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Our Mission

Women In International Security (WIIS) is the premier organization in the world dedicated to advancing the leadership and professional development of women in the field of international peace and security. WIIS (pronounced “wise”) sponsors leadership training, mentoring, and networking programs as well as substantive events focused on current policy problems. WIIS also supports research projects and policy engagement initiatives on critical international security issues, including the nexus between gender and security.

About WIIS

Since the founding of WIIS in 1987, women have advanced to increasingly important roles in the field of international security. There are new and expanding opportunities for women’s participation globally, as women are present in greater numbers in foreign and defense affairs and now occupy important positions in governments around the world. In recent years, the international community has recognized the important contributions of women to peace and security and has made commitments to include women in peace and security decision-making at all levels. But equal representation of women is not yet a reality, especially at senior levels of policymaking

Our Team

The WIIS team is comprised of dedicated thought leaders who are committed to advancing the role of women in the field of international peace and security. At WIIS we truly believe these women will be one of the keys to advancing peace and security in the 21st century.

Chantal de Jonge Oudraat

President
Chantal de Jonge Oudraat

President

Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat  is President of Women in International Security (WIIS). She has held this position since February 2013. She was also a Senior Advisor to the Center for Gender and Peacebuilding of the U.S. Institute of Peace and was the founding and executive director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) North America (2012-2014). Previous positions include: associate vice president and director of the U.S. Institute of Peace Jennings Randolph Fellowship Program; adjunct associate professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; and senior fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. She has also held senior positions at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC ; and the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) in Geneva.

Her areas of specialization are: women, peace and security, gender, international organizations, arms control and disarmament, terrorism and countering violent extremism, peacekeeping, use of force, economic sanctions, U.S.-European relations, and women, peace and security.

Dr. de Jonge Oudraat is co-editor with Kathleen Kuehnast and Helga Hernes of Women and War: Power and Protection in the 21st Century (2011, USIP Press). Other recent publications include:  UNSCR 1325: “Conundrums and Opportunities,” International Interactions, 2013; ”Play it Again, Uncle Sam: Transatlantic Relations, NATO and the European Union” in: Chester A. Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson and Pamela Aall, Rewiring Regional Security in a Fragmented World (2011, USIP Press; “Sanctions in Support of International Peace and Security,” in Chester A. Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson and Pamela Aall, eds., Leashing the Dogs of War: Conflict Management in a Divided World (Washington, D.C.: USIP Press, 2007), pp. 335-352; “The Role of the Security Council,” in Jane Boulden and Thomas Weiss, eds., Terrorism and the UN: Before and After September 11th (Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2004), pp. 151-172; “The Future of U.S.-European Relations,” in Margaret Crahan, John Goering and Thomas G. Weiss, eds., Wars on Terrorism and Iraq: Human Rights, Unilateralism and U.S. Foreign Policy (New York and London: Routledge, 2004), pp. 174-187; “Combating Terrorism,” Washington Quarterly, Vol. 26, No. 4, Autumn 2003, pp. 163-176: “Humanitarian Intervention: The Lessons Learned,” Current History, Vol.99, No.641, December 2000, pp. 419-429.
De Jonge Oudraat did her undergraduate studies at the University of Amsterdam and received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Paris II (Panthéon).

Ellen Haring

Senior Fellow
Ellen Haring

Senior Fellow

Dr. Ellen Haring is a Senior Fellow with Women in International Security (WIIS) where she directs the Combat Integration Initiative. Her research and work focuses on women and gender in the military. Haring is a West Point graduate, a retired Army colonel, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University where she teaches courses on Human Security and Women, Peace and Security. She holds a PhD in Conflict analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. Haring has been a guest speaker on foreign and domestic news shows including: BBC Radio, CNN, PBS News Hour, National Public Radio, and Voice of America. She guest lectures at universities and colleges and has been invited to address members of Congress. Haring’s recent publications include:

“Make Women Register for the Draft” US News and World Report (June 22, 2016)
“Integration of Women Depends on Male Leaders” Army Times (May 2, 2016)
“Our Military Shouldn’t Turn Its Back on Servicewomen Who Need an Abortion” Huffington Post (April 30, 2016)
“Give Women All of the Rights of Citizenship, Including Selective Service” Task and Purpose (February 26, 2016)
“That Valor Isn’t Yours to Defend” Task and Purpose (March 18, 2015)
“Is the Marine Corps Setting Women Up to Fail in Combat Roles?” Cicero Magazine (February 18, 2015)
“Civilian leaders need to lead on women in combat,” The Hill Congress Blog, (February 5, 2015)
“A Snapshot: Two Years in to Combat Integration,” Women in International Security, (January 30, 2015)
“Dear Berkeley women: It’s time to lead the next revolution,” The Daily Californian, (August 26, 2014)
“The Sea of Sameness in PME” Joint Forces Quarterly (July 2014)
“Deck Stacked Against Women in Experimental Task Force” Marine Corps Times (July 6, 2014)
“Can Women Be Infantry Marines” War on the Rocks (May 29, 2014)
“Do Military Women Want Combat Jobs” Foreign Policy (April 24, 2014)
“Combat Integration: Good but not good enough” The Army Times (January 2014)
“Rangers are NOT Leading the Way” Foreign Policy (January 2014)
“A Col’s View of Commander’s Authority” Foreign Policy (September 2013)
“Women and the Audie Murphy Model,” Armed Forces Journal (August 2013)
“What Women Bring to the Fight,” Parameters, US Army War College (Summer 2013)
“To Stop Sexual Assault in the Military Add More Women,” Christian Science Monitor (June 24, 2013)
“The Army’s Disservice to Women,” The Washington Post (June 21, 2013)
“Insights from the Women in Combat Symposium,” Joint Forces Quarterly (June 2013)

Antonieta Rico

WIIS Fellow
Antonieta Rico

WIIS Fellow

Antonieta Rico is a Fellow at Women In International Security (WIIS). a current Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) Candidate at Georgetown University. Antonieta completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication at George Mason University with a minor in International/ Comparative Studies. Prior to that Antonieta served for more than six years in the U.S. Army as a public affairs specialist/military journalist. She has deployed to Iraq where she embedded with infantry units during combat operations and day-to-day missions. More recently, she has worked as Deputy News Editor of Army Times and Navy Times, two papers covering the military community. She reported on training, deployment cycles, combat integration and quality of life issues. She has also interned at National Geographic Magazine. Her academic and professional focus is on the intersection of gender, security and the military.

Jeannette Gaudry Haynie

Senior Fellow
Jeannette Gaudry Haynie

Senior Fellow

Jeannette Gaudry Haynie is a Senior Fellow at Women in International Security (WIIS). She is a 1998 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. She currently serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserves, assigned to the Headquarters Marine Corps Strategic Initiatives Group, and is also a PhD candidate at the George Washington University writing her dissertation. An AH-1W Cobra attack helicopter pilot by trade who served through multiple overseas deployments in a variety of billets, she earned her MA in Political Science in 2011 from the University of New Orleans. She writes regular blog posts for the United States Naval Institute, the professional journal of the sea services, and has been published in Proceedings as well as quoted and interviewed in a variety of media due to her writing. Her research interests include gender inequality and resulting outcomes in the security sphere, and her dissertation work involves the role of gender inequality as an enabling condition of terrorism.

Karin Johnston

Blog Editor
Karin Johnston

Blog Editor

Dr. Karin L. Johnston is the editor of the WIIS Global Blog, and a Franklin Fellow in the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, supporting the Bureau’s work on conflict prevention and stabilization in conflict-afflicted areas of the world. She is an Adjunct Professor at the School of International Service, the American University, in Washington, D.C. specializing in international politics/international security, foreign policy decision-making, U.S.-European relations/Comparative European Politics, and German foreign and security policy. She has worked in policy research institutes in Washington, D.C., including as Senior Research Associate for the Foreign Policy Program at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS). Johnston has written on German foreign policy decision-making on out-of-area operations, German public opinion during the Bosnian crisis and Iraq, media and politics, religion and foreign policy, and U.S.-German-French relations.

Beatriz Carboni

Senior Program Assistant
Beatriz Carboni

Senior Program Assistant

Beatriz Carboni is a Senior Program Assistant at Women In International Security (WIIS). Beatriz has recently completed her Master of Science in Security Studies at the University College London. She received her BA in International Relations and Management from the University of St Andrews in 2015. She has previously worked at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies as part of the Latin American team. Her professional and research interests include security issues in Latin America, countering violent extremism and examining gender roles in extremist organizations.

Nadia Creve Coeur

Senior Program Assistant
Nadia Creve Coeur

Senior Program Assistant

Nadia Creve Coeur is a Senior Program Assistant at Women In International Security (WIIS). Nadia is a B.A. candidate in International affairs with a concentration in conflict resolution at the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. Her research interests include UN Peacekeeping, terrorism, counter-terrorism strategy, and gender-based violence. Nadia has experience working with the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office in the special victim's unit. Most recently, Nadia researched measuring UN peacekeeping success with the Global Governance Institute in Brussels, Belgium. In addition to her intern experience, Nadia conducted independent research on Western indigenous radicalization at the School for International Training in Geneva, Switzerland.

Soraya Kamali-Nafar

Program Assistant
Soraya Kamali-Nafar

Program Assistant

Soraya Kamali-Nafar is a Program Assistant at Women In International Security (WIIS). She is currently pursuing a BA in International Relations at the University of St. Andrews. Soraya has previously worked for the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, in the Public Advocacy division. Her research interests include human rights, gender-based violence, and international law.

Gina Taddeo

Program Assistant
Gina Taddeo

Program Assistant

Gina Taddeo is a Program Assistant at Women In International Security (WIIS). Gina is a B.A. candidate in Political Science and Economics with a concentration in comparative policy and trade at Fordham University. Her research interests include economic justice, and the intersection between poverty-based and gender-based discrimination. Gina has experience working at the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, and with criminal defense firm Blackford & Flohr, LLC.

Find a list of former WIIS staff and fellows here.

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The WIIS network is about the advancement of women's leadership. To best accomplish our mission, we need members like you. As a dues-paying member of Women In International Security (WIIS), you will have the ability to contribute to the WIIS Blog, receive WIIS this Week, access and post to the Jobs Hotline, Gain Visibility and connect with the WIIS Global Online network.

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WIIS defines international security broadly, inclution and human rights, but focuses on the interution and human rights, but focuses on the inter section or nexus of these issues with security.

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