NATO at Seventy: Letting Freedom Ring

Written by Roxana Allen It took thirty years, two generations, fifteen prime ministers, and numerous elections to appoint the first woman Prime Minister in Romania.  With the introduction of the Membership Action Plan twenty years ago, NATO requested that Romania implement a 25 percent quota for women in Parliament and public service.  Consequently, there are […]

A Kenyan Approach to Preventing Violent Extremism

  Photo Credit: World Policy Blog By Fauziya Ali   International actors from the United Nations to the European Union are increasingly recognizing the role of women and women’s organizations in efforts to counter and prevent violent extremism. Still, much of the international debate focuses on the small number of women who join violent extremist groups, rather than […]

A Useful Stalemate in Ukraine

  Photo credit: Nicolas Raymond / freestock.ca¹ By Elizabeth Pond Elizabeth Pond argues that Putin’s undeclared war on once-fraternal Ukraine has destroyed Moscow’s influence on Kiev, forged genuine Ukrainian identity in resistance and ended in a roughly stable stalemate in the eastern 3{5f0f57c44bc297437706deade099e6516fe1db1b31ab604b564d60e47f160dcd} of Ukraine that Russia now controls. However bitter that stalemate is to […]

The Waiting Game

  Written by Elizabeth Pond No, the West has not (yet) lost Ukraine in Vladimir Putin’s Russian roulette, and the fragile Minsk truce and Western sanctions on Moscow over its land grab in Ukraine have not failed. A more nuanced reading of the current state of affairs in the Ukraine crisis would stress that we are […]

Ukraine and the 4 Ms: McCain, Mearsheimer, Motyl, and Merkel

By Elizabeth Pond In a two part series, “What Next for Ukraine?” and “A Farewell to Arms?,” Elizabeth Pond evaluates two opposing trends of analysis regarding the situation in Ukraine: Alexander Motyl and Angela Merkel vs. John McCain and John Mearsheimer. She argues that Motyl and Merkel believe Russia is losing the battle, which gives […]

Do not arm Ukraine

by Elizabeth Pond Hawks in Washington are arguing that the West should deliver lethal defensive weapons to the Ukrainian armed forces. At a moment of political uncertainty in Moscow, their view is that the NATO alliance should show the Kremlin it is not feckless when faced with Vladimir Putin’s aggression. Such a policy would certainly […]

The Missing Link: Gender and the 2015 UN Peacekeeping Review

  by Gabe Dayley Last September, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon established a High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations to undertake a comprehensive review of UN peacekeeping and political missions. The review is both timely and much needed, given that 15 years has passed since Lakhdar Brahimi conducted the last major review of UN […]

Women: A Conduit from Partisanship to Partnership

  by Stephanie Breitsman The meeting on February 10, 2015, between Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, presented an opportunity to reshape the international community’s approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Sweden’s relationship with Palestine should not be seen as a stance against Israel, but instead recognized as an invitation for global […]

A dose of human color in our approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

by Madeleine Stokes February 3, 2015 Picture courtesy of Madeleine Stokes As the bickering between Netanyahu, Abbas and Obama continues, I’m reminded of my recent spring in “the Holy Land” where I learned how ineffective and petty this political façade is to the lives of the people who live there. In March of 2014 I […]

MH17: Who is the Most Likely Culprit?

By Elizabeth Zolotukhina January 30, 2015 The crash of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 (hereafter, MH17) on July 17, 2014 was pivotal to the ongoing conflict in Eastern Ukraine. The Boeing 777 aircraft, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down over Snizhne, Ukraine killing all on board. Investigation into the disaster is ongoing, […]

If or How will the US Marine Corps Fully Integrate?

By Ellen Haring December 5, 2014 Pfc. Julia Carroll eats a small meal after a six-hour patrol during patrol week of Infantry Training Battalion near Camp Geiger, N.C. on Oct. 31, 2013. Carroll is one of the first three females to ever graduate from Infantry Training Battalion. Patrol week is a five-day training event that […]

Two Races Against Time: Kiev must implement painful reforms fast, Moscow weigh the cost of continued aggression

By Elizabeth Pond December 2, 2014 IP-Journal, German Council on Foreign Relations REUTERS/Antonio Bronic Is there going to be a winter respite in Russia’s undeclared war on eastern Ukraine? If so, the newly elected government in Kiev must lose no time laying out the foundations for ending the incestuous system of corrupt political, economic, and […]

Julie L. Arostegui, J.D. WIIS Member Profile

Julie Arostegui, J.D. is Policy Director at Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) where she works to empower women to become political leaders on issues of conflict prevention, peacebuilding, and national security. Recently Julie published a toolkit with Women In International Security (Women, Peace and Security: Practical Guidance on Using Law to Empower Women in Post-Conflict Systems). WIIS’s Program Assistant Alex Paul spoke to Julie about the importance of this work, what the toolkit offers, and women’s participation in the peace and security agenda.

“People forget that women can contribute to security”

Cynthia Petrigh, WIIS member profile. Throughout her career as an expert in conflict resolution and international law, Ms. Petrigh has worked to advance the implementation and understanding of human rights. In 2014 she was recognized for her significant contributions toward ending sexual violence by former UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and Angelina Jolie at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London. She sat down with WIIS Program Assistant, Alex Paul, to discuss her work and to reflect on the significance of gender in her work.

Lessons from the Interim Agreement with Iran

An analysis of the interim agreement and its extension reveals a good deal about the Iranian negotiations strategy as well as the pitfalls the P5+1 (U.S., UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) should avoid in a potential comprehensive agreement.

Negotiating a Better Peace: Women & Civil Society at the Table

Trying to create a more sustainable peace while ignoring over half the population is a recipe for failure, especially when “women’s agency, their creativity and patience, and their capacity to love and to build consensus… make women a valuable constituency for peace”, as Lakshmi Puri, the Deputy Director of UN Women, observed. It was with these goals in mind that women from around the world met in June 2014 at the Better Peace Symposium.

A WIIS Member’s Reflections from the Field

Palestinians and Israelis in particular, bring with them a history of victimhood and see themselves in the present context, by and large, as victims. Both groups bring to the conflict a national history of persecution and destruction… each group brings to the conflict a deep sense of persecution that is not always recognized by the other side because each are too preoccupied with their own tragic national experience.

Turning cyber competition to cooperation

This post hopes to open the discussion regarding the need for internationally agreed upon cyber treaties among countries relating to the protection of critical infrastructures from getting caught in the cyber battlefield crossfire between nations.

Forgotten stories? Women of WWII

While the role of men in WWII is well-documented through film and books, my meeting with a female veteran got me thinking about the much less-discussed role of women in the war, which included around 350,000 in uniform alone – and many others in non-uniformed roles too. They served with distinction across Allied forces, but their contribution is often forgotten…

Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

“The greatest strategic prize for our century is the full social, political and economic empowerment of women everywhere” declared William Hague, the UK Foreign Secretary, at the end of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict last week.

Women and conflict: why we should not separate rape in war from the everyday reality of violence

By Jelke Boesten Since the late 1990s, the international community has developed treaties and tools to address conflict-related sexual violence. Most recently, the UK government has been promoting the Foreign Secretary’s Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PVSI), and has organised a Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, scheduled for June. These are positive developments […]