Please join the CGSC Foundation, International Relations Council, Simons Center, and Starr Center for Peace and Justice for a conversation with former U.S. Ambassador Laura Kennedy, who will speak on "Looking Forward, Looking Back: U.S. Foreign Policy Challenges."
Laura Kennedy served almost four decades as a U.S. career diplomat. She spent much of her career working in or on the former Soviet Union and served in Geneva and Vienna (thrice) on multilateral disarmament and non-proliferation (conventional, nuclear and biological) as well as a number of temporary assignments in New York, including the 2010 and 2015 NPT Review Conferences and heading the U.S. delegations to the UN Committee on Disarmament. She retired in 2013 but was recalled to service in 2014 to head U.S. missions in Turkmenistan and Vienna. She retired again in 2015 and is active in Washington DC with various professional organizations, including the Academy of Diplomacy and the World Affairs Council. She has lectured at various U.S. institutions and participated in diplomatic exercises at the Army War College.
Among Kennedy’s assignments include Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus, Ambassador to Turkmenistan, Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva and U.S. Special Representative for Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention issues, Deputy Commandant of the National War College, Charge d’Affaires in Armenia, and deputy Political section chief in Moscow and Ankara.
A graduate of Vassar College, Kennedy also did graduate work at Stanford and American Universities. She is married to retired U.S. diplomat John Feeney and has two sons, Martin and Patrick Feeney.
Generous support is provided by Polsinelli. Registration is required (nonmembers, $20; IRC members, $10; students, free). Individuals affiliated with the Command & General Staff College or the University of St. Mary are IRC members.