Lauren Van Metre

Former Senior Fellow

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Lauren Van Metre is a senior fellow in the center for Applied Conflict Transformation.

Prior to coming to the Institute, she obtained a doctorate in Russian studies at The Johns Hopkins University’s School for Advanced International Studies. Her dissertation was on identity negotiations among Russia's regions.

Van Metre has worked at the State Department as deputy office director for Kosovo peace implementation, managing its reconciliation and independent, sustainable media programs.  Previously at USIP, as a program officer, she ran the Balkans and European working groups, which facilitated discussions among institutions supporting the region’s peace processes. As special assistant to the assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, she managed the organization of the first Defense Ministerial of the Americas and the South Balkans Defense Ministerial—meetings to promote better civil-military relations in these regions and improve transparency in defense relations.

During Russia's transition, she worked in St. Petersburg on a Carnegie Corporation grant to assist Russian military officers’ transition to civilian life after returning from East Europe


Articles & Analysis from this Expert

October 17, 2013

The first class of students benefitting from a unique partnership between Future Generations Graduate School and the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) graduated at a ceremony in Washington, DC, on October 11, a milestone in USIP’s efforts to expand peacebuilding education to practitioners around the world.


March 23, 2015
Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its military operations in Eastern Ukraine have overturned the post–Cold War norms that had provided stability and development for the former Soviet countries bordering Russia. As neighboring countries assess their own security situation based on Russia’s aggressive practices in Ukraine and the West’s response, they are actively testing the new contours of Russian and Western engagement, regional alliances and relationships, and regional conflict dynamics.
September 15, 1997
The Dayton Implementation Working Group project envisions meetings on the Train and Equip program, the apprehension of war criminals, the return of refugees, and Brcko as a model for peace implementation. The purpose of this working group is to encourage dialogue among representatives from the administration and Capitol Hill and policy analysts on how best to implement these critical elements of the Dayton peace agreement
December 11, 1998
Throughout 1998 the United States Institute of Peace hosted a series of meetings of its Balkans Working Group to evaluate the implementation of the Dayton Peace Accords.
April 1, 1997
On March 5, 1997, the United States Institute of Peace convened the first session of its European Security Working Group to discuss the implications of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO's) commitment to enlarge the alliance at the July 1997 Summit in Madrid.