The Gender, Peace, and Security  Initiative is designed to bridge existing divides between the traditional security community and the WPS community.  The Initiative seeks to reframe and broaden the WPS agenda to include a Gender, Peace, and Security agenda in order to advance knowledge and build and support a community of international security experts that is more diverse and knowledgeable about the gender dimensions of complex international security challenges. The Initiative will include a research and book project as well as a Next Generation Symposium bringing together an international cohort of next-generation leaders in peace and security.

Next Generation Symposia

The 2021 Next Generation Symposium

Women In International Security (WIIS) is pleased to open applications for the 2021 Next Generation Gender, Peace and Security (GPS) Symposium. The WIIS Next Generation Symposium  (NGS) is a highly competitive and  prestigious  program. It is part of a larger WIIS initiative to bridge existing divides between the traditional security community and the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) community.  Through this initiative, we seek to:

(1) advance knowledge about the gender dimensions of international security challenges; and

(2) support a community of national and international security experts that is both diverse and knowledgeable about the gender dynamics of national and international security challenges.

This will be the third Next Generation GPS Symposium. The first two were held in 2017 and 2019 (for more information, see the WIIS website). The 2021 symposium will convene an international cohort of 15 graduate students and young professionals for an unique virtual program examining national and international security challenges from a GPS perspective. The 2021 Symposium will devote particular attention to the nexus of gender and security in three areas: the environmental field, including climate change;  terrorism and violent extremism; and emerging technologies, including cybersecurity. 

  • The symposium is scheduled to take place virtually and will consist of: Research and writing presentations with detailed and focused feedback from senior experts and policymakers;
  • Skills-building workshops, including media-training workshop;
  • Participation in a mentor network  and networking opportunities;
  • Participation in a Next Generation Alumni meeting, including a substantive workshop and public event;
  • Publication Outlets.
For this year’s 2021 Symposium, 9-11 virtual meetings will be scheduled between June 2021 and March 2022. 

Selected participants will become WIIS Next Generation Fellows and will be recognized as such on our website. In addition, WIIS Next Generation Fellows will receive complimentary memberships to WIIS, which entitles them to WIIS member benefits such as:  access to publications, mentorship opportunities, and invitations to exclusive events and other networking opportunities, NGS 2021 Fellows will also join an exclusive mentorship and networking platform that connects them with former NGS Fellows.

In the year following the Symposium, Symposium participants are required to produce at least one blog post. Participants are also invited to submit (individual and/or joint) research and writing projects suitable for policy briefs and brief monographs. WIIS staff will work closely with participants to prepare manuscripts for publication. Publications will be widely distributed through the broad international WIIS network and partner networks.

Apply here. 

Be sure to read our Tips and Tricks for successful applications!

The 2019 Next Generation Symposium

The GPS Next Generation Symposium will convene an international cohort of 20-24 graduate students and young professionals for an intensive 5-day program examining international security challenges from a GPS perspective.

The symposium is took place in November 2019 in Washington, D.C.

The 2019 Next Gen Symposium is a part of a larger WIIS initiative to bridge existing divides between the traditional security community and the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) community.  Through this initiative, we seek to (1) advance knowledge about the gender dimensions of international security challenges; and (2) support a community of international security experts that is both diverse and knowledgeable about gender dynamics of complex international security challenges.

WIIS is grateful to Carnegie Corporation of New York for its generous support of the 2019 GPS Symposium.

This project brings together leading scholars and experts across disciplines and across the globe to take stock of WPS+GPS efforts and define the research and policy agendas for the future.

The 2017 Next Generation Symposium

The five-day symposium examined international security challenges from a gender perspective and brought together an international cohort of 25 graduate students (MA and PhD students). The symposium took place in  November 2017 in Washington, D.C.

The symposium featured interactive lectures and seminar discussions on the gender dimensions of international security challenges. In addition, symposium participants received professional development and skills training, including how to effectively communicate with the media, write for policymakers, and leverage social media. Participants will gained exposure to government agencies, international organizations, and think tanks.

Finally, symposium participants were invited to actively participate in the first workshop of the WPS+GPS research and book project.

Sponsorship

This Initiative is made possible thanks to the generous support of Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Both were original funders of WIIS, and have long understood that sustainable advances in international affairs require community building and field building. Their support is critical in building and nurturing a more diverse security community that advances equal rights for all.