Lauren Van Metre is the acting vice president for the Applied Research on Conflict center.
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