department of State)

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Ms. Hall no longer works in residence at the Stimson Center with the Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense (BFAD) program on issues related to institutional capacity and human capital management at the Department of State. She is currently the director for the Near East and North Africa in the Office of the Director of
U.S. Foreign Assistance (Department of State).

Ms. Hall has been director for civilian response operations training and doctrine in the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization (S/CRS) at the Department of State.  In that position, she was responsible for developing doctrine and concepts for US government civilian capabilities in post-conflict operations and for developing the interagency training program for the Civilian Response Corps.

Previously, she was the director for stability operations in the relief, stabilization, and development directorate at the National Security Council from March 2006 to May 2008. She was the primary official at the White House responsible for implementing the President’s initiative on creating a civilian response corps. She also assisted the G8 Sherpa, was responsible for the NSC’s engagement on the International Affairs Budget, and supported the President’s development agenda.

Ms. Hall was the director of strategy and policy in the office of the coordinator for reconstruction and stabilization (S/CRS) at the U.S. Department of State from 2004 to 2006. She was responsible for Congressional relations and for institutionalizing processes for response management and interagency coordination, including leading the drafting of National Security Presidential Directive 44 “Management of Interagency Efforts Concerning Reconstruction and Stabilization.” 

From 2001 to 2004, she served on the Policy Coordination Staff of the Director General of the Foreign Service and Chief Human Capital Officer.

Ms. Hall joined the Department of State as a Presidential Management Intern, serving in the Bureau of Political Military Affairs and the Bureau of Arms Control working on strategic nuclear policy and political-military contingency planning.

Ms. Hall received a Master of Public Policy degree in International Security and Economic Policy from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of South Carolina, Honors College.

Research & Writing

Issue Brief
The Future of S/CRS

As the long-awaited Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) proceeds through its summer schedule, there has been a lot of speculation about the future of one particular part of the State Department: the Office of the Coordinator for Reconst…

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