Lorelei Kelly
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Lorelei Kelly is a national security specialist who focuses on helping citizens and elected leaders re-frame security in light of the challenges revealed by 9/11. She currently directs the national security program at the American Progressive Caucus Policy Foundation, an organizational hub between the new progressive movement and its elected leadership in the U.S. Congress. Her goal there is to help progressives set the course for a new era in national security where the safety of people is considered as important as the sanctity of borders. She believes the first step for the Left is to become more active in civil-military issues. Her latest publication is A Woman's Guide to Talking about War and Peace, which includes two community dialogue models for local leaders and veterans. The dialogue topic is “What is the role of the military in American democracy?”

Recently Kelly worked with the White House Project whose mission is to elect more women to public office. She also was active with the underground democracy movements of eastern Europe throughout 1989. Kelly has taught at Stanford University's Center on Conflict and Negotiation and been a senior associate at the Henry L. Stimson Center, a Washington, D.C. think tank. She also spent more than eight years doing bipartisan work on national security in Congress. She has a BA from Grinnell College, an MA from Stanford, and has been trained as a professional mediator in both domestic and international settings. She has also attended continuing education programs at the Air Command and Staff College of the U.S. Air Force, the National Defense University, and the Army War College. She blogs at www.huffingtonpost.com