Carolyn Kenney

Senior Policy Analyst, Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative

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Carolyn Kenney is a senior policy analyst for the Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative on the National Security and International Policy team at American Progress. Most recently, Kenney served as the deputy director for Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) in the International Humanitarian Policy Directorate at the U.S. Department of Defense, where she earned the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service. In this role, Kenney was lead author and coordinator of the department’s first-ever WPS implementation plan. She also helped oversee the WPS program at the strategic level, which included developing departmentwide policies on WPS, coordinating with the interagency, organizing regular outreach to stakeholders inside and outside government, and helping oversee the program’s $8.5 million budget. Prior to joining American Progress, Kenney worked at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, International Crisis Group, and Human Rights Watch. Kenney received her Master of Arts in international human rights from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and her Bachelor of Arts in international affairs from the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Fact Sheet: Recommendations for Advancing Gender Equality at Home and Abroad by Leveraging Women, Peace, and Security Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet: Recommendations for Advancing Gender Equality at Home and Abroad by Leveraging Women, Peace, and Security

The Gender Policy Council should include the following recommendations in its governmentwide strategy to ensure it can fully leverage and expand the U.S. government’s existing women, peace, and security mandate and architecture.

Carolyn Kenney

Climate Will Test Whether America Is Truly ‘Back’ Article
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks during a virtual Leaders Summit on Climate at the White House on April 22, 2021, in Washington, D.C. (Getty/Al Drago-Pool)

Climate Will Test Whether America Is Truly ‘Back’

The Biden administration’s efforts to restore U.S. leadership on the global stage will ultimately be determined by what actions the United States takes domestically on climate.

Max Bergmann, Carolyn Kenney

Taking the High Ground Report
The White House is reflected in a rain puddle after a press briefing at the White House in Washington, February 2018. (The White House reflected in a rain puddle.)

Taking the High Ground

Repairing the damage done to global human rights under President Trump will require a forceful and expansive human rights agenda from the next administration.

By Undermining the ICC, Bolton Is Compromising America’s Values Article
John Bolton speaks at the House National Oversight and Government Reform Committee on November 8, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Getty/Tasos Katopodis)

By Undermining the ICC, Bolton Is Compromising America’s Values

National Security Adviser John Bolton has again taken unnecessary aim at the International Criminal Court—an institution that is critical to securing justice for victims and establishing accountability for perpetrators of the world’s most heinous crimes.

Carolyn Kenney

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