Kristen A. Cordell is a Senior Fellow (Non-Resident) at United Nations University Centre for Policy Research and a visiting fellow with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Project on Prosperity and Development (PPD) through the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) International Affairs Fellowship in national security.
In her permanent role, she is a Senior Policy Advisor for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on security and development issues. In 2016, she was detailed to the Presidents’ Summit on Refugees at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and has served on delegations to the Organization for Security Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation on Development (OECD). Prior to USAID, Ms Cordell supported United Nations (UN) programmes in Liberia and Lebanon. She has published research with RAND, the Center for New American Security, Foreign Policy, and The Guardian. She was an author of a chapter in the recent book: Rebuilding Afghanistan (Taylor and Francis, 2019). She is a co-chair of the Term Member Advisory Committee (TMAC) at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Truman National Security Project Fellow.