Brown University
Public Policy

Carly West


Areas of Interest: International development, security, gender parity.


Carly recently graduated from Brown with honors, with a double concentration in comparative literature (French and English) and international relations (security and society). Carly's primary interests include security policy, with a focus on the Middle East/North Africa region and countering violent extremism, as well as the promotion of women's rights, both domestically and abroad. This focus has been shaped in part by her work for 10x10 Girl Rising, a nonprofit organization promoting education for adolescent girls in developing countries, and for the Secretary's Office for Global Women's Issues at the U.S. Department of State. At the Global Women’s Issues office, Carly was deeply impacted by the agenda for women, peace, and security, which addresses the critical role women's empowerment plays in promoting prosperous and peaceful societies. Born and raised in New York City, Carly became interested in global affairs through her love of travel and cultural immersion, having lived in Hong Kong and traveling extensively throughout Senegal, and Western China.