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).

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.

a-rico_headshot_720 (1)Antonieta Rico

WIIS Fellow


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.

Nadia Creve Coeur

Senior Program Assistant


Nadia Creve Coeur is a Senior Program Assistant at Women in International Security. Nadia is a B.A. candidate in International affairs with a concentration in conflict resolution at the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. Her research interests include UN Peacekeeping, terrorism, counter-terrorism strategy, and gender-based violence. Nadia has experience working with the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office in the special victim's unit. Most recently, Nadia researched measuring UN peacekeeping success with the Global Governance Institute in Brussels, Belgium. In addition to her intern experience, Nadia conducted independent research on Western indigenous radicalization at the School for International Training in Geneva, Switzerland.

Hannah Lynch

Program Assistant


Hannah Lynch is a Program Assistant at Women in International Security (WIIS). She is currently a B.A. candidate in International Studies with a concentration in Peace, Global Security and Conflict Resolution at American University’s School of International Service. Her research interests include NATO’s relationship with Russia, the changing character of violence and security trends, and post-conflict stabilization in the Balkans region. Hannah has experience working with CEJI in Brussels, Belgium on anti-hate speech and hate crime policy with the European Commission. Along with her internship, she also took classes on NATO, EU politics and economics at American University’s satellite campus in Brussels. Hannah also completed a semester at Victoria University of Wellington in Wellington, New Zealand taking courses on the global political economy and international development. 

John Arnold

Program Assistant


John Arnold is a Gender and Global Security Program Assistant at Women in International Security (WIIS). John is an M.A. Candidate in International Affairs with a concentration in Global Gender Policy at George Washington University. His research interests include the intersection of sexual orientation and gender identity in conflict and post-conflict settings and the peacebuilding process. Previously, John has worked in residential real estate and in the non-profit sector.

Sarah Kenny

Program Assistant


Sarah Kenny is a Gender and Global Security Program Assistant at Women in International Security (WIIS). Sarah graduated from the University of Virginia in May 2018, where she served as president of the student body. During her time as an undergraduate, Sarah majored in Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law and minored in Women and Gender Studies. Her senior thesis focused on the role of women in the alt-right and the implications of a gendered perspective for counter-extremism efforts in America. She plans to expand her research on female actors and ideological movements to the international scale in graduate school, focusing on the role that gender plays in peace negotiations and reconciliation in post-conflict societies.

Maya Whitney

Program Assistant


Maya Whitney is a Gender and Global Security program assistant at Women in International Security (WIIS). She is currently a B.A. candidate at American University in the School of International Studies with a focus in Foreign Policy and National Security and a minor in Economics. Her research interests include the representation of women in the fields of defense and national security, female representation in peacebuilding processes, and the roles of women in terrorist organizations. Maya previously worked at Security Europe, a small journalism firm in the heart of Brussels, Belgium, serving as Junior Analyst reporting on the role of security measures and radicalization in Europe and the future relations of the Balkans and Caucasus regions with NATO and the EU. In addition to her internship, while in Brussels, Belgium, Maya also took classes on the economics of the defense industry, NATO and EU politics at American University's satellite campus.

Abby Comstock-Gay Güner

Program Assistant


Abby Comstock-Gay Güner is a Gender and Global Security program assistant at Women in International Security (WIIS). She is a current M.A. Candidate in International Relations at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) with a concentration in conflict management. Her interests include the implications of intersecting structural inequalities for conflict and conflict resolution, and how post-conflict peacebuilding processes can affect social change. Previously, she taught Turkish at the University of Rochester, worked in editing and translation, and engaged in local organizing. She lived in Turkey for four years, first as a Fulbright Grantee in the city of Osmaniye, and then in Istanbul. She also knows Chinese, and as an undergraduate student at Kenyon College, spent a semester in Kunming, China.

Hannah Proctor

Program Assistant


Hannah Proctor is a Gender and Global Security program assistant at Women in International Security (WIIS). Hannah is a recent graduate from the inaugural MSc in Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics. Her dissertation focused on the role of girls’ right to education in conflict prevention. Previously, she studied Women’s Studies and International Affairs at the University of Georgia. Hannah’s research interests include militarized masculinity’s connection to sexual violence; the Women, Peace and Security Agenda; and bringing feminist perspectives on sustainable peace. She has experience planning the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, working with a Croatian soccer club developing the Girls’ Empowerment Program, and working with low income families in Los Angeles.


Kayla McGill

Program Associate


Kayla McGill is a Gender and Global Security Program Assistant at Women in International Security (WIIS). Kayla graduated with her Masters of International Affairs from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M in 2018 where she focused on Women, Peace & Security, Diplomacy, and Intelligence. She received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Civic Engagement from Brigham Young University. Kayla is a trained Analytical Researcher focusing on gender and national security, culture and narrative studies, Eastern European tribalism, and U.S.-China relations. She has presented her research to The U.S. State Department and The U.S. Institute of Peace and at numerous conferences. Kayla previously worked for the WomanStats Project contributing to publications, working with qualitative and quantitative data, and representing the Project at events such as Beijing+20/CSW59 at the United Nations. Kayla strongly believes in the importance of public service and cultural understanding. She speaks French, has lived in China, Germany, the UK, and France, and has traveled abroad extensively.


Roksana Verahrami

Program Assistant 



Roksana Verahrami is a Gender and Global Security Program Assistant at Women in International Security (WIIS).  She is currently a B.A. candidate in Economic and International Affairs, with a concentration on international development at the George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs. She has previously worked with the Save Darfur movement, studying genocide and the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. She also worked on some the issues surrounding the ensuing refugee crisis from Sudan into neighbouring countries and abroad and helped organize an annual symposium designed to bring awareness to the situation in Darfur and its impact on women. Her interests also include studying the gendered dimensions of climate change, especially the intersectionality of race and class on these gendered dimensions, analysing the subversion or exploitation of traditional gender roles during times of violence, rebellion and war, and looking at the how religious norms shape gender roles cross-culturally. She has also spent a semester studying at Trinity College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland studying international politics, economics and religion.

Find a list of former WIIS staff and fellows here.