Feminist foreign policy needs an upgrade

‘FFP2.0’ would have a less gendered focus, broader fairness and better alignment with domestic policy, say Eirliani Abdul Rahman and Jesse Bump.

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Eirliani Abdul Rahman

Doctoral student, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, and Founding member, Global Diplomacy Lab

Jesse Bump

Executive Director, Takemi Program in International Health, and Lecturer on Global Health Policy, Department of Global Health, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University

Unresolved crises of the early 21st century indicate the need for new approaches to foreign policy, whether with regard to war, climate change, forced migration or addressing inequalities caused by colonialism.

Under its first female foreign minister, Annalena Baerbock, Germany announced its commitment to a Feminist Foreign Policy (FFP), in a major shift after 16 years of conservative-led rule. Its purpose would be to further strengthen female rights, resources and representation around the world.

We, the authors, were invited to contribute to this process by the German Federal Foreign Office. Our analysis of a feminist foreign policy identified core vulnerabilities, some of which have been reflected in vociferous public debate in Germany on the ongoing war in Ukraine. To address these shortcomings, we propose a conceptual advancement: Fair Foreign Policy, or FFP2.0.

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