As the Pentagon contemplates a drawdown of the U.S. military presence in Africa, it is imperative for the U.S. military to reaffirm its non-counterterrorism missions in the region and reform how it executes its counterterrorism programs.
Leanne Erdberg Steadman is the director of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) at the U.S. Institute of Peace, where she manages USIP’s CVE work, including serving as the interim director of the RESOLVE Network, as well as a senior advisor to the Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States. Prior to joining the Institute, Leanne spent almost a decade in the U.S. government serving at the National Security Council staff at the White House, the Department of State, and at the Department of Homeland Security. Leanne comes to USIP most recently from Accenture Federal Services; and she began her public service career with positions at the state level and with international organizations. Before her work in foreign and public policy, Leanne co-founded an independent record label. Leanne holds a J.D. with honors in the concentration of international law and a B.S., magna cum laude in mass communication studies, both from Boston University.
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