George Kenney Writer and consultant

George Kenney is a writer and consultant based in Washington, D.C. He produces and hosts a podcast at Electric Politics ( and is on the Board of Editors of the magazine In These Times.

Mr. Kenney has written over sixty articles on the Balkans and on US national security policy for major national and international papers, including The New York Times, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Nation, In These Times, The New Republic, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Times, The International Herald Tribune, Le Monde, Die Woche, Gaiko Forum, Mainichi Shimbun, Living Marxism, The Guardian, and The Foreign Service Journal.

He has also appeared frequently on television and radio as a commentator on foreign policy. He has been a guest on ABC, NBC, and CBS evening news; on the McNeil/Lehrer News Hour; on the Lehrer News Hour; on CNN international, world and main evening news; on CNN’s Crossfire; on Larry King Live; on two ABC Peter Jennings’ specials on the Bosnia crisis; on the Today Show, Good Morning America, and Face the Nation; on the Charlie Rose Show; on C-Span; on NPR; on VOA radio and television; on Monitor Radio; on NET; on BBC radio and television; on CBC radio and television; on CTV; and many other domestic and foreign programs.

From October 1992 until September 1994 Mr. Kenney was a consultant at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. In February 1993 Mr. Kenney testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He has lectured at over one hundred colleges, universities, and organizations, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, the University of Chicago, UCLA, the National War College, Westpoint, the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, the White House Fellows Association, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Atlantic Council, the Brookings Institution, the National Geographic Society, and Wilton Park. He is profiled in Marquis’ Who’s Who in America.

George Kenney resigned from the U.S. Department of State in August 1992 to protest policy towards the Yugoslav crisis. He was a career Foreign Service Officer. He last served in Washington in the European Bureau as acting officer in charge for Yugoslav affairs. In prior postings Mr. Kenney served as finance and development officer and deputy chief of the economic section at the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa, Zaire; during the Gulf War as an international economist responsible for oil security issues in the Office of Global Energy, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs; and as chief of the non-immigrant visa section in the U.S. Consulate General, Marseille, France. He had joined the State Department in 1988.

Mr. Kenney received his MA (1985) from the University of Chicago in Economics. At the University of Chicago he was also a Ph.D. student in Public Policy Studies. His BA is from the University of Washington, Seattle, where he received the Taraknath Das award for outstanding undergraduate in Asian Studies. He was born in 1956 in Algiers, Algeria.

Since 1997 Mr. Kenney has been battling a life-threatening hereditary illness, hemochromatosis, or iron overload. Physical constraints have much reduced his participation in public policy formation.

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