Victoria K. Holt is a Senior Associate at the Henry L. Stimson Center, where she co-directs the Future of Peace Operations project. She recently co-authored a study of peacekeeping reforms at the United Nations, analyzing implementation of the recommendations of the 2000 Brahimi Report and offering options for further improving peace operations. As part of her work at Stimson, she also looks at regional capacities in Africa for peace operations, US policies, and efforts to improve peacekeeping and rule of law tools. Ms. Holt joined the Stimson Center in 2001, bringing policy and political expertise on UN and peacekeeping issues from her work at the State Department, in the NGO field and on Capitol Hill over the previous 15 years. She served as Senior Policy Advisor at the State Department (Legislative Affairs), where she was responsible for interaction with Congress on issues involving the UN, peacekeeping and international organizations. Prior to joining State in 1999, she was Executive Director of the Emergency Coalition for US Financial Support of the United Nations, a bipartisan coalition of leading statesmen and civic organizations supporting US payment of UN arrears. Ms. Holt also directed the Project on Peacekeeping and the UN at the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation in Washington, DC. From 1987 to 1994, Ms. Holt worked as a senior Congressional staffer, focusing on defense and foreign policy issues for members of the House Armed Services Committee. She served as Legislative Director for Rep. Thomas H. Andrews and as Senior Legislative Assistant to Rep. George J. Hochbrueckner. Before working on Capitol Hill, she focused on defense and arms control issues for numerous public interest organizations. Ms. Holt is a graduate of the Naval War College and holds a BA with honors from Wesleyan University. Ms. Holt is on the Executive Board of Women in International Security (WIIS).