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 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. 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.

Research and Book Project

The research and book project brings together authors from across the world, across genders and across disciplines to advance our understanding of the gender dimensions of international security challenges.  Authors will analyze pressing security challenges with a gender perspective. They will also assess the shortcomings of both the WPS agenda and the traditional security agenda and propose a new more inclusive WPS+GPS agenda.


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.