Jenna Stern

Former Visiting Fellow

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Jenna Stern is a visiting fellow with Stimson’s Future of Peace Operations program. Before joining Stimson, Stern worked with the United Nations Department of Field Support’s Conduct and Discipline Unit in New York. She has worked on numerous projects for the Unit, including assisting in the development of an accountability framework and scorecard for field missions, updating personnel training modules, and comprehensively reviewing victim’s assistance policies. She has also worked with the US Department of State’s International Organizations Bureau on peacekeeping policy, including sexual exploitation and abuse committed by UN peacekeepers.

In addition, Stern has experience in the government legal offices of both the US Department of State and US Department of Justice. During the 2013 UN General Assembly, Stern worked with the US Mission to the United Nation’s Legal Office and helped organize US participation in the Sixth Committee.

Stern holds a Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science from the University of Florida.

Research & Writing

Stimson in the News
Op-ed by Jesse Marks about Syrian Refugees returning to Syria

Why Syrian refugees are at risk of a forced return to Syria In July, a Russian strategy was introduced to facilitate the return of more than 1.7 million refugees to Syria, where 6.2 million people remain internally displaced. The Un…

Issue Brief
Establishing Safety and Security at Protection of Civilians Sites

Despite the recent signing of a peace agreement to end more than a year and a half of civil war, South Sudan remains plagued by insecurity. The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is protecting about 200,000 displaced people at its bases. Ma…

Stimson in the News
Stimson’s “Reducing Sexual Exploitation & Abuse in UN Peacekeeping” report cited in Pacific Magazine

On August 2nd, gunfire erupted in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. On one side of the violence: United Nations peacekeepers sent to the Central African Republic after the 2013 collapse of the government….

Report
Reducing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in UN Peacekeeping: Ten Years After the Zeid Report

In 2004, after numerous allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) by United Nations (UN) peacekeepers made international headlines, both the UN Security Council and US Congress deliberated over what actions should be taken to solve the problem…

Commentary
Reducing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in UN Peacekeeping

United Nations peacekeepers help people living in the most volatile regions of the world emerge from conflict in the hope of a better future. Despite the important role peacekeeping missions play in restoring peace and security to fragile nations, ther…

Commentary
10 Years After the Zeid Report

Visiting Fellow Jenna Stern assesses the development of the UN’s Sexual Exploitation and Abuse policy in the 10 years since the Zeid report’s recommendations were released. Her comments highlight a Stimson issue brief with recommendations from intervie…

Commentary
The African Union’s New Focus: Reducing Sexual Exploitation And Abuse In Peacekeeping

Today marks the fifteenth anniversary of United Nations (U.N.) International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. As we recognize the vulnerability of women and girls to sexual violence during times of conflict, in the failed state of Som…

Commentary
Reducing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in African Union Peacekeeping

One month ago, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report that accused internationally-funded African Union peacekeepers in Somalia of raping women and girls as young as 12 and trading food and medicine for sex. Unlike the U.N., which only created an a…

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