WIIS Current Staff and Fellows

Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat


Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat  is President of Women in International Security (WIIS). She has held this position since February 2013. She was also a Senior Advisor to the Center for Gender and Peacebuilding of the U.S. Institute of Peace and was the founding and executive director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) North America (2012-2014). Previous positions include: associate vice president and director of the U.S. Institute of Peace Jennings Randolph Fellowship Program; adjunct associate professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; and senior fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. She has also held senior positions at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC ; and the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) in Geneva.

Her areas of specialization are: women, peace and security, gender, international organizations, arms control and disarmament, terrorism and countering violent extremism, peacekeeping, use of force, economic sanctions, U.S.-European relations, and women, peace and security.

Dr. de Jonge Oudraat is co-editor with Kathleen Kuehnast and Helga Hernes of Women and War: Power and Protection in the 21st Century (2011, USIP Press). Other recent publications include: : UNSCR 1325: “Conundrums and Opportunities,” International Interactions, 2013; ”Play it Again, Uncle Sam: Transatlantic Relations, NATO and the European Union” in: Chester A. Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson and Pamela Aall, Rewiring Regional Security in a Fragmented World (2011, USIP Press; “Sanctions in Support of International Peace and Security,” in Chester A. Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson and Pamela Aall, eds., Leashing the Dogs of War: Conflict Management in a Divided World (Washington, D.C.: USIP Press, 2007), pp. 335-352; “The Role of the Security Council,” in Jane Boulden and Thomas Weiss, eds., Terrorism and the UN: Before and After September 11th (Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2004), pp. 151-172; “The Future of U.S.-European Relations,” in Margaret Crahan, John Goering and Thomas G. Weiss, eds., Wars on Terrorism and Iraq: Human Rights, Unilateralism and U.S. Foreign Policy (New York and London: Routledge, 2004), pp. 174-187; “Combating Terrorism,” Washington Quarterly, Vol. 26, No. 4, Autumn 2003, pp. 163-176: “Humanitarian Intervention: The Lessons Learned,” Current History, Vol.99, No.641, December 2000, pp. 419-429.
De Jonge Oudraat did her undergraduate studies at the University of Amsterdam and received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Paris II (Panthéon).


Brooke Stedman

Deputy Director

Brooke Stedman is the Deputy Director of Women In International Security where she develops and implements programs focused on global challenges related to women, peace, and security. In this capacity, she advises international organizations, governments, and militaries how to operationalize a gender approach in security policies, programs, and operations. Stedman is also a National Security Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Prior to joining WIIS, she worked at the International Criminal Court and International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia as a legal assistant. Stedman also worked for the United States Institute of Peace where she developed gender programming to ensure the full participation of women in conflict and post-conflict societies. In this role, Stedman partnered with civil society organizations to develop capacity building programs focused on the economic and political empowerment of women in conflict-affected countries. More specifically, she worked extensively on the development of the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security and helped facilitate the U.S. Civil Society Working Group. Stedman holds an LLM in International Human Rights and Criminal Law from Utrecht University and a BA in Criminology and Law from Marquette University. Her research interests include sexual and gender-based violence in conflict settings, the role of women in peacebuilding, transitional justice and security issues, and counter-terrorism initiatives. Stedman has published the following articles:

  • "The Leap from Theory to Practice: Snapshot of Women's Rights Through a Legal Lens," Utrecht Journal of International and European Law, July 2013
  • "Security After the Quake? Addressing Violence and Rape in Haiti," U.S. Institute of Peace, January 2011.


Ellen Haring

Senior Fellow 

Dr. Ellen Haring is a senior fellow with Women in International Security where she directs the Combat Integration Initiative.  Her research and work focuses on women and gender in the military.  Haring is a West Point graduate, a retired Army colonel, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University where she teaches courses on Human Security and Women, Peace and Security. She holds a PhD in Conflict analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. Haring has been a guest speaker on foreign and domestic news shows including: BBC Radio, CNN, PBS News Hour, National Public Radio, and Voice of America.  She guest lectures at universities and colleges and has been invited to address members of Congress.  Haring’s recent publications include:

  • “Make Women Register for the Draft” US News and World Report (June 22, 2016)
  • “Integration of Women Depends on Male Leaders” Army Times (May 2, 2016)
  • “Our Military Shouldn’t Turn Its Back on Servicewomen Who Need an Abortion” Huffington Post (April 30, 2016)
  • “Give Women All of the Rights of Citizenship, Including Selective Service” Task and Purpose (February 26, 2016)
  • “That Valor Isn’t Yours to Defend” Task and Purpose (March 18, 2015)
  • “Is the Marine Corps Setting Women Up to Fail in Combat Roles?” Cicero Magazine (February 18, 2015)
  • “Civilian leaders need to lead on women in combat,” The Hill Congress Blog, (February 5, 2015)
  • “A Snapshot: Two Years in to Combat Integration,” Women in International Security, (January 30, 2015)
  • “Dear Berkeley women: It’s time to lead the next revolution,” The Daily Californian, (August 26, 2014)
  • “The Sea of Sameness in PME” Joint Forces Quarterly (July 2014)
  • “Deck Stacked Against Women in Experimental Task Force” Marine Corps Times (July 6, 2014)
  • “Can Women Be Infantry Marines” War on the Rocks (May 29, 2014)
  • “Do Military Women Want Combat Jobs” Foreign Policy (April 24, 2014)
  • “Combat Integration: Good but not good enough” The Army Times (January 2014)
  • “Rangers are NOT Leading the Way” Foreign Policy (January 2014)
  • “A Col’s View of Commander’s Authority” Foreign Policy (September 2013)
  • “Women and the Audie Murphy Model,” Armed Forces Journal (August 2013)
  • “What Women Bring to the Fight,” Parameters, US Army War College (Summer 2013)
  • “To Stop Sexual Assault in the Military Add More Women,” Christian Science Monitor (June 24, 2013)
  • “The Army’s Disservice to Women,” The Washington Post (June 21, 2013)
  • “Insights from the Women in Combat Symposium,” Joint Forces Quarterly (June 2013)


Jeannette Gaudry Haynie

Senior Fellow

Jeannette Gaudry Haynie is a Senior Fellow at Women in International Security. She is a 1998 graduate of the United States Naval Academy.  She currently serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserves, assigned to the Headquarters Marine Corps Strategic Initiatives Group, and is also a PhD candidate at the George Washington University writing her dissertation.  An AH-1W Cobra attack helicopter pilot by trade who served through multiple overseas deployments in a variety of billets, she earned her MA in Political Science in 2011 from the University of New Orleans.  She writes regular blog posts for the United States Naval Institute, the professional journal of the sea services, and has been published in Proceedings as well as quoted and interviewed in a variety of media due to her writing.  Her research interests include gender inequality and resulting outcomes in the security sphere, and her dissertation work involves the role of gender inequality as an enabling condition of terrorism.


kathyKathy Crandall Robinson

 Senior Fellow                                                                           Krobinson@wiisglobal.org

Kathy Crandall Robinson has more than two decades of experience working with policymakers and grassroots advocates on peace and security issues. Most recently, as senior policy director at Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND), Kathy led policy and advocacy strategy development on nuclear weapons policy, Pentagon spending, and promoting the agenda for women, peace and, security. She also managed WAND’s Washington, DC office and acted as Political Director managing WAND’s PAC. Prior to joining WAND in 2008, she worked for a variety of organizations including Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, Union of Concerned Scientists, and others where she focused especially on reducing nuclear dangers and related defense and budget issues. Her passion for peace and security work was sparked with an internship for Women Strike for Peace and an enduring emphasis throughout her careers has been educating, empowering and engaging women leaders working for peace and security. Kathy is a graduate of Earlham College and obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado. Read some of Kathy’s recent opinion pieces on her Huffington Post Column.

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Senior Fellow

Carolyn J. Washington retired in the rank of Colonel from the US Army in 2013 after thirty-one years of active duty service.  A Foreign Area Officer, Carolyn is a seasoned diplomat who spent the last 17 years of her career in Europe partnering with international organizations and militaries. Her assignments include: Staff Officer, George C. Marshall European Center for Strategic Studies, Garmisch, Germany; Attachè assignments at the US Embassies in Serbia and Norway; Chief, Office of Defense Cooperation, Slovak Republic; Chief, Training and Exercises, Third Turkish Corps (NATO), Istanbul, Turkey; and Chief, Southern Africa Division, US Africa Command (AFRICOM).  At AFRICOM, she also chaired the Women, Peace and Security Working Group. She holds the following degrees: Master of Science Strategic Studies, US Army War College, Carlisle, PA; Master of Arts National Security Studies, Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, CA; Master of Arts Criminal Justice, George Washington University, Washington, DC; and Bachelor of Arts History, Bennett College, Greensboro, NC.     

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Gender and Global Security Program Assistant


Renee Coulouris is a current Master of Arts in Global Security Studies Candidate at Johns Hopkins University, concentrating in Strategic Studies. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs and Political Science at Northeastern University, where she also participated in international research projects in Israel, Jordan and the West Bank on issues pertaining to international security and social movements. More recently, Renee worked at the United Nations in the Department of Political Affairs, Africa II Division as a Political Affairs Assistant implementing projects in the sub-region and organizing inter-agency meetings on the Boko Haram threat in the Lake Chad Basin. Her professional and research interests include security issues in the Middle East and North Africa region, countering violent extremism, and examining the gender roles within extremist organizations.

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Gender and Global Security Program Assistant


Ruth Forsyth is a graduate student at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service working on her master's in German and European Studies, focusing on transatlantic security and defense. She received her BA in International Affairs from Kennesaw State University in 2015, with a minor in Chinese Studies and a certificate in European Union Studies. She has previously worked at the German Marshall Fund of the United States as part of the Security and Defense team, and at the Atlantic Council doing research on NATO and European security issues. Her professional and research interests include transatlantic relations, NATO, EU foreign and security policy, and the implementation of the Women, Peace, and Security agenda in European states.

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Gender and Global Security Program Assistant


Caitlin McMahon is an undergraduate student at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs focusing on security policy and sub-Saharan Africa.  Caitlin previously worked for Congressman Brian Higgins where she primarily researched and wrote memorandums on issues related to foreign affairs and gender equality.  Prior to working for Representative Higgins, Caitlin worked at the International Institute of Buffalo where she assisted refugees and immigrants to become independent, informed and contributing members of the community, and by promoting and supporting cultural competence, multiculturalism and global connectedness. Her research interests include the role of women in African ethnic conflicts and democratization.

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CII Research Program Assistant


Antonieta Rico is a current Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) Candidate at Georgetown University. Antonieta completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication at George Mason University with a minor in International/ Comparative Studies. Prior to that Antonieta served for more than six years in the U.S. Army as a public affairs specialist/military journalist. She has deployed to Iraq where she embedded with infantry units during combat operations and day-to-day missions. More recently, she has worked as Deputy News Editor of Army Times and Navy Times, two papers covering the military community. She reported on training, deployment cycles, combat integration and quality of life issues. She has also interned at National Geographic Magazine. Her academic and professional focus is on the intersection of gender, security and the military.

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Gender and Global Security Program Assistant


Haley Trantel is an undergraduate student at American University’s School of International Service, focusing her studies on peace, global security, and conflict resolution. Haley previously worked at the Middle East Policy Council, where she assisted with the production of the Council’s quarterly journal, Middle East Policy, and drafted lesson plans on topics related to Middle East geography and culture to be used by educators. Haley has also worked as an assistant at Human Rights Watch since August 2015. Haley's research interests include women's contributions to conflict prevention, security and peacemaking.

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CII Program Assistant


Miyuki Kauffroath is currently serving in the United States Navy as a Naval Flight Officer.  She has completed two European deployments where she flew as a Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander in the P3-C Orion aircraft.  In addition, she is pursuing a Masters of Arts in Communications from Southern New Hampshire University.  Previously, she received her Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder with an International Media Certificate.  She is interested in issues related to communication, gender, international security, and the military.

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