Kay Spencer is a program officer at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Kay joined USIP in April 2011 as a research assistant in the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding. She came to the Rule of Law Center in December 2012.

Before arriving at USIP, Kay worked for Virginia state government in the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry as a governor’s fellow and as a stormwater specialist at the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

In her current work she supports projects in Burma/Myanmar, Tanzania and Nepal. Her research interests include access to justice and post-conflict community transformation among many others.

Kay has a bachelor’s degree in Global Affairs with a concentration in global governance and the environment and a master’s of science in Peace Operations from the School of Public Policy, both at George Mason University.

Publications By Katherine

Burma’s Balancing Act on Rakhine

Burma’s Balancing Act on Rakhine

Monday, June 11, 2018

By: Jennifer Staats ; Kay Spencer

In a reversal of past policy, Burma’s government last week signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the United Nations to facilitate the repatriation of Rohingya refugees back to Burma. This unexpected move builds on the momentum established last month, when Burma hosted a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) delegation and invited the U.N. to assist in the repatriation of the Rohingya and the rehabilitation of Rakhine state.

Global Policy; Human Rights

China’s Role in Myanmar’s Peace Process

China’s Role in Myanmar’s Peace Process

Friday, September 2, 2016

By: I-wei Jennifer Chang; Jennifer Staats ; Kay Spencer

Myanmar’s new leader, Daw Aung Sang Suu Kyi, has made the country’s peace process one of her top policy priorities—and China is taking steps to support her efforts. The Chinese government has positioned itself to become a prominent player in the peace talks in Myanmar, and this week’s session provides a particularly good opportunity to examine the kind of role that China might play and the extent to which Beijing is willing—and able—to use its leverage over ethnic armed groups to help advance...

Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue; Peace Processes

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