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International Affairs: Reintroducing Women, Peace and Security

8 March 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Chatham House, London


Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Robina Chair in Law, Public Policy, and Society, University of Minnesota; Professor of Law, University of Ulster
Dr Soumita Basu, Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations, South Asian University
Dr Laura J Shepherd, Visiting Fellow, LSE Gender Institute and Centre for Women, Peace and Security; Associate Professor of International Relations, UNSW Australia
Chair: Dr Paul Kirby, Visiting Fellow, LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security; Lecturer in International Security, University of Sussex



This event launches a special issue of International Affairs, timed to coincide with International Women’s Day, analysing 15 years of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda.

Under the UN Charter, the Security Council is charged with the maintenance of international peace and security and has recognized the centrality of gender issues in achieving this aim through the adoption of eight, inter-related resolutions on women, peace and security. On the back of these, governments were encouraged to produce National Action Plans detailing how they would advance gender equality at home and abroad and organizations such as the EU and NATO have incorporated elements of the WPS agenda into their defence and security policies. But has the agenda lived up to its ambitions in its first 15 years?

Our panel, all contributors to the special issue, will provide expert analysis of the failures and achievements of the WPS agenda and explore possible future directions of both scholarship and policy in this area.

This event will be followed by a drinks reception open to all attendees.