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PhD Students

Kristen Cordell


Research Interests


United Nations Peacekeeping Operations

Security Sector Reform

Middle East and North Africa

UNSCR 1325


The Right to Protect (Women): How Institutions, Regions and Nations Can Close the Gap between Gender Mainstreaming (UNSCR 1325) and Protection (UNSCR 1820)


Primary Supervisor: Dr 'Funmi Olonisakin

Secondary Supervisor: Professor Guglielmo Verdirame


Kristen A. Cordell has worked in United Nations missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, and Lebanon. Within these contexts she has advised on issues related to sexual and gender based violence in humanitarian contexts, gender mainstreaming for security sector reform, policy interventions for improved national capacities on UNSCR 1325 and empowerment strategies for women in post conflict contexts. She has authored several books and reports on the role of gender in post conflict reconstruction including: Women and Nation Building (RAND, 2007) and Best Practices in Gender and Peacekeeping (UN-DPKO, 2010). She has also worked on Gender Evaluation for the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group. Ms. Cordell was involved in the advocacy and passage of UN Security Council Resolution 1820, “Against the Use of Rape as a Tool of War,” as well as policy efforts to improve the number of women Peacekeepers.  Ms. Cordell holds a Masters Public Policy from Pepperdine University, which in 2010 prominently featured her work with women refugees in the Alumni Magazine article: “A Safer Future Secured.” She also holds a B.A. in History and Political Science. In 2011 she was named one of the “Top 99 Foreign Policy Leaders under 33,” by the Diplomatic Courier. 


Women in International Peacekeeping, US Engagement in International Peacekeeping: From Aspiration to Implementation, Citizens for Global Solutions, 2012.

From Remedial Action to Women’s Empowerment: Implications of the US National Action Plan for PMSCs,Journal of International Peace Operations, Volume 7, Number 4 – January-February 2012.

Peacekeeping to Peacebuilding from a Gender Perspective: the UNMIL Case, ACCORD Conflict Trends Journal, July 2011.

Best Practices for Addressing Gender in Peacekeeping, UNMIL Case Study, United Nations Mission in Liberia and the Kofi Anan Peacekeeping Centre, December, 2009.

Combating Sexual and Gender Based Violence: Key Role for US Women Peacekeepers, Open Democracy, 2008.

Women and Nation Building (MG-579) the RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA, 2007.

Conference Papers

Security or Tokenism: Evaluating Progress on UNSCR 1325 from a Security Perspective, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Conference: Research Challenges on ‘Women, Peace and Security’

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