Tips and Tricks for Your Next Generation Symposium Application

Women In International Security (WIIS) has opened applications for the 2019 Next Generation Gender, Peace and Security (GPS) Symposium, and we are looking forward to selecting a cohort of graduate students and young professionals interested in examining international security challenges from a GPS perspective. (Read more about the 2019 Next Generation Symposium.) In our last […]

Gun Culture Is Gender Politics

Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/134051601@N04/18636815068/   By Scott Weiner   Gun culture alone cannot explain mass shootings in America. If simply having guns really meant having more mass civilian gun attacks, Israel is one country that ought to see frequent such attacks. In reality, mass civilian gun attacks by and against Israeli civilians are rare. The difference between […]

Building a Career in UN Peacekeeping as a Senior-Level Professional: The Importance of Mentorship, Language, and “Taking the Lead.”

   On Monday, June 12, 2017 Women in International Security (WIIS) partnered with the Women’s Foreign Policy Group (WFPG) and the Department of Field Support for UN Peacekeeping Operations (UN DPKO) to co-host an event on the newly relaunched Talent Pipeline with the aim of drawing the interest of senior-level women interested in working in […]

Women Strike For…

By Kathy Crandall Robinson In this blog post, WIIS Senior Fellow Kathy Crandall Robinson examines the legacy of the Women’s Strike for Peace and its vital impact on peace and civil and human rights movements since the early 1960s. She also draws promise and lessons to be applied to today’s efforts for peace. Find the […]

Learning from Civil Society at CSW60

By Clara Fisher, Paige Harland, Kat Ilich, and Erin McGown  For two weeks in March, thousands of women and men from every country, culture, and social group imaginable flocked to New York City to take part in the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women. Their common goal: gender equality. Our George Washington University graduate […]

Will Ukraine’s Oligarchs Now Snatch Defeat?

By Elizabeth Pond Ukraine has miraculously fought the Russian military behemoth to a standstill and fighting has ceased in the Donbas.  With Russian pressure off, Ukraine’s oligarchs are turning complacent and sliding back into corruption as usual.  The question now becomes whether they will block real reform and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. […]

Will Ukraine snatch defeat from the jaws of victory?

By Elizabeth Pond With the heavy guns suddenly silenced on the Donbass “truce” line for a month, a new era has begun. The reading of many Ukrainians (I agree) is that Sphynx Putin has finally realized that his undeclared war on Ukraine is hurting Russia itself more than Ukraine or the West and is trying […]

Women, Peace and Security in Dutch Foreign Policy: A Recommendation for the New National Action Plan

By Alex Paul The Netherlands has long been at the forefront of women, peace and security issues. A Security Council member when Resolution 1325 was adopted in 2000, it will launch its third National Action Plan (NAP) for 1325 by the end of 2015. However, strong support for the principles and objectives of 1325 has […]

Comparing the All Stars to the Farm Team

Written by Ellen L. Haring Last month the Marine Corps began prepping the battlefield for their request for an exception to policy to keep women out of infantry occupations and units. On 10 September, the Marines released a 4-pague summary outlining findings from their gender integrated experimental task force which provided data that, not surprisingly, […]

Leaning In at the Pentagon

  By Kelsey Campbell On April 9, Facebook Chief Operating Officer and thought leader Sheryl Sandberg gave a version of her Lean In presentation to employees of the Department of Defense at the Pentagon. It was a fitting time for her visit, as more and more women are reaching the ranks of general and flag officers […]

Putin’s long war: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has destroyed the peace in Europe for a generation

by Elizabeth Pond An abridged version of this essay was published in NEW STATESMAN on 5 MARCH 2015, under the title “Russia vs the west: the consequences of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.” A year after Russian President Vladimir Putin shocked Europe by annexing Crimea and fomenting rebellion in Ukraine’s previously quiet Donbas region, his undeclared war […]

Is the Marine Corps Setting Women Up to Fail in Combat Roles?

by Ellen Haring Photo: Flickr CC, Kenny Holston Two years ago, then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta made the historic decision to eliminate the military’s exclusionary policy that kept ground combat occupations and units closed to women. Any decision to exclude women will be made as an exception rather than the rule, flipping the paradigm from […]

A Snapshot: Two Years into Combat Integration

By Ellen Haring January 30, 2015 U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno speaks with a female Soldier at the Army Ranger Training Brigade, Ranger Assessment Course during his visit to Fort Benning, Ga., Oct. 23, 2014. Gen. Odierno was visiting to discuss the progress of integrating women into the Ranger School Course. Female […]

The Next Stage in the Ukraine Crisis

by Elizabeth Pond December 19, 2014 On Black Tuesday of this week soft economic power trumped hard military power for the first time since the Ukraine crisis began. The threatened meltdown of the Russian economy could put pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin to dial down his undeclared war on Ukraine in return for some […]

As the Indispensable Nation, the U.S. Must Lead in Eliminating Violence Against Women

By Kelsey Campbell November 25, 2014 Originally published in the Huffington Post. November 25th is designated by the United Nations to be the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The day, based on the anniversary of the 1960 assassination of the three Mirabal sisters in the Dominican Republic by dictator Rafael Trujillo, […]

What will New Zealand do with its UN Security Council seat?

By Anna Powles November 5, 2014 Photo courtesy of Flickr user UN Photo. New Zealand’s 10-year campaign to win a seat on the Security Council began in 2004 under the Labour Government of Prime Minister Helen Clark, now head of the UN Development Program. The seat was secured by Prime Minister John Key’s recently re-elected […]

What Can New Zealand Do on the United Nations Security Council to Advance the Women, Peace and Security Agenda?

By Jacqui True and Anna Powles November 17, 2014 Delegation of New Zealand following election to the Security Council. Photo by Loey Felipe/UN Photo, used under a Creative Commons licence The Women, Peace and Security Academic Collective and Women in International Security New Zealand (see note 1) are delighted that New Zealand has won election as […]

Tajikistan’s Southern Border: Opiate Headwaters

This article was originally posted by the Central Eurasia Standard, which looks at news and analysis out of Central Asia and Eurasia. CES recently enjoyed a jaunt along the Tajik-Afghan border from Qalaikhumb to Langar before jumping over the Pamiri Plateau and back to Khorog.  Along the deteriorated road following the Panj River, we were […]

Breaking Bad in Syria

By Jill Zabel As I have watched AMC’s Breaking Bad and the events unfolding in Syria, I noticed that Walter White and Bashar al-Assad have a lot in common.  These lead characters’ similarities speak to a wider point about how people can grow into roles that were not meant for them, become corrupted, and, over […]

Technology and Human Trafficking: Friends or Foes?

Ieva Pundina Human trafficking is one of the world’s most shameful crimes. While human trafficking is not yet the most profitable illicit trade – that honor goes to narcotics trafficking – it is likely the fastest growing. This low cost, high profit crime is thought to be a 32 billion dollar industry. Despite the frequency of the […]

Big Data and Diverse Threats: The Essential Role of Domain Expertise

Dr. Andrea Little Limbago  The recent presidential campaign placed data analytics in the limelight, highlighting its growing role across academia, industry, and politics. Whether it was the use of data scientists to mine vast amounts of information about voters, the pre-election vitriol for Nate Silver’s predictions for an easy Obama victory, or the post-election glorification […]

Kyrgyz Democracy is Undermining Kyrgyz Democracy

Ingrid Pederson This article originally appeared in the Central Eurasia Standard on June 24, 2013.  In March of 2011, democracy was progressing in Kyrgyzstan. Less than a year before, a bloody revolution and ethnic violence threatened the small state with civil war. Instead, a female head of state stepped down to allow an elected leader to take […]

Where’s Syria’s George Washington? The Unexplored Cost of Persistent Political Oppression

Jill Zabel Throughout the world, authoritarian regimes imprison, torture, exile, and kill opponents that could challenge their leadership.  Where holding office is the reward for ruthlessness or loyalty to a deceased authoritarian leader, the most competent visionaries rarely rise to the top.  Cracking down on political opposition can clear the playing field of leaders that […]

The Fine Line Between Banking and Blacklisting in Lebanon

Sophie Jacobs Lebanon’s banking sector is constantly walking a fine line when it comes to financial transactions with Hezbollah. On the one hand, banking officials want to please US regulators who see Hezbollah as a terrorist group; on the other hand, the support of the Lebanese public has turned Hezbollah into a major political party, […]

Syria’s Silent War Crimes Call for Intervention

Recent events in Syria have raised concerns that the redline of chemical weapons use has been crossed, forcing the U.S. to reconsider intervening in the two-year civil war.  At this crossroads, it is important to look beyond the use of chemical weapons and at the entire scope of the conflict and range of weapons used […]

Chechnya and Dagestan are Not the Same Thing: A Brief Look at Conflict in the Caucasus

Ingrid Pederson This article originally appeared in the Central Eurasia Standard on April 19, 2013. The Boston Bomber suspects may be Chechen and lived at one time in Dagestan. These are not the same places. We don’t know anything else about the suspects, and they have/had lived in America for a very long time as […]

Investment in women: Smart economics in conflict-affected regions

Qursum Qasim Women in conflict-affected areas do not have the luxury of debating the relative happiness and fulfillment quotients of homemakers or breadwinners – self-preservation and the survival of their families demands they become breadwinners and homemakers, whether they choose to or not. Women acquire valuable negotiation and management skills while ‘learning from doing’ and […]

Ticket to Ride Doesn’t Expand Saudi Women’s Freedoms

Sophie Jacobs In what many be seen as a positive step for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, religious police (the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice) have finally permitted women to ride bicycles in public –with restrictions, of course. They must be in the company of a male, wear appropriate clothing, […]

Is the threat of terrorism still a priority?

Stanli Montgomery Weapons proliferation.  Cyber-security.  Global warming.  Drug laundering. International trade. All of these above issues, among many others, are top priorities that affect national as well as international security and dominate the agendas of international bodies.   However, terrorism, while still an important component of national security, has currently been waning in importance and coverage. This […]

Egypt’s Women Face Institutionalized Discrimination

Nina Kontevska For the past two years, Egypt has been stuck in a protracted, tough post-revolutionary transition phase that is bound to last a while longer. Owning a continuously plunging economy triggered by – and further fueling – a larger political and social crisis, Egypt has seen countless protests (and abundant violence) since 2011, which […]

21st Century UK: Can women still be coerced within marriage?

Mary Manjikian For the past two months, British newspaper readers have been riveted by the sage of Vicky Price and Chris Huhne.  Here’s the story in brief:  Price and Huhne were a British power couple.  He was a liberal democratic member of Parliament and Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, while Price, an […]

Securitizing Violence Against Women in South Asia

Piyumi Kapugeekiyana At any given point in time, there are a number of hot-button issues on the international security horizon. Some current concerns include the threat of chemical warfare in Syria, the dispute over the South China seas and the actions of proto-nuclear states like North Korea. The fact that such issues are fair game […]

Weighing In: Sandberg, Slaughter, and Women in the Workplace

The debate about career advancement and women in the workplace has recently been re-ignited by Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg’s book “Lean In.” The WIIS blog asked readers to comment on Sandberg’s approach, especially as compared to Anne-Marie Slaughter’s famous op-ed in The Atlantic last summer. Readers are welcome to weigh in by commenting below. Both […]

Direct from President Otunbayeva: An interview with the former President of Kyrgyzstan

Ingrid Pederson On December 13, the Eurasia Foundation awarded Roza Otunbayeva, the former President of Kyrgyzstan, the 2012 Bill Maynes Award for demonstrating visionary leadership throughout Kyrgyzstan’s constitutional transition and providing a lifelong example of public service. President Otunbayeva held the office of the Presidency after the 2010 April uprising, and voluntarily stepped down from […]

Hopeful Developments for Women In the U.S. Military

Sarah Wagner After last year’s remarkable documentary “The Invisible War” – nominated for an Academy Award this year – it is understandable if the shocking account of sexual assault in the military left many viewers cynical about the current state of women in the U.S. military. And yet, even though many troublesome indicators and incidents […]

Why is it so Hard to Get More Women in Top Positions?

Since President Obama announced his Cabinet picks for the second term, many have vocally criticized the picture that is emerging – of a largely, white, male leadership team. The criticism should not surprise us.  In the last year, we have seen a flurry of attention on the scarcity of women at top levels of policy […]

Women Are The Losers in Sierra Leone Election

Dr. Lyn Graybill When Sierra Leoneans went to the polls on November 17th to vote in the nation’s third post-war election, they knew in advance who the big losers would be: women. That is because women constituted only 6.5{5f0f57c44bc297437706deade099e6516fe1db1b31ab604b564d60e47f160dcd} of the 586 candidates competing for 112 parliamentary seats. There were 12 additional seats for Paramount […]

Forecast 2013: Women In Washington

By Maddie Koch Believe it or not, 2013 is just around the corner. With the 113th Congress elected, we already have an idea of which women will be taking leading roles in the U.S. government this coming year. And, of course, we’re waiting at the edge of our seats like everyone else to find out […]

Building a Cyber Security Workforce Through Diversity

[slideshow]Last week, we were honored at WIIS to host an all-star cast of cyber security experts from both the federal and private sector to discuss future cyber security challenges and how a diverse workforce is an important step to solving these problems. THE TAKE-AWAY MESSAGES The need for cyber security professionals will increase for the […]

Girls In International Security

By Maddie Koch This week, we’ve all been saddened – but not necessarily surprised –by the shooting of the 14-year-old Pakistani education activist, Malala Yousafzai. You may remember that she was the brave voice of school-age children in the 2009 documentary “Class Dismissed.”  Despite her age, Malala saw an opportunity to advocate for an issue […]

Women as Agents of Peace

Since Christopher Reeves flashed across the silver screen in the iconic blur of red-and-blue in 1978’s Superman, superheroes have catapulted into American popular culture and captured our imaginations. If the 105 films that have followed, along with the recent additions of the mega successful and critically acclaimed The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises […]

The Other Half

By Stephanie Salmon, Cadet, West Point Military Academy Prior to U.S. Female Engagement Teams (F.E.T.s) in Afghanistan, the U.S. experienced difficulty reaching half of the nation’s population: women. As Afghanistan’s population remains evenly split among males and females, the need for American forces to communicate with Afghanistan’s population as a whole remains paramount. With the […]

Female Participation & The Leaky Pipeline: Our Take on Women’s Issues

By Allison Tilt During the past few months, there has been a notable focus on issues relating to women’s representation in visible roles.  Female athletes as part of every participating county’s Olympic team, coupled with a deluge of voices of prominent women (Anne-Marie Slaughter, Sheryl Sandberg and Anne Kim) on the importance of women’s advancement […]

A Woman to Lead the African Union

By Grace Kenneally On Sunday night, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was elected to be the next head of the African Union.  Dlamini-Zuma will be the first woman to lead the AU, a fact that has the Women’s League of South Africa “beaming with pride.”  While representation of a woman’s perspective at such a high post is a […]

Response: Where are the Women Wonks?

By WIIS Staff The Washington Monthly article, “Where are the Women Wonks?” by Anne Kim has created a stir similar to last month’s hype over Anne-Marie Slaughter’s article in the Atlantic Monthly, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All”. The question that Anne Kim poses is a good one, mostly because of how complicated and […]

London 2012: Gender Disparity Still Present For Some

By Allison Tilt After Publication Note: As of this morning, the IOC has stated that two Saudi women will compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics. This is a huge step forward for women’s rights in the Middle East. ____________________________________________________________ In honor of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, starting on July 27th, WIIS decided to take […]

Reactions: Having it All

By Allison Tilt First of all, I want to remind you that the Monthly Director’s Note is out and available here.  The Director’s Note is a great way to check in on WIIS happenings each month! Here’s what our Director Jolynn Shoemaker had to say about the blog: We have decided that this is the […]

The New Problem with No Name

By Jolynn Shoemaker Originally written June 28, 2012 On June 21, The Atlantic featured an article by Anne-Marie Slaughter, “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All.” It didn’t take long for the piece to go viral, unleashing a tsunami of commentary on the Internet. Dr. Slaughter’s very personal account of the choices between career advancement and family […]

The Importance of Networking

By Allison Tilt According to UC Berkeley’s Law Blog, at least 70{5f0f57c44bc297437706deade099e6516fe1db1b31ab604b564d60e47f160dcd} of jobs come from network connections. Adding anecdotal evidence from my own experiences, a friend of mine who interned with a popular Washington-based agency (for privacy reasons, I’m leaving out specifics) said staff members asked current interns and other employees about applicants in […]

Welcome to our blog!

Welcome to our blog, what we hope will become an online forum to facilitate discussions about issues pertinent to our members. We hope to provide insights into issues surrounding women, peace and security as well as provide a message board for our members to express their thoughts and opinions.  We look forward to making this blog […]

“Women, Peace, and Security: Toward a U.S. Action Plan”

“Women, Peace, and Security: Toward a U.S. Action Plan” by Sarah Williamson, Senior Consultant with Global Emergency Group   Introduction Ten years after the UN Security Council passed a landmark resolution encouraging greater participation of women in all aspects of international peace and security, the United States is just now developing a National Action Plan […]

The Future of Yemen: A Rare Conversation with Yemeni Political Opposition Leaders

This morning, Yemeni opposition leaders gathered to discuss the future of Yemen via videoconference with the United States Institute of Peace. The five representatives addressed the collaboration of the various tribes in instigating the ongoing protests. They described the ongoing violence, and confirmed 130 deaths and 5500 wounded civilians. These numbers exclude the factory explosion […]

U.N. Women Sets Its Agenda

After four years of heavy lobbying, the infant international agency U.N. Women is taking on the responsibilities of gender equality and female advocacy worldwide. Leading the charge as the first head of the organization is Michelle Bachelet, the first female Chilean defense minister and first woman president of Chile. Her approach is redefining the traditional […]

DCAF releases updated compilation of International and Regional Laws and Instruments Related to Security Sector Reform and Gender

In recent years, international and regional organisations have adopted a number of important standards concerning the need to address gender issues in security processes and institutions. These include the new Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security. The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces developed a detailed compilation of the international […]

Senate Addresses Women’s Participation in Middle East Revolutions

On March 28, 2011, Senator Snowe and her female colleagues in the United States Senate passed a bipartisan resolution, which honored and supported women involved in the ongoing revolutions in the Middle East, calling their courage “contagious”. The resolution emphasizes the importance of women’s rights and participation as these countries address constitutional reform and government […]

Guide to Careers in the CR Field/Additional Resources (Including Newly Expanded List of Key Job Websites)

Shared by Dr. Craig Zelizer on January 31, 2011 Finding the right job in conflict resolution, international development and related fields requires a combination of the right experience and training, an understanding of the field, developing strong connections and a bit of serendipity. In addition to academic and/or professional training, it is essential to have […]

Please participate in the WIIS Membership Survey!

WIIS is looking for ways we can improve support to our membership, affiliates and other stakeholders. We would like to get your thoughts and insight on how we can improve. Please take our short, 18 question-survey to let us know what you think! http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/wiismembershipsurvey

WIIS Next Online Newsletter, your updates!

For our upcoming online newsletter, please provide us with news and/or information on your professional accomplishments or developments in order to share them with the WIIS community. Specifically, we would like to highlight any or all of the following: new position/promotion recent publication/article (please send us an online link if you can!) special award/recognition fellowship/grant […]

Join the Discussion with USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah – Wednesday, May 5th at 4 p.m.

On Wednesday, May 5th at 4 p.m. the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition will host USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah as he gives a speech on USAID’s Approach to High Impact Development. U.S. Global Leadership Coalition be live streaming the event on usglc.org. If you have a question you think should be part of the discussion, […]

USAID/Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance Information Session – Friday, May 7, 2010

The USAID/Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) invites you to an information session about employment opportunities with USAID/OFDA. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from a panel of OFDA employees on various topics including: * What kind of opportunities exist with OFDA for entry-, mid-, and senior-level people? * What are the various […]

Seizing the Moment: Media & Peacebuilding, Media As Global Diplomat – May 12, 2010, 9am-3:30pm EST

Seizing the Moment: Media & Peacebuilding Media As Global Diplomat May 12, 2010, 9:00am-3:30pm EST Location: Newseum (Knight Conference Center) 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001 The United States Institute of Peace and the Independent Television Service, in collaboration with Sesame Workshop and citizen journalists around the world, invite you to a leadership summit […]

USIP Launches The Peacemaker’s Toolkit Series Online!

USIP Launches The Peacemaker’s Toolkit Series Online! The U.S. Institute of Peace introduces The Peacemaker’s Toolkit, a new series of handbooks for practitioners and educators about the art of mediation available online for free! Each handbook focuses on a particular facet of the mediator’s trade, distilling practical guidance from a wealth of experience and expertise. […]

Engaging Women in Rebuilding Society – United States Institute of Peace- May 6, 2010

Engaging Women in Rebuilding Society United States Institute of Peace Thursday, May 6, 2010 1:30pm – 3:30pm 2nd Floor Conference Room, 1200 17th Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20036 Speakers: Nadia Gerspacher, Moderator – Program Officer, Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding, U.S. Institute of Peace Nora Dudwick – Senior Social Scientist, World […]

IPOA VENUE CHANGE for May Networking Reception- Thursday, May 13th 6pm – 8pm

New Venue for theIPOA May Networking Reception Please Note that the venue for this Networking Reception has changed due to overwhelming demand. The event will now be held at the larger space afforded by the University Club, 1135 16th St. NW in Washington, D.C.IPOA Members and friends are invited to join us for an informal […]

NATO’s European Dimension – 21 June 2010, Concert Noble, Brussels

Save the date International Conference NATO’s European Dimension Keynote speech by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen 21 June 2010, Concert Noble, Brussels Brussels, 26 April 2010 We are pleased to announce that NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will be giving the keynote speech at the SDA’s annual NATO Conference on 21 June at […]

A Celebration of Women Diplomats – Thursday, May 6, 2010 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The Women’s Foreign Policy Group cordially invites you to an evening reception and program A Celebration of Women Diplomats A reception to celebrate and highlight the achievements of women diplomats Join us in honoring: Ambassador Josefina Pitra Diakite, Embassy of Angola Ambassador Deborah Mae Lovell, Embassy of Antigua and Barbuda Ambassador Angele Niyuhire, Embassy of […]

Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women Are Transforming the Middle East- Monday, May 10, 2010, 12 noon

– Author Series Luncheon – Paradise Beneath Her Feet How Women Are Transforming the Middle East Isobel Coleman Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations Over the centuries, women have struggled for equality and basic rights. In Paradise Beneath Her Feet, Dr. Coleman travels throughout the greater Middle East to reveal how […]

Launch of the Gender and Security Sector Reform Training Resource Website

DCAF is pleased to announce the launch of the Gender and Security Sector Reform Training Resource Website. The website is meant to provide a user-friendly, online access to the complete Gender and SSR Training Resource Package, as well as a place of exchange for all those involved in Gender and SSR Training. Developed as a […]

The New Nuclear Security Agenda – April 29, 2010, 10:00am – 11:30am

Please join the Center for American Progress for a special presentation: April 29, 2010, 10:00am – 11:30am Admission is free. RSVP to attend this event Featuring: Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-PA) The Honorable Ellen O. Tauscher, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 […]

A Book Discussion on “The Law of Armed Conflict: International Humanitarian Law”

The American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) present A Book Discussion on “The Law of Armed Conflict: International Humanitarian Law” When: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 2:30pm – 3:30pm Author remarks and panel discussion 3:30pm – 4:00pm Audience Q/A session […]

“Inclusive Security: Expanding Participation of Women in Peace Processes” – June 7th through 11th

Once again this year, The Institute for Inclusive Security’s Deputy Director for Management and Partnerships Evelyn Thornton will teach a course as part of American University’s Peacebuilding and Development Summer Institute. This year, she will be joined by long-time Women Waging Peace Network member Precious Dennis Mitchell from Liberia who will co-lead the course and […]

Natural Security Navigating the Future Global Environment – Wednesday, April 28, 2010 3:00-5:30 p.m

Natural Security Navigating the Future Global Environment with a keynote address by The Honorable Carol Browner Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change and David Kilcullen, Rear Admiral Philip Cullom, Robert Kaplan and Christine Parthemore Wednesday, April 28, 2010 3:00-5:30 p.m. – Cocktail reception to follow RSVP here. The effects of climate change […]

A Brigade Commander’s View of Afghanistan – Monday, May 3, 2010

A Brigade Commander’s View of Afghanistan Monday, May 3, 2010 1330 – 1500 Baruch Auditorium, Eisenhower Hall National Defense University, Ft. McNair Colonel Mike Howard, CO, 4th Brigade, 25th Infantry Division will give a presentation based on his time as a brigade commander in Afghanistan. He will discuss the operational environment, pre-deployment and in-theater COIN […]

First Female PSYOP Division Executive Officer dies at 104

Esther Pierce Pulis Corcoran, Army officer, dies at 104 Wednesday, April 21, 2010; B06 Esther Pierce Pulis Corcoran, 104, who rose from a private in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps to a lieutenant colonel in the regular Army, died March 24 at Knollwood Retirement Center in Washington. She had Alzheimer’s disease. Col. Corcoran enlisted in […]

Haiti: The Key Challenges to “Building Back Better” – Friday, April 30, 2010 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

UNDP WASHINGTON ROUNDTABLE Haiti: The Key Challenges to “Building Back Better” with His Excellency Raymond Joseph, Ambassador of Haiti to the United StatesPaul Weisenfeld, Coordinator of Haiti Task Team, USAIDSam Worthington, President and CEO, InterActionRebeca Grynspan, Associate Administrator, UNDPModerator: David Yang, Senior Advisor, UNDP/Washington Friday, April 30, 201012:30 to 2:30 p.m. Center for Strategic and […]

IPOA May Networking Reception – Thursday, May 13th 6pm – 8pm

Join Us for the The Association of the Stability Operations Industry (IPOA) May Networking Reception Thursday, May 13th 6.00pm to 8.00pm Gordon Biersch Restaurant 900 F St. NW Washington, D.C. 20004 IPOA Members and friends are invited to join us for an informal IPOA Networking Reception at Gordon Biersch in downtown Washington D.C. This reception […]

International Gender Justice Dialogue – Puerta Vallarta, Mexico, April 20-21st

Nobel Women’s Initiative Update April 20, 2010 News International Gender Justice Dialogue – Puerta Vallarta, Mexico, April 20-21st The volcano in Iceland which has grounded flights throughout Europe has provided the International Gender Justice Dialogue with unforeseen challenges. Contingency plans had been developed for almost every imaginable scenario, yet the disruption caused by volcanic ash […]

“Opportunities in Crisis 2: Defining New Avenues of Growth” – Thursday, April 22, 2010

Bertelsmann Foundation annual conference”Opportunities in Crisis 2: Defining New Avenues of Growth” This conference, hosted by the Bertelsmann Foundation in cooperation with the Financial Times, again brings together high-level government officials, corporate executives, and leading thinkers from the United States, Europe and beyond. The event will put a special focus on stimulating our economies, the […]

Author Series Luncheon: Paradise Beneath Her Feet, How Women Are Transforming the Middle East- May 10, 2010

– Author Series Luncheon -Paradise Beneath Her Feet How Women Are Transforming the Middle East Isobel Coleman – Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations Monday, May 10, 2010, 12pm Over the centuries, women have struggled for equality and basic rights. Their challenge in the Middle East has been intensified by the […]

Launch of the Peacemaker’s Toolkit – U.S. Institute of Peace – May 4, 2010, 10:00am-11:30am

Launch of the Peacemaker’s Toolkit May 4, 2010, 10:00am-11:30am Location:U.S. Institute of Peace2nd floor1200 17th Street NWWashington, D.C. 20036 RSVP: http://peacemakerstoolkitlaunch.eventbrite.com/Directions: http://www.usip.org/pages/visit-us Introducing the The Peacemaker’s Toolkit, a new series of handbooks for practitioners and educators about the art of mediation. On May 4, 2010, the United States Institute of Peace will hold a public […]

Can the EU Remain Relevant? – German Marshall Fund

Can the EU Remain Relevant? Wednesday, April 28, 201012:00 – 2:00 p.m. Location:German Marshall Fund of the United States 1744 R Street NW, Washington, DC Featuring:Charles Grant – Director, Centre for European Reform, LondonAnne-Marie Slaughter – Director of Policy Planning, United States Department of State Moderator: Karen Donfried – Executive Vice President, German Marshall Fund […]

2010 American Enterprise Summer Institute – Applications due Friday, May 14, 2010

The American Enterprise Institute is accepting applications for its exciting new program to identify and develop the next generation of leaders who share our commitment to free enterprise, individual liberty, and a strong national defense. The Summer Institute will assemble a select group of Washington’s top young professionals to learn from distinguished scholars, policymakers, and […]

“Advancing the Cairo Agenda: Entrepreneurship, Education and Gender Equality in the Muslim World” – Wednesday, April 28

The United Nations Development Program & The Academy for Educational Development invite you to An International Forum in Support of The Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship “Advancing the Cairo Agenda: Entrepreneurship, Education and Gender Equality in the Muslim World” with Soraya Salti, Regional Director, INJAZ Al-Arab; and Summit Delegate (invited)Helmy Abouleish, CEO, Sekem Group; and Summit […]

Migration Policy Institute Event – Susan Ginsburg’s new book – April 22

Please join us on April 22 at 9:00am as author Susan Ginsburg, MPI Nonresident Fellow and former Senior Counsel to the 9/11 Commission, discusses her analysis of recent security and mobility policies and programs and her recommendations for new approaches. She will be joined by Luis Rubio, who is President of CIDAC (Center of Research […]

WIIS Executive Board Member Lenora Peters Gant honored for public service

Lenora Peters Gant, Ph.D. is being awarded the Donald Stewart Alumni Achievement Award at a ceremony on Saturday, April 17, by Harvard University JFK School of Government for her more than 20 years of leadership in public service. Dr. Gant, as an active member of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government Alumni Board, created the concept […]

Webcast – Gender Equality for Global Security: Women in Peace and Security Careers

Thursday, April 15, 2010, 11:00am-12:30pm Live webcast: http://www.usip.org/events/gender-equality-global-security At the highest levels of the U.S. government, women are increasingly occupying high-ranking, visible power positions in national security and foreign policy. There have been great strides in recent decades, but it is also clear that much more needs to be done to support women’s leadership. The […]

Regional Collaboration in Cybersecurity Conference- Co-hosted by National Defense University and National University of Singapore (Singapore, July 13-14, 2010)

Regional Collaboration in Cybersecurity Conference Co-hosted by National Defense University and National University of Singapore 13-14 July 2010 Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore A key component of this leadership conference includes an overview of the latest information technologies, while considering the critical challenge of information security. Our intent is to gather regional decision makers to collaborate on […]

Nuclear Weapons in the Three-Sided US-Russia-China Relationship – Thursday, 27 May 2010

Thursday, 27 May 2010 Dr. Daniel GoureVice President, Lexington Institute Nuclear Weapons in the Three-Sided US-Russia-China RelationshipMarriott Residence Inn, Pentagon City6:00-8:00PM Dr. Goure is a Vice President with the Lexington Institute, a nonprofit public-policy research organization. He has held senior positions in both the private sector and the US Government. Prior to the Lexington Institute, […]

The Future of Russia and the US-Russian Relationship- Tuesday, April 20th 2010

Tuesday, April 20th 2010Dr. Andrew KuchinsCenter for Strategic and International StudiesThe Future of Russia and the US-Russian Relationship6:00 – 8:00 PM, Marriott Residence Inn, Pentagon City Andrew Kuchins is a senior fellow and director of the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program. He is an internationally renowned expert on Russian foreign and domestic policies who publishes […]

Film Screening and Panel Discussion- What a Billion Muslims Really Think: Human Rights and Muslim Women

Film Screening and Panel Discussion What a Billion Muslims Really Think: Human Rights and Muslim Women In cooperation with the El-Hibri Charitable Foundation and Unity Productions Foundation, KARAMAH will hold a film screening of Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think and a panel discussion, “What a Billion Muslims Really Think About Human Rights […]

A Briefing on the Democratic Republic of Congo (NEW LOCATION!)

The Africa Program presents: A Briefing on the Democratic Republic of Congo With: Alan Doss UN Special Representative to the Democratic Republic of Congo Moderated by: Steve McDonald, Consulting Director, Africa Program, Wilson Center Friday, April 9, 2010, 12:30pm to 2:00pm Please join us at 12:00pm for a light lunch on the 6th floor before […]

UNU Worldwide in NY Series: For or Against Official Development Assistance?

UNU Worldwide in NY Series For or Against Official Development Assistance? Date: Monday, April 19th, 2010, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00p.m Venue: Conference room 6, Temporary North Lawn Building, UN Headquarters, New York Speaker: Finn Tarp, Director of the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) To register: http://fororagainstodawebcast.eventbrite.com/?ref=ebtn The question of foreign […]


TAKING PEACEBUILDING TO CONGRESS Take part in our annual policy conference and Congressional visits. April 14-15 100 Maryland Ave. NE Washington, DC 20002 To register: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/580793168 Opening Remarks The Honorable Sam Farr (D-CA) (Confirmed) Peacebuilding & Policymaking Sharon Morris, Mercy Corps Chic Dambach, Alliance for Peacebuilding Overview of U.S. Foreign Assistance Chic Dambach, Alliance for […]

The Future of Russia and the US-Russian Relationship – Tuesday, April 20th 2010

Tuesday, April 20th 2010 Dr. Andrew Kuchins Center for Strategic and International Studies The Future of Russia and the US-Russian Relationship 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Marriott Residence Inn, Pentagon City Andrew Kuchins is a senior fellow and director of the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program. He is an internationally renowned expert on Russian foreign and […]

Humanitarian Intervention in Emergencies: Principles, Practices, and Perspectives

The Center for Peace & Security Studies invites you to a discussion on Humanitarian Intervention in Emergencies: Principles, Practices, and Perspectives featuring LCDR C. Spencer Abbot, USNDepartment of Defense Representative for Latin America at theU.S. Agency for International DevelopmentandChristopher DanielChief Operating Officer, World Connect moderated by Dr. Donald DanielProfessor, Security Studies Program April 13, 20101:30 […]

Women of Congo: Finding Hope in the Worst Place on Earth to be a Woman

Women of Congo: Finding Hope in the Worst Place on Earth to be a Woman Date: Monday, April 12, 2010 Networking Reception Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m. Lecture Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m. Location: Intiman Theatre, 201 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109 Lecture Cost: $10 Members/Students/Intiman Subscribers; $15 Non-Members Networking Reception Cost: $20 Members/Students/Intiman Subscribers; $30 Non-Members. Cost of […]

The Africa Program presents: A Briefing on the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Africa Program presents: A Briefing on the Democratic Republic of Congo With: Alan Doss UN Special Representative to the Democratic Republic of Congo Moderated by: Steve McDonald, Consulting Director, Africa Program, Wilson Center Friday, April 9, 2010, 12:30pm to 2:00pm 5th floor Conference Room of the Woodrow Wilson Center Ronald Reagan Building. One Woodrow […]

“Can Obama Bring Peace to the Middle East?” at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice

IPJ Special Event: “Can Obama Bring Peace to the Middle East?” Thursday, April 15, 7-9 p.m. Peace & Justice TheatreSan Diego, CA 92101(619) 260-7509 This talk will examine the current perspectives of the critical diplomatic triangle: the Palestinians, Israelis and Americans. Where does each stand in its diplomatic position? How do domestic politics affect the […]


WIIS RELEASES NEW PROGRESS REPORT ON “WOMEN IN PEACE & SECURITY CAREERS: U.S. EXECUTIVE BRANCH” Gender Equality for Global Security: Women in Peace and Security Careers April 15, 2010, 11:00am-1:00pm U.S. Institute of Peace2nd floor1200 17th Street, NWWashington, DC 20036 Please RSVP at: http://genderequalityglobalsecurity.eventbrite.com/ At the highest levels of the U.S. government, women are increasingly […]

A Woman’s Place Is at the Pentagon

Kathleen Hicks, deputy under secretary of defense for strategy, plans, and forces, has served at the Pentagon off and on since 1993. But it was not until last February that she walked into a Defense Department office and found herself in a meeting in which all of the attendees were women. “It was the under […]


5 March 2010 – The United Nations has appointed a group of independent experts to advise on ways to better protect women in conflict situations, and to ensure that their voices are heard in peace processes and that they are included in post-conflict reconstruction and governance structures. The establishment of the group comes as the […]

WIIS Executive Board Member Dalia Mogahed Receives Recognition

Egyptian-born Dalia Mogahed was propelled onto the international arena when she became the first Muslim veiled woman to be appointed to a position in the White House. Mogahed, who moved from Egypt to America when she was fourteen years old, was selected as an advisor to US president Barack Obama on the White House Office […]

WIIS Members News – Winter 2010

Members at Work and in Print: WIIS Members News Winter 2010.pdf