Senior Policy Director Alexandra Bell spoke to Bustle about President Trump’s team of policy advisors.
While Trump’s campaign promise to rip up the Iran deal earned him cheers from supporters and scorn from critics, Alexandra Bell, Senior Policy Director for the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, says that the lack of women in high-ranking foreign policy and national security roles in Washington isn’t due to political leanings.
“Half the population are women and the experiences that they have bring important insight into any negotiating process,” Bell says, arguing that there are plenty of women that might support the president’s agenda. “I think you’re just hobbling yourself and your own abilities to succeed when you’re leaving out half the population.”
“I think administrations in recent history have been making strides in women in leadership positions, both Republican and Democratic administrations,” Bell says, pointing out that the last two nuclear negotiations were negotiated by women on the U.S. side, with numerous female counterparts on the European side.
“There are just huge amounts of women experts in nuclear policy, but somehow that’s not apparent, at least as far as the public-facing advisors to President Trump on these issues,” Bell says. Read more