Larry Sampler



   Larry Sampler is currently the Principal Deputy Assistant to the Administrator & Deputy Director of the Office of Afghanistan & Pakistan Affairs (OAPA) at USAID.


Creative Associates, International

Vice President & Director

Communities in Transition





Sampler was Vice President and Director of the Communities in Transition division of Creative Associates International. He provided strategic leadership, subject matter expertise, and fiduciary management skills to an important and growing division within Creative. CIT focuses on societies recovering from trauma, and often works in coordination with civilian and military actors, international partners, and host nation civil society and governments in support of complex operations.





U.S. Department of State

Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction & Stabilization



Sampler was the Deputy Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization. At the Principal Deputy-Assistant Secretary level he was responsible for the operations of an office managing over $400M in programs, and for managing the growth of the office to a robust presence in the Department of State. He was jointly appointed by the U.S. Department of State and the US Agency for International Development (USAID).





Institute for Defense Analyses and consultant to the US government in Iraq, West Bank/Gaza, and abroad


Sampler has been a research staff member with the Institute for Defense Analyses in Virginia. He has worked on projects related to USG interagency collaboration; responses to illicit power structures in fragile states; capacity-building in the West Bank and Gaza; and non-military contributions to the global war on terror. He was recently on assignment to the US Embassy in Iraq, working as a senior executive service advisor to the Ambassador on reconciliation and demilitarization.





In Afghanistan from 2002 to 2005, working in support of the United Nations, the Government of Afghanistan, and the international community on issues of governance


Sampler served as the Chief of Staff for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan; a flag-level position. Prior to that assignment, he was a consultant to the Afghan government, in support of the Afghan Constitutional Loya Jirga where, as Director of International Support, he served as the focal point for international assistance and support to the constitutional process. Sampler also performed a similar role for USAID in support of the Afghan Emergency Loya Jirga in 2002. He was awarded the Constitutional Medal by President Karzai for his efforts.





Academic and professional interest in complex contingency and unconventional operations; and US government interagency responses.

Work for US government (Defense, USAID, State, other); academic think-tank; international organizations


Sampler has both a professional and an academic interest in post-conflict reconstruction. He has worked with USAID in a number of venues to evaluate and consider post-conflict interventions and assistance. He has been involved in research programs that include evaluations of complex contingency operations and the US government’s inter-agency responses to them; the role(s) of special operations forces in various post-conflict settings; the relationships between international civil and military actors in post-conflict and reconstruction settings; and mechanisms for identifying and supporting the appropriate institutions in post-conflict settings. He has published and presented papers on these and related subjects.





Work for the OSCE and the Office of the High Representative in BiH; focus on political and pol-mil; Chief of Staff and security functions;


Special assignment as the arbiter in Srebrenica


Sampler has also served with the Organization for the Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina. He served variously as Director of the Elections Operations Center; Director of Election Implementation; Deputy Chief of Staff and Operations; Deputy Political Director; and was the first international arbiter for to Srebrenica. As the International Chair of the Interim Executive Board Governing Srebrenica, Sampler was ‘first among equals’ in that troubled community, and led a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency team dedicated to ensuring the safety, dignity, and eventual return of the residents of Srebrenica.





Quantitative undergraduate studies; science policy & diplomacy graduate studies


Sampler is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, with undergraduate studies in Physics and Electrical Engineering. His graduate studies there were in the Technology and Science Policy Program and focused on the role of technology in quality-of-life improvements for developing nations. He has a graduate degree in Diplomacy from Norwich University.





Special Operations military background


Sampler served in the special operations community of the US Army (and later the US Army Reserves) as a member of or attached to 5th, 10th, and 11th Special Forces Groups, 96th Civil Affairs Brigade, & 360th Civil Affairs Brigade. Sampler has considerable experience in COIN from both the military & civilian perspectives.