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.
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
Chantal de Jonge Oudraat
Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat is President of Women in International Security (WIIS) since February 2013.
She was the founding and executive director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) North America (2012-2014). Previous positions include: senior advisor to the U.S. Institute of Peace Center for Gender and Peacebuilding; 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.
Dr. de Jonge Oudraat is co-editor of The Gender and Security Agenda: Promoting Equality and Peace in the 21st Century (forthcoming 2019); Women and War: Power and Protection in the 21st Century (USIP Press, 2011); and Managing Global Issues: Lessons Learned (Carnegie Endowment, 2001).
Other recent publications include: “ WPS+GPS: Adding Gender to the Peace and Security Equation,” WIIS Policy Brief (November 2017); “Women, Gender and Terrorism: The Missing Links, WIIS Policy Brief (August, 2016); “Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism: the Role of Women and Women’s Organizations” in A Man’s World (CGCS and Hedayah Center, 2016); “Women In Combat: Learning from Cultural Support Teams,” WIIS Policy Brief, (August, 2015); The 1325 Scorecard-Gender Mainstreaming: Indicators for the Implementation of UNSCR 1325 and its Related Resolutions (NATO/WIIS, 2015); “Peace and Security in the 21st Century: Understanding the Gendered Nature of Power” in Managing Conflict in a World Adrift (USIP Press, 2015); UNSCR 1325: “Conundrums and Opportunities,” International Interactions, (No.4, 2013);“Mostly Sunny, Partly Cloudy-The transatlantic forecast for the next four years,” Atlantisch Perspectief, (No. 8, 2012); ”Play it Again, Uncle Sam: Transatlantic Relations, NATO and the European Union” in Rewiring Regional Security in a Fragmented World (USIP Press, 2011).
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).
She is a Dutch and US national.
Sarah is a Fall Gender and Global Security Intern at Women in International Security (WIIS). Sarah graduated from the University of Virginia in May 2018, where she served as president of the student body. During her time as an undergraduate, Sarah majored in Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law and minored in Women and Gender Studies. Her senior thesis focused on the role of women in the alt-right and the implications of a gendered perspective for counter-extremism efforts in America. She plans to expand her research on female actors and ideological movements to the international scale in graduate school, focusing on the role that gender plays in peace negotiations and reconciliation in post-conflict societies.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
Hannah Lynch is a program assistant at Women in International Security. She is currently a B.A. candidate in International Studies with a concentration in Peace, Global Security and Conflict Resolution at American University’s School of International Service. Her research interests include NATO’s relationship with Russia, the changing character of violence and security trends, and post-conflict stabilization in the Balkans region. Hannah has experience working with CEJI in Brussels, Belgium on anti-hate speech and hate crime policy with the European Commission. Along with her internship, she also took classes on NATO, EU politics and economics at American University’s satellite campus in Brussels. Hannah also completed a semester at Victoria University of Wellington in Wellington, New Zealand taking courses on the global political economy and international development.
John Arnold is a Program Assistant at Women in International Security (WIIS). John is an M.A. Candidate in International Affairs with a concentration in Global Gender Policy at George Washington University. His research interests include the intersection of sexual orientation and gender identity in conflict and post-conflict settings and the peacebuilding process. Previously, John has worked in residential real estate and in the non-profit sector.
Find a list of former WIIS staff and fellows here.
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