Amy Calfas

Amy Calfas is a foreign policy professional with experience working with the US Institute of Peace, International Republican Institute, US Department of State and Human Rights Watch. Her research focuses on gender and women, peace and security issues, and has been published by The Hill, Fair Observer, the Soufan Group and by the US Institute of Peace. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international security from Tufts University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree from the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) program at Georgetown University.

The Elephant in the Room Behind India’s Rise

May 01, 2019

For India to maintain its position as a global leader, more concerted efforts at local and federal levels will be necessary to bring women to parity with men. In the past decade, India has stepped into its new role as a rising economic monolith, providing a counterbalance to China and...

Why Women Are the Missing Link in Countering Extremism

Oct 27, 2016

Counterterrorism strategy in the Middle East and North Africa can no longer avoid the involvement of women. According to the World Bank, 48.3% of the population in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is female. Yet despite their prominent place in society—and the fact that women and children are...

Engaging Women to Help Combat Extremism

Aug 01, 2016

It is time to include women and marginalized groups in efforts to combat extremism. In June, President Barack Obama joined over 1,200 promising entrepreneurs and venture capitalists from 78 countries at Stanford University for the annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) to discuss how entrepreneurship can build resilience to extremism. Now...

Trade and Technologies: Africa in the Year 2022

Oct 15, 2012

Ten years from now Africa might be the only remaining developing region in the global race for economic growth. Amy Calfas goes in-depth in her winning essay for Fletcher School's “Africa's Turn?” conference (for background information see here).