Laura Cooper is the current Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia. In this role she has responsibility for policy concerning Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, and Moldova), as well as the Western Balkans which includes Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Croatia, Montenegro, and Serbia. She is also involved in creating policy for traditional arms control. She previously served as a Principal Director in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security Affairs, where she was responsible for policy on homeland counterterrorism and global antiterrorism among other things.
Prior to her work in the government Laura Cooper served as a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She is a career member of the Senior Executive Service. She has a Master of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University, a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy degree from the Industrial College of Armed Forces at National Defense University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University.