Wendy Sherman
Wendy Sherman is a professor of the practice of public leadership and director of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership, and a former U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs.

Wendy Sherman is a professor of the practice of public leadership and director of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership, senior counselor at the Albright Stonebridge Group, and senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She previously served as the first female U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs and led the U.S. team in nuclear negotiations with Iran.

Women and Foreign Policy Program

The Women and Foreign Policy program works to analyze how elevating the status of women and girls advances U.S. foreign policy objectives. The program informs policymakers, opinion leaders, and the general public about issues related to gender equality and U.S. foreign policy through scholarship, roundtable discussions, briefings, and the Women Around the World blog.

How Women’s Participation in Conflict Prevention
How Women’s Participation in Conflict Prevention and Resolution Advances U.S. Interests
Despite growing international recognition of women’s role in security, their representation in peace and security processes has lagged.
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Countering Sexual Violence in Conflict
Sexual violence in conflict is not simply a gross violation of human rights—it is also a security challenge.
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