Duke University Center for International Studies Faculty Database
Duke University Center for International Studies
Office of the Provost
Duke University

 HOME > Provost > DUCIS > Faculty    Search Help Login pdf version printable version 

Stephen Kelly, Diplomat In Residence

Stephen Kelly

Please note: Stephen has left Duke University Center for International Studies at Duke University; some info here might not be up to date.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  112 Franklin Center
Office Phone:  +1 919 668 1951
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:  http://www.jhfc.duke.edu/ducis/


MS, National Security StrategyNational War College, Washington, DC1995
BA, PsychologyCornell University, Ithaca, NY1972

International Affairs
Research Interests: Energy security, North America, Canada, Mexico, the U.S. border.

North American issues, including energy, continental defense, immigration, trade and the U.S. border.

Areas of Interest:

Energy Security
North American trade and security
The U.S. Border


Canada, Mexico, NORAD, NORTHCOM, energy

Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Kelly, SR, How the Carolinas Fixed Their Blurred Lines, The New York Times (August, 2014) [how-the-carolinas-fixed-their-blurred-lines.html]  [abs]
  2. S.R. Kelly, The U.S. Ambassador Canadians Loved to Hate, Toronto Globe and Mail (June 8, 2014) [available here]
  3. S.R. Kelly, Be careful what you wish against on Keystone pipeline, Detroit Free Press (April 29, 2014) [article]
  4. Kelly, SR, A Bend in the River, The New York Times (November, 2013) [html]
  5. Kelly, SR, Bonjour America!, The New York Times (July, 2013) [html]
  6. Kelly, SR; Cellucci, AP, Taking a Nafta Approach to Immigration, The Wall Street Journal (March, 2013) [taking-nafta-approach-immigration]
  7. Kelly, SR, Good Neighbor, Bad Border, The New York Times (November, 2012) [good-neighbors-bad-border.html]
  8. Kelly, SR, Oil Under Our Noses, The New York Times (March, 2012) [oil-under-our-noses.html]
  9. Kelly, SR, America’s Foreign Service: Soldiers Without Guns, Chicago Tribune (September, 2012) [ct-oped-0914-embassy-20120914,0,1252048.story]
  10. Kelly, SR, Why Americans Should Love Canadian Oil, Toronto Globe and Mail (February, 2012) [available here]
  11. Kelly, SR, Time to Give Canada Some Respect, Chicago Tribune (June, 2012) [ct-perspec-0617-canada-md-20120617,0,7484797.story]
  12. Kelly, SR, Three Things Americans Don’t Need to Worry About, Chicago Tribune (May, 2012) [ct-oped-0502-misconception-20120502,0,1964940.story]
  13. Kelly, SR, China vs. Keystone in Canada oil sands, The Des Moines Register (March, 2013) [Another-View-China-vs-Keystone-Canada-oil-sands]
  14. Kelly, SR, Why Long Island Pays the Highest Gas Prices, Newsday (February, 2012) (Also published in the Raleigh News & Observer, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and the Indianapolis Star.) [kelly-why-li-pays-the-highest-gas-prices-1.3536312]
  15. Kelly, SR, Another shadow to pay attention to on Groundhog Day: Mexico’s, Newark Star Ledger (February, 2012) (Also published in the Raleigh News & Observer).) [html]

Stephen R. Kelly is a 26-year career Senior Foreign Service Office who is currently the U.S. Department of State Diplomat in Residence at Duke University. His primary role is to seek out those interested in careers formulating and implementing U.S. foreign policy. He is a resource for students and faculty interested in internships, scholarships, fellowships or general advice on a diplomatic career.

Prior to this assignment Mr. Kelly was Director of the Senior Level Assignments Division at the State Department in Washington, D.C., where he oversaw the counseling and assignments of the most experienced and high-ranking career officers in the U.S. diplomatic service.

From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Kelly was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to Mexico, one of the largest U.S. diplomatic establishments in the world. Mr. Kelly focused in particular on the myriad border issues with Mexico, growing law enforcement and immigration problems, and on efforts to further North American integration.

From 2000-2004 Mr. Kelly was Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Mission to Canada. Mr. Kelly also served as Consul General in Quebec City from 1995-1998, where he was the chief U.S. reporting officer on the Quebec Sovereignty Referendum of October 1995.

Other overseas postings include the Netherlands as political counselor, Indonesia as human rights officer, Belgium as a political and consular officer, and Mali, in West Africa, as a management officer. His early domestic assignments included the State Department Operations Center, special assistant to the Deputy Secretary, and desk officer for Senegal, Mauritania and The Gambia.

Mr. Kelly a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and holds a master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College in Washington, D.C. His foreign languages are French, Spanish, Dutch and Indonesian. He served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Zaire and as a journalist for various U.S. newspapers before joining the Foreign Service, notably the Charlotte Observer, for whom he was the Raleigh and later Washington correspondent.

Duke University * DUCIS * Faculty * Staff * Reload * Login