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Julie Werbel

Rule of Law Collaborative

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Julie Werbel is Senior Fellow with the Rule of Law Collaborative. She is a leading expert on security and justice sector reform (SJSR) and countering violent extremism (CVE). She possesses recognized expertise developing U.S. Government policies and strategies, designing and implementing development and defense programs, and negotiating with donors and other international partners. Her perspective is informed by extensive field experience in fragile and conflict-affected states in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. For the last two years, she served as Senior CVE Advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  She initiated and led USAID’s Security Sector Reform (SSR) portfolio for more than a decade. Previously, she was a Principal at DFI Government Services, a Washington, DC-based defense consulting firm. She also served as the Program Manager and Director of Participant and External Affairs for the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS), a Department of Defense regional center that she helped to establish. Her career includes service with the Peace Corps and the U.S. Department of State and business research for the New York-based Conference Board, and she is a member All in for Development’s Advisory Group. She earned an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a B.A. from Cornell University.