Peter Harrell is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counter Threat Finance and Sanctions (TFS) in the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB). In this role, Harrell leads and coordinates the Department’s economic sanctions and counter threat finance efforts across a range of sanctions regimes and policy priorities.
Prior to joining EB, Harrell served on the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff from March 2009 to June 2012. While on the Policy Planning Staff, Harrell handled a range of sanctions, trade, and economic issues, and worked on several specific projects, including the Department’s first-ever Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR).
Before joining the State Department, Harrell served on President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. He has worked as a reporter in Washington, D.C., and is the author of numerous articles and one book, Rwanda’s Gamble: Gacaca and a New Model of Transitional Justice. Harrell is a graduate of Princeton University and the Yale Law School. He is originally from Atlanta, Georgia.