Carolyn Kenney

Senior Policy Analyst, Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative


Carolyn Kenney

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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.

Latest by 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.

From Threat to Opportunity Report

From Threat to Opportunity

At a time of exponential growth across Africa, the United States stands to significantly benefit from growing trade and lasting alliances on the continent if it positions itself strategically today.

John Norris, Carolyn Kenney

Europe’s Populist Challenge Report
Supporters of the Fidesz party react as Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán wins the parliamentary election in Budapest, April 8, 2018. (Getty/AFP/Attila Kisbenedek)

Europe’s Populist Challenge

It is more urgent now than ever for defenders of liberal democracy to understand the drivers behind the populist resurgence in Europe and to find new ways to fight back.

Matt Browne, Dalibor Rohac, Carolyn Kenney

International Justice on Trial? Report
Slobodan Milošević in presidential campaign in Krusevac, Montenegro, December 17, 1992. (Getty/Chip HIRES/Gamma-Rapho)

International Justice on Trial?

International justice is at a critical crossroads, offering a perfect moment to examine its key accomplishments, shortcomings, and challenges moving forward.

Carolyn Kenney, John Norris

Donald Trump and Criminal Conspiracy Law Report

Donald Trump and Criminal Conspiracy Law

Exploring the merits of prosecutors approaching the interlocking allegations against the Trump campaign and organization as a criminal conspiracy through the use of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act.

John Norris, Carolyn Kenney

Acts of an Adversary Report

Acts of an Adversary

Russia is pursuing a concerted strategy to undermine American democracy and U.S. national interests. These are the actions of an adversary not an ally.

Max Bergmann, Carolyn Kenney

How Climate Change and Water and Food Insecurity Drive Instability Report
A young boy goes home with a bag full of grain he picked from a truck that overturned, in the forest in Machinga, about 200 kilometers northeast of Blantyre, Malawi, May 24, 2016. (AP/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

How Climate Change and Water and Food Insecurity Drive Instability

Climate change poses serious security risks, particularly as it affects water and food security in fragile states, and ignoring these risks will take an increasing toll on human lives and livelihoods, economic prosperity, and peace and security around the world.

Carolyn Kenney

War by Other Means Report
The Kremlin is seen behind the Moskva River in Moscow, April 7, 2017. (AP/Ivan Sekretarev)

War by Other Means

Russia is treating the online environment like a new theater for conflict and has invested in developing its capabilities just as it would in developing a new weapon system.

Max Bergmann, Carolyn Kenney

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