Center for Strategic and International Studies
J. Stephen Morrison joined the Center for Strategic and International Studies (external link) in January 2000 from the Policy Planning Staff at the US Department of State where he was responsible for African affairs and global foreign assistance issues. In the past year, he led the State Department’s initiative on illicit diamonds and chaired an interagency review of the US government’s crisis humanitarian programs. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin, has been an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies since 1994, and is a graduate magna cum laude from Yale College. During 1993-1995, at then USAID administrator J. Brian Atwood’s request, Morrison conceptualized and launched USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives, where he served as its first deputy director, created post-conflict field programs in Angola and Bosnia, and worked on other programs in Rwanda and Haiti. From early 1992 until mid-1993 he served as the democracy and governance adviser to the USAID mission and US embassies in Ethiopia and Eritrea. In the period 1987-1991 he was a senior staff member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa.