Women in foreign policy

Women in foreign policy



18 October 2018


Administration Building, University of Sydney


Public forum



Despite progress in recent decades, women continue to be underrepresented in foreign policy and national security sectors. What are the implications of this gender imbalance, how does it impact women’s participation in policymaking and academia, and what can be done to encourage more women into foreign policy and national security careers?

The United States Studies Centre held a public discussion between 2018 Alliance 21 Fellow, Madelyn Creedon, and Lecturer in US Politics and Foreign Policy Gorana Grgic on what the future holds for women in the field. Madelyn also reflected on her distinguished career in the US public service, spanning the US Senate Armed Services Committee, the Pentagon, and the US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.


  • Madelyn Creedon
    Madelyn Creedon
    Alliance 21 Fellow, United States Studies Centre

    Madelyn Creedon is the 2018 Alliance 21 Fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. She has had a long and distinguished career in US government service, most recently as Principal Deputy Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy, a position she held from 2014 to 2017.

  • Dr Gorana Grgic
    Dr Gorana Grgic
    Senior Lecturer in US Politics and Foreign Policy, United States Studies Centre (jointly appointed with the Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney)

    Dr Gorana Grgic is a jointly appointed Senior Lecturer at the Department of Government and International Relations and the United States Studies Centre. Her research interests include US politics and foreign policy, transatlantic relations, conflict resolution and democratisation. She is the author of Ethnic Conflict in Asymmetric Federations (Routledge 2017).

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