Sarah B. Sewall

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Sarah Sewall is the former Director of the Carr Center.

"During the 2012 calendar year, Sarah Sewall will be visiting as Minerva Chair at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. She is a lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and is the founder and faculty director of the Mass Atrocity Response Operations (MARO) Project. In 2010, she led a seminal study for the U.S. military on efforts to reduce civilian casualties. Dr. Sewall directed the Obama Transition's National Security Agency Review process in 2008. During the Clinton Administration, she served as the first Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Assistance. From 1983-1996, she was Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell. In addition to the MARO Planning Handbook, her more recent publications include Parameters of Partnership: U.S. Civil-Military Relations in the 21st Century (2009) and the introduction to the U.S. Army and Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Manual (2007). She is a member of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board, the Center for Naval Analyses' Defense Advisory Committee, and the board of Oxfam America. She graduated from Harvard College and received her doctorate from Oxford University." [1]

"Sarah Sewall, deputy assistant secretary of defense from 1993 to 1996". [1]

Sewall is married to Massachusetts Rep. Tom Conroy.


Writing in 2007 Edward S. Herman notes that it is "A dead giveaway is the fact that its current Executive Director, Sarah Sewall, has been a consultant to the Pentagon and is a specialist in counter-insurgency warfare (see her "Modernizing U.S. Counterinsurgency Practice," Military Review, Sept./Oct., 2006)." [2]

"The United States and the International Criminal Court: National Security and International Law. Launched in 1998, this study brought together legal, political, and military experts to examine the relationship of the proposed International Criminal Court (ICC) to US national security interests. Co-directed by CISS cochair Carl Kaysen (MIT), Sarah Sewall (Harvard University), and Michael Scharf (New England School of Law), the project produced a full-length volume that has helped to frame ongoing debates about the US position toward the ICC." [3]



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  1. Harvard Kennedy School of Government Sarah B. Sewall, organizational web page, accessed April 6, 2012.
  2. Directors, Council for a Livable World, accessed April 19, 2010.
  3. Advisory Board, Center for a New American Security, accessed January 14, 2011.