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.

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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

Trump’s Conflicts of Interest in Brazil Article
Personnel work at the Trump Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, December 14, 2016. (AP/Silvia Izquierdo)

Trump’s Conflicts of Interest in Brazil

The number of Trump’s international business partners being investigated for corruption is breathtaking and makes clear that the president may be more concerned with his business liabilities in Brazil and other nations than with pressing foreign policy concerns.

Carolyn Kenney, John Norris

Trump’s Conflicts of Interest in the United Kingdom Article
Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump drives his golf buggy on the Turnberry golf course in Scotland, July 31, 2015. (AP/Scott Heppell)

Trump’s Conflicts of Interest in the United Kingdom

A Scottish golf course expansion demonstrates how flimsy Trump’s attempts to remove conflicts of interest have been at a time when the United States has major foreign policy concerns with the United Kingdom, including fighting terrorism and the U.K.’s exit from the European Union.

John Norris, Carolyn Kenney

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